While it doesn’t get as cold here in Florida the way it does up in the north, a little bit of chilly air can definitely make your windshield, windows, and mirrors hard to clean and deal with. For instance, right now in January, you could wake up to find your car’s glass all foggy and hard to clean. And if you’re traveling anywhere much colder, it could get much worse. Ice on the glass can complicate the cleaning process, making you take longer than expected to get to wherever you want to go. For that reason, whether you’re driving in Florida or somewhere much colder, the following time-saving auto glass tricks should help you out this winter so that you’re never late to your destination:
When Your Windshield is Fogged Up or Icy
Condensation can easily occur, especially if the air inside your car is warmer than the air outside the car. The cool, dry air all around the vehicle can make the glass all fogged up and irritating to clean. Though, what’s worse than condensation is an icy glass. So what can you do during the winter months to avoid these two problems? There are a couple of actions you can take, and each is just as great as the other:
- You can park your car facing the east, where the sun rises. This will naturally defrost your auto glass every morning so you never have to clean the condensation or scrape the ice off the windshield.
- Create a DIY de-icer using a combination of three-parts vinegar and one-part water, and then spray that mixture on your car’s glass to prevent ice from forming.
- Use shaving cream on the inside of your windshield and then wipe it off. Your glass will be fog-free.
- Take an old sock and fill it with cat litter, and then leave it in your car overnight. This will absorb all the water and prevent condensation.
When Your Windshield Wipers Are Stuck to the Glass
During the winter, your windshield wipers might become a little hard or even freeze to the glass. This can be a pesky thing to fix, but there are a couple of preventative measures as well as solutions if it ever happens to you.
- Soak a microfiber cloth with rubbing alcohol and use it to wipe each wiper blade. This will help the blades to not stick to the glass.
- Place an old sock on each wiper blade overnight so that the cold air and/or snow doesn’t mess with them.
When Your Side-View Mirrors Are Covered with Ice
Side-view mirrors are just as important as anything else, so it’s crucial to keep them clean and dry. The best way to do that is to cover each mirror with a plastic bag each night.
When Your Headlights Have a Haze
Although headlights aren’t an auto glass part, they are still vital for a safe drive. The best way to keep them in tiptop shape in the winter is to use a baking soda and vinegar mixture. Take two tablespoons of baking soda or so and about a tablespoon of vinegar. Pour them in a cup and mix them together. Make sure you get a pasty mixture. If the solution is too water, add more baking soda. Then take a microfiber cloth, dip it in the mixture, and use it to rub the headlights clean. The yellow haze will go away in just a few minutes.
Maintaining your auto glass this winter doesn’t have to take long hours. By following these time-saving tips and tricks, you’ll have a clean windshield twenty-four-seven.