Preparing your car on a winters morning

It’s 7:30 am. It’c cold and it’s dark. You’ve managed to leave the shower, eat your breakfast and you’re out the door. Then it hits you. FROST! Yes the colder seasons are upon us bringing with it your old enemies, ice, snow and frost. Don’t panic, we are here to give you some practical tips as well as dispelling some myths surrounding your car!

Leave the boiling water for your coffee

Yes your windscreen might be covered in frost and of course pouring water of a higher temperature onto it will clear it, but it may also crack your windscreen, thus clearing your bank account. When the two extreme temperatures meet there is a chance they might react explosively causing some serious damage to your precious glass.

Don't sit down

The temptation to jump in the front seat, blast on the heating and switch ont he wipers is a big one. But, does it ever really work? Probably not and in fact you could be damaging your car. The wipers and engine will be put under necessary wear.

Right tool for the right job

Whilst you may be tempted to use your husbands ‘Best of Status Quo’ CD case to tackle the frost, we wouldn’t recommend it. Car keys, CD’s, credit cards – all of these can damage the windscreen as well as the object itself. Invest in a ice scraper and some good quality de ice spray and get to work the right way.

Old news

It is a myth that a laying the sheets from a newspaper on the windscreen will effectively stop ice building up on your windscreen. Your run the risk of permanently having yesterdays news stuck to your windscreen creating a bigger problem than you were trying to prevent.

Cover up

You can prevent ice from building up on your windscreen. The night before, lay a double folded sheet across the windscreen and trap it in the door or using the wipers. It may not look pretty, but for those of us without a garage, this a fix that will save you time tomorrow morning.

Perfect vision

Yes it might be cold and the car might be warmer but don’t just clear the right hand side. Remember you need to be able to see all around you so clear the entire windscreen. Then move around the entire car checking all windows, windscreens and both side mirrors as frost can still build up here.

Whilst it may be annoying and a nuisance for you, don’t leave the task of de-icing half done as this is key to improving visibility on the roads, ultimately keeping you safe!

So there you have it - our hints and tips for dealing with frosty mornings. Don't forget you can book your vehicle into any of our Burrows sites for a Winter Check for just £19.99. This will ensure that your car is ready for whatever winter will throw at you. Contact any of our centres today to book yours.