How to Easily Get Rid of Snow From Your Windshield

Close up of a car windshield covered in snowIn Canada, it’s an expectation to be greeted by an ice-covered windshield in winter. A bit of snow is not a problem, as it can easily be cleared off with the windshield wipers or a car snow scraper. But, what really stresses out most car drivers is coming face-to-face with a thick blanket of snow accumulated after a heavy snowfall or unexpected snowstorm, and a solid sheet of ice on the windshield. This major hassle delays you going where you need to go and compromises your on-road safety. Read on from the skilled technicians at Budds’ Chevrolet Buick GMC for some effective tips on clearing off ice from your vehicle windshield to continue enjoying safe and unobstructed driving even during the cold months. 

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Tips on How To Clear Off Snow from Your Car Windshield

  • A snow brush is great for cleaning ice-covered windshields but can leave light scratches on the windshield. It’s best to use a foam brush or a non-abrasive snow broom, as they’re both great for removing snow and are gentle on your car. Also, always pull snow in straight, steady lines, as this will minimize scratch visibility if any may occur during this process. 
  • Use the defrost mode to clear off snow from the windshield. Adjust the heat or temperature to the highest setting or as required to melt snow effectively from the windshield. Also, be mindful of idling; don’t use the defrost mode for longer, as that can affect your engine performance. 
  • Don’t use the famous hot water technique because you’re literally adding something scalding on something icy, and this sudden change in temperature may crack your windshield. 
  • Use de-icer sprays, particularly alcohol-based ones, because they are great in preventing snow build-up on your vehicle, helping save time and effort clearing off snow from the windshield. Avoid using salt-based sprays, as they may cause damage to your car.

Preventive Measures to Avoid Snow Buildup on the Car Windshield

Besides keeping in mind the above snow-clearing tips from your car windshield, you must also learn some preventive measures below to reduce the amount of ice and snow that lands on your car:

  • Use a car cover or parking tent
  • Use a windshield cover to cover your windshield and wipers, respectively
  • Know the weather conditions/temperature updates so you can park your car safely under a hood or in a covered parking space, where possible
  • Use de-icer sprays after parking your car in winter 

For more such tips and tricks, stay tuned with the industry-trained technicians at Budds’ Chevrolet Buick GMC. If you have any questions, reach out to us at  905-845-1681 or visit our dealership at 410 South Service Rd West, Oakville, ON.