With temperatures starting to get a bit lower, it is important to be mindful when looking after our cars. We have all experienced the dread when we briskly walk out to our car in freezing weather, only to find our windscreen and car locks are frozen over. If you have some de-icer to hand, then the problem can be solved pretty easily. However to save money on endless cans of de-icer, there are measures you can take to prevent your car from freezing over in the first place.
Dip your Car Key Into Vaseline
To prevent your car door lock from freezing over, dip your car key into Vaseline or spray WD-40 over the key, then put your key into the lock and turn back and fourth a few times to lubricate the lock. Once the lubricator is applied to all parts of the lock, repeat this process for good measure. This should be done at least once a week in Winter months according to Accuweather. To melt ice on an already frozen car lock, the same process also works. However, be careful not to force the key into the lock as this may break the car key.
Put a Windscreen Cover over your Windscreen during the Night
If you want to avoid that sheer annoyance when finding a frozen-over windscreen, put a windscreen cover or folded sheet over the screen, using your windscreen wipers to hold the sheet in place. Additionally, to protect your side mirrors from frost, place a plastic bag over each mirror and secure them with rubber bands.
Rub Half an Raw Onion over your Windscreen and Mirrors…
This is an unconventional but very cheap way to prevent frost from forming over your windscreen, windows, and mirrors. Simply rub half of an onion on the entire Windscreen and you’ll be readily prepared for chilly morning.
Avoid using Hot Water and Ice Scrapers to Clear the Ice
Although it seems like an effective way to melt ice, hot water is extremely dangerous to use on a frozen-over windscreen. The quick temperature change from cold to hot can cause cracks in the glass, which is expensive to fix. The hot water will also just freeze again and you’ll be back where you started!
There is also a risk of damaging your windscreen and mirrors by using an ice scraper, so it is best to avoid them altogether and use a more suitable alternative.
If you have a broken car key or car lock, contact us on 01392 461200.