How To Get Ice Off of a Windshield Fast

How to Get Ice Off Your Windshield

Manchester winter mornings can be rough for lots of reasons, not the least of which is having to get up early just have enough time to remove snow from a car windshield. Maybe you’re trying to figure out how to get ice off a windshield fast so you can sleep just a few minutes more. For instance, does vinegar melt ice? The service department at BMW of West St Louis wants to help you stay safe on the road, so let’s talk about how to remove snow from a car windshield quickly.

How To Get Ice Off of a Windshield – Fast & Without Damaging Your Car

There’s no real shortcut to removing snow from a car windshield. The fastest way, unfortunately, is to use a scraper. But what if you don’t have one? Are there other methods? Does vinegar melt ice, for example? It can loosen ice, but that’s not the safest method and should only be used when you can’t do any of the methods below. So, follow the methods below, then buy an ice-scraper. No one should go through a St Louis winter without one.

How to Get Ice Off a Windshield Fast (if you don’t have an ice scraper):

  • Start the engine and run the defroster with the heat turned as high as it will go. This will take several minutes.
  • Use a tarp to cover your windshield the night before. This will keep ice from forming directly on the windshield and you can simply remove the cover in the morning. This is one of the most effective ways to remove snow from a car windshield without using any additional fluids.
  • Mix a little bit of commercial deicer to your windshield washer fluid or spray a small amount directly on the windshield. Remember, use a very small amount.
  • Use a mixture of rubbing alcohol and water. Mix 2/3 alcohol with 1/3 water, so as not to damage the paint.
  • Use vinegar and water as a last resort. Does vinegar melt ice? Not really. But it can loosen it up if you use it in the same proportion listed for alcohol above. But this should be done sparingly.

Let our Service Department Winterize Your Car

Did you know that our service department can help make sure your car can handle the cold weather? Schedule an appointment with us and make the trip from Ballwin to our service center so that we can take care of it. Now that you know how to get ice off a windshield, check out our other tips and tricks. We’re just down the road from Ladue so drop by or contact us today.


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