Warning issued to motorists in Scarborough defrosting their cars in the morning

With temperatures plummeting, Scarborough is starting to feel the bite as winter sets in.

By Susie Beever
Tuesday, 19th November 2019, 8:55 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th November 2019, 8:56 am

And if there is anything worse than waking up in the dark, it's waking up in the dark and having to defrost your car.

Motorists travelling to work early have to battle regularly with that morning frost that forces you to scrape stubborn ice particles off your windscreen.

Of course, there are quicker ways to de-ice your car than showering your frozen hands with powdered ice at 6.30am.

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But some methods of thawing car windows can actually damage your car, or even leave you vulnerable to crime.

Leaving your engine running

However inviting it may seem to go back inside where it's warm while you leave your air conditioning to thaw your windscreens, this is a big no-no.

Police repeatedly warn motorists against leaving your keys in the ignition with the engine running.

Many car owners have had their vehicles stolen or items inside taken while they had their back turned.

Leaving your car open and your engine running means your insurance is invalid if this were to happen.

Boiling water

Pouring hot or boiling water straight from the kettle over your windscreen may seem like a quick and easy solution, but doing this can crack the glass and lead to a hefty repair bill.

Instead of boiling water, an easy and risk-free solution is to use de-icer spray, or to thaw the ice by dragging a plastic bag filled with warm water across the windows which will instantly melt it without causing damage.

Scraping the ice away with your windscreen wipers

This may also seem an easier option to doing it by hand, but stubborn ice could cause wiper blades to get stuck and snap.

Ice can also damage the rubber pads underneath your windscreen wipers, causing them to damage the glass.

Ineffective wiper blades may not seem like a major problem, but it may cause poor visibility and can land you a fine of £100 which rises to £1,000 if taken to court.

Motoring advice recommends changing your windscreen wipers once every 12 months when your car is serviced.

It is recomended to rid your windscreen of ice by using a de-icing solution, and remember to leave extra time to thoroughly get rid of ice from your car.