- Car Care & Maintenance
3 Tips for Preventing Windshields from Becoming Frozen
As temperature drops, it’s not unusual for the windshield and windshield wipers to freeze into place. Having to scrape off the ice from the car windows is a special form of torture. It’s not only incredibly tedious, but also backbreaking. To avoid having to deal with frozen windshield wipers, consider implementing the following 3 tips.
Cover the Windshield at Night
At night, the temperature drops below freezing on most days during the winter. This can easily cause the windshield wipers to freeze into place. To prevent this from happening, cover the windshields at night with some cloth or even a piece of cardboard. Make sure to raise the wipers first, so that the entire area is covered. Lower the windshield wipers onto the cover in order to hold it in place.
Those who do not have any windshield wipers with them should try to park in an enclosed space. This might be a garage or even an underground parking lot. Some dealerships offer free windshield covers for free to their members. Ask a car dealer whether they can throw in windshield wipers.
Check the Condition of the Wiper Blades
Another popular solution for preventing windshield wipers from becoming frozen is to inspect the wiper blades and to install new ones whenever necessary. Windshield wipers don’t last forever, unfortunately. They usually have a lifespan of approximately six to twelve months. Once it has reached that age, the rubber on the wiper blades could crumble or even ripple in some areas. This means that the wiper blades will no longer offer a clean sweep.
A car dealer should be able to provide more information as to when the wiper blades need to be replaced. Some car owners even recommend putting socks on their wipers.
Switch to Winter Windshield Wiper Fluid
Many car owners are unaware that there are different types of windshield wiper fluid. To prevent the windshield wipers from freezing over, consider switching over to a winter-specific windshield wiper fluid. This type of fluid works in a similar manner to the original type. The only difference is that its chemical composition will never freeze.
Car owners can either directly pour the windshield wiper fluid onto the windshield in order to prevent it from freezing over, or they can simply fill up the windshield wipers.
Protect the windshields from the cold to ensure that they don't become frozen.