We have seen our fair share of impatient drivers come in needing auto glass replacement after they’ve tried to creatively remove ice from their windshields. Today here at Clear Choice Autoglass, your vehicle is our top priority, and we’re going to compile a list of the top five vehicle de-icing myths and debunk them.

  • Pouring hot water on your vehicle’s windshield and windows will melt the ice, letting you into your car sooner. False! While this might melt the ice, you also run the risk of shattering your windshield due to extreme temperature fluctuation.
  • You can tap the ice on your car windshield with a hammer to break it into pieces. If that doesn’t work, you can try hammering on a screwdriver or ice pick. False! This normally results in a large crack or impact hole in your windshield.
  • You can scrape the ice off your windshield with a metal ice scraper, spatula, crowbar, or utility knife. False! The metal either scratches or cuts grooves in the glass.
  • You can use a propane torch to melt the ice from your car and windshield. False! Not only is this dangerous to the torchbearer, but this also can unintentionally melt the glass from the high temperature of the torch.
  • You can pour or even spray a mix of vinegar and water onto your windshield so that it freezes to the glass before the rain does. This will prevent ice! False! Vinegar will actually eat pits into your windshield!