Be careful while clearing ice from windshield

Many people use hot water to clear ice from their windshield, but mechanics say it's a big no.

As cold continues to grip Central Georgia, a mechanic is warning that a traditional way of clearing ice from your windshield could cause damage.

Mechanic Keith Hamby has a warning for drivers who pour hot water over their windshield during times of extreme cold.

“It potentially can damage the glass by cracking it,” said Hamby.

He’s seen it happen. You can find videos on YouTube of at least one car owner’s experience as a dousing of hot water on a frosted windshield leads to a crack.

And even if you avoid a cracked windshield, Hamby says the method won’t solve your cold weather problems

“What oftentimes will end up happening is that very water will end up refreezing, and you'll have a new sheet of ice,” said Hamby.

Hamby would prefer that drivers fire up the engine and use their defroster.

“That's going to put lukewarm to eventually hot air on the glass, giving it time to adjust to a radical temperature change,” said Hamby.

And running the engine for a bit, especially when the temperature is below 30-degrees, will allow the oil and other fluids to get moving.

Some people swear by a homemade de-icing solution of one part rubbing alcohol, one part water. 

The solution is applied to a frosty windshield using a spray bottle. 

AAA says it can be effective in speeding the de-icing process, but drivers need to be careful because the solution can remove the wax from the car’s body, exposing it to the elements.

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