WITH temperatures dropping, many drivers wake up to find their cars covered in ice or snow.
As winter weather sets in, drivers may find they can’t get into their vehicle because the car door is frozen – but don’t worry, there are a number of safer ways to fix the problem.
When temperatures drop, the risk of your car locks freezing up increases – and when it does, it can cause a lot of problems.
The good news is that there are multiple ways to pick frozen car door locks.
Here’s a look at some useful tips and tricks experts have given for accessing a frozen door.
Finding your vehicle covered in snow or ice can be annoying – especially when you’re in a hurry.
Therefore, it is important to know how to properly and safely de-ice your car.
According to the RAC, drivers should take about ten minutes to thoroughly clean their windshield with a scraper and, if necessary, de-icer.
Before attempting to clear snow, first make sure your windshield wipers are not on.
If wipers are frozen to the window, the wiper motor can be damaged or the rubber can tear off when they start wiping.
The RAC suggests squirting de-icer “on the outside of the screen if it’s frozen over in the morning and using a suitable scraper to wipe away any excess water or ice crystals.”
If you don’t have deicer, experts say you can use a basic solution of water with an extra teaspoon of salt to pour over the affected areas.
When it comes to clearing snow, the AA recommends using a soft brush to give the front grille a good clean.
Not only is it important to know how to properly de-ice your vehicle, but also what NOT to do.
You should never pour a kettle of boiling hot water over the windows to try to melt ice.
The resulting thermal shock can shatter your windows – leading to a very high bill.
Also, never use a bank card, CD case, or anything similar to scrape away ice and snow—this method could not only break your card, but also scratch your windows.
When it comes to the inside of your windows, you should never wipe them—even if you’re tempted to.
Because you run the risk of leaving marks on your windshield that could impair your vision over time.
Finally, remember never to drive until your windshield, rear window, side windows and door mirrors are free of ice, snow or condensation.
According to the Road Traffic Act, it is forbidden to drive when visibility is poor.