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Tips on Defrosting Your Car Windows

It’s early in the morning and you’re tired. The cold weather makes you want to stay in bed but you have to get up for work. As soon as you walk out the door, you notice your car. At the sight of fogged up car windows, you suppress a groan and get inside, blasting on your defroster. What if this happens when you’re running late for work or school and can’t sit around waiting for the windows to defrost? Well, in this blog, we’re going to offer some tips on how you can defrost your windows in a quicker manner.  

Turn on the AC

The AC in your car also works as a dehumidifier and doesn’t just blast out cool air. When you turn on your defroster by its recognizable icon, make sure the switch labeled “AC” is also on. These work together as part of your HVAC system with the vents circulating airflow to the outlets on the dashboard; that, in turn, is directed at your windshield. Sometimes the defroster turns off automatically once your car’s climate has leveled out and won’t fog up again.

Give yourself extra time in the mornings to defrost your car windows

By extra time, we mean at least 10-15 minutes. No need to sacrifice an extra hour of sleep in the morning just to defrost your windows. Sometimes your car just won’t defrost in the timeframe that you need it to. Other times you check traffic and it’s gotten so bad that you have to leave before it gets worse. In any case, it’s always best to be prepared for the worst-case scenario. Give your car some time and catch up on the news on social media as you sit in the car and wait. Patience is a virtue, as they say.

Use a window cleaner or wipe with cloth or towel

This is generally a last resort when you have to leave right away, but it can be dangerous because your windows could fog up again during the drive. This is also why it’s important to visit your local auto shop for a maintenance check to ensure all the necessary functions are working properly. Window cleaners that don’t leave behind residue are your go-to for this manual option. Sometimes a clean window prevents condensation from building up. All in all, the extra labor is worth the safe drive.

Conclusion

Condensation occurs more often during the winter because of the climate, and the occupants inside a house or vehicle stay warm. That heat results in moisture build-up, which hits the cold glass and breeds condensation or fogging. It’s never safe to drive with foggy windows because it distorts your visibility. This is especially true when you leave early in the morning and the sun is barely up yet. Foggy car windows are a common occurrence, and don’t freak out if you’ve been waiting nearly half an hour and see that they still haven’t cleared up. With our simple tips, you’llbe on the road in no time.

Most Common Car Problems and Auto Repairs During the Winter

As we draw closer and closer to the winter months, your vehicle becomes more susceptible to the elements than other parts of the year. As a result, we tend to see more traffic in our shop than usual.

While this is typically a wonderful season for spending time with the family, the cold weather can really take its toll on our cars. In this post, we will run down some of the most common car problems you may encounter as it gets chilly outside.

Dead Batteries

your vehicle becomes susceptible to the elements in winter monthsThis is easily one of the worst things you have to deal with during the winter. There are few things worse than trying to hurry to work on a cold morning and realizing your battery has died. Batteries require more energy than other components because more is demanded out of them compared to the warmer months.

One of the best ways you can avoid this problem altogether is by keeping your vehicle inside a garage. If you don’t own a garage or another vehicle is currently preoccupying the space, make sure you park with the hood as close to a building as possible to shield it from the wind.

There are also snow-specific covers out there you can purchase, but don’t bother with the cheap ones from the department store as you could risk damaging your vehicle’s paint job. Finally, store some jumper cables in your trunk in the event where you may need a jump-start.

Winter is one of the most common causes of tire pressure loss Low Tire Pressure

One of the most common problems our customers face during this period is the loss of pressure in their tires. It has been calculated where tires are able to lose as much as an entire pound or two of pressure for every 10 degrees the temperature drops. Not only are you losing fuel economy because of this, but your tires will also lose a significant amount of tread, making winter driving that much more hazardous.

Be sure to purchase a tire pressure gauge and check it regularly. They can cost as little as a few dollars, but their return on investment is significantly higher. Plus, it can instill a good routine you can continue to practice throughout the year. You may also want to consider winter tires if you live in an area with a heavy amount of snowfall.

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