Winter weather can be full of great activities that aren’t possible year round. Snow sledding, ice skating, skiing and snowball fights! But winter weather is also the cause of some unhappy activities, like dealing with an ice covered car. If you live in a place that is frosty a good portion of the year, you may want to invest in a conventional ice scrapper. And for those with a little extra cash and room to spare, there are also plenty of top of the line ice scrapers out there too, including one that plugs into your car’s 12-volt plug and heats as you scrape.
But what happens when you find yourself with an ice covered car and no ice scrapper? Check your glove box and wallet! Your car and pockets are probably full with everyday items that could be used in a pinch to deice your car and get you on your way. For instance, a CD case can be a very useful ice scraping tool. However, avoid using the actual CD… unless it happens to be a compilation of sappy love songs from your ex, in that case, we say scrape away!
Another option is a plastic card. No, not your bank card, but one of similar shape and size will do. Try a grocery store club card, used gift card, or really anything that you don’t mind potentially ruining. Some companies even make credit card sized scrapers to give out to their cold weather customers. Which ever plastic card you choose, hold it at a 45-degree angle and scrape the ice away with relative ease.
The most important thing to remember is not to use anything that could scratch or crack your windshield. That means avoid hard plastics and NEVER use hot water to melt the ice!!! The hot water will only cause more freezing AND will likely crack your windshield!!