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Drivers warned about popular defrosting hack which can cause a lot of damage

Drivers warned about popular defrosting hack which can cause a lot of damage

An expert says that the TikTok hack can actually cause your car more harm than good

Most of us would do just about anything to avoid sitting in our icy vehicles waiting for the windows to defrost on a cold winter morning.

But, as freezing temperatures return, an expert has warned against one popular windscreen-clearing hack that could leave your car with some serious damage.

Over the years, drivers have come up with a wide array of tips and tricks for speeding up the defrosting process.

The supposed hacks vary in effectiveness, ranging from completely useless to actually pretty decent.

Dorry Potter, an expert at National Scrap Car, has explained how one popular TikTok trick can do your car more harm than good.

Potter has urged motorists to be careful when using a well-known hack that sees people fill a ziplock bag or sandwich bag with hot or boiling water, before rubbing it over the windscreen.

The hack is incredibly popular on TikTok.
TikTok/@dashgnatyuk

Speaking to The Express, she said that this can cause ‘cracks’ in the glass, which may get worse over time.

"A hack that circulates every year is using warm water in a zip lock bag and rubbing it on the windscreen,” Potter said.

"Motorists are advised to be cautious when applying anything heated to their windscreen as the dramatic change in temperature can cause small cracks to appear in the glass which can cause the screen to shatter when another bout of frost arrives.”

Potter warned against another method, too, continuing: "Drivers should never use boiling water either. Similarly, homemade concoctions should be used with care too.

"Using items such as a potato or onion to clear frost could leave smears or a residue on the screen which in turn could reduce the driver’s visibility, making it just as dangerous as frost to drive. It may be more sensible to stick with a de-icing spray instead."

Potter warned against it as it can cause glass to crack.
TikTok/@dashgnatyuk

Instead, Potter thinks your best bet is to use a windscreen cover, which helps protect your vehicle from frost overnight.

She explained: "As temperatures drop the stress of heading out on time due to a frosty car is soon approaching, so it is important for motorists to make sure they are prepared ahead of time.

"One of the best 'hacks' for defrosting windscreens is to prevent the frost from forming on it in the first place.

"Using a windscreen cover will protect the windscreen from frost, meaning that there is no need for scraping first thing.

"Simply place the cover on the windscreen in the evening and remove before heading off in the morning.”

Potter added: "Cardboard, an old towel or sheet can also work but risk being moved by wind, wet weather or just not being held in place properly.

"Something that could also help is making sure your car is parked out of the shade and ideally facing the East, this means that when the sun rises in the morning it will begin to naturally defrost your car.

"Of course, this is only useful for those that don’t commute super early before the sun has a chance to rise."

Featured Image Credit: Getty Stock Photos

Topics: Cars, Hacks, TikTok, Weather