Car experts warn to never defrost windscreen with hot or cold water

As temperatures drop below freezing in the UK, water vapour in the air is cooled, causing frost and ice.

In other words, it's time to start de-icing your car in the mornings again.

And we all know how time-consuming it can be to defrost your car especially when you're in a rush.

But it doesn't have to be too difficult and there's many ways of doing it without wasting a lot of time.

It's important to do it safely too as the Highway Code says windows and windscreens must be kept clean and visible for drivers.

The experts from LeaseVan.co.uk have compiled a list of what you shouldn't do when de-icing your car.

1. Start your car and let it warm up – then leave it

Be careful as you could risk a £20 fine and penalty points if you leave your car running while you're not beside it.

That's because you should never leave your car to defrost while the engine is idling.

And it makes it an easy target for thieves too.

2. Try to defrost the windscreen using hot, cold or warm water

We're all probably guilty of doing this one as it's the quickest thing to do in the mornings right?

But if you use warm or hot water, it could cause the glass to crack.

It can also break due to thermal shock when the temperatures change really suddenly.

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3. Just make a peephole in the middle of the ice or snow and then drive off

As the Highway Code states windows and windscreens must visible, this is definitely not okay.

If you did this you could receive a £60 fine and three penalty points on your licence for driving with limited vision.

Instead you have to clean the whole windscreen before driving off.

4. Use anything but a made-for-purpose ice scraper

When rushing to get to work in the morning, it's easy to reach for anything to do the job.

You might want to use a bank card or CD to scrape the ice off but that's wrong.

If you used anything other than an ice scraper you could end up scratching your windscreen.

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