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    At night fill a 2 litre bottle of water with some screen wash in it. Leave in house with lid off. In the morning, brush the worse of the snow off the car and pour said water over the glasswork and stick wipers on, job done.

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    Water just vaguely lukewarm works very well for ice too. Not hot obviously.

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    I got a heated ice scrapper for Christmas (as a joke) but who's laughing now

    saying, we don't have any snow up here as of yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    Not sure, but it's certainly stupid.

    Easy way to think of it, as I found out this Sunday morning.

    I had a good 4 inches on my boot (saloon). My handy scraper-offer device is in the boot. No problem. Key in, turn, lift open. LLLLLIFT open. Ok, maybe not. Both hands and ALL my strength and I could not open this boot. That means the weight of that snow on the boot and a little from the back windscreen must have been a hell of a weight - probably equal to a passenger. More passengers/weight you have, higher fuel consumption and running costs, higher wear.
    Fuel costs are bad enough as it is!
    Good job it didn't open or you would have ended up with a boot full of snow. :P

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    I left the sun roof open once and had a car full of snow. Luckily it was a company car and we used a mobile cleaning company who came and dried it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMLightfoot View Post
    Heated front windscreen FTW - I have a Ford Focus. My Ice clearing process is as follows:

    Get into car

    Turn engine on, put windscreen to quick-clear, turn on 'heated front windscreen', turn on iPod.

    Listen to music for 3 minutes

    Turn wipers on.

    Sheet of ice crashes sideways onto the driveway.

    Drive away.

    Win.
    That's the one thing I am going to miss about my Ford Apparently the patent runs out soon, possibly this year, so soon all and sundry will have it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Love_Sausage View Post
    Water just vaguely lukewarm works very well for ice too. Not hot obviously.
    LeBoyfriend has an Astra so we fill 3 or 4 4-pint milk bottles with cold water then stand them in the hall against the radiator - they get vaguely lukewarmish when the rads come on at 5am and we found this quite effective at clearing the windscreen.

    For the record, my windscreen clearing process was tongue in cheek - I don't have heated side windows or anything so lights, windows and wing mirrors still need clearing, although the warmish water does that quite well and the two hardest screens are a doddle with heated front and rear.

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    Our cars go in the garage

    I know not everyone has a garage, but always amazes me how many people do, but still leave their cars outside. It still makes me happy every time I don't have to clear a car in the morning. There are potential pitfalls: I got a text from OH at work on Friday "I think I may have nudged the garage door this morning. Sorry." Wasn't really a surprise - I'd seen the garage door...

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    Car in the garage??!! That's where my bike lives... Along with two beds, heaps of camping stuff, gardening tools and MOUNTAINS of carp.

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