Now that we are in the frigid part of the winter, ice on your windshield will seem like a constant each morning when you head out to your car. It can be tempting to ignore it, but if you do it could result in you getting into a New Haven auto accident and being injured or worse. Ice on your windshield is much more then just a nuisance it can be deadly and properly removing it will ensure that you are taking the necessary safety precautions to protect yourself and others while driving during the winter months.
Did you know that there is a right way and a wrong way to remove ice from your windshield? It’s true, according to AAA Northeast, using a sharp edged object like a metal scraper or shovel can cause damage to your windshield that can make it more difficult to see out of or worse yet weaken it and cause it to crack more easily when an object hits it. While these issues may not seem likely, when the cold weather is bitter it can cause brittle glass to fracture with just the simplest of touch.
What should you do instead?
The first step in making sure you are removing ice from your windshield safely is to warm up your car and properly set the defogger/defroster so that it softens up the ice that is there. This will make it so you can take it a little easier on your windshield. Next, you will want to use a plastic ice sraper which will give you the proper amount of leverage to clear the ice away without the sharp edges that could damage your window. If you’d prefer to skip a scraper all together, you can certainly gently tap on the ice and as it softens from the use of your defroster you will be able to break it apart and slide it off with your hands.
Clearing away ice from your windshield can make the difference between driving with blind spots and driving with a clear view on the New Haven roads.
If you or a loved one were injured in a New Haven auto accident and think you may need an attorney to review your case, contact our office and one of our experienced attorneys will take a look.