With the weather getting colder and wetter, the hindrance of getting in our cars first thing in the morning with frozen fogged-up windows is upon us. This isn’t great when you’re late for work. So what can you do to stop your car windows from fogging up?
First things first, clear the frost on the outside of the windscreen, if any. This will increase the temperature slightly of your screen.
If you do this job with the engine running, great. But I have to emphasize that you should not turn your car’s heating on as soon as you start the car. The heat you get from your heaters is drawn from the engine’s cooling system. (Confused yet?) If you turn on your fans straight away, you’ll be taking away the little heat the car has generated and actually be cooling the engine. Don’t turn your heaters on for a good five or ten minutes; after that, you can blast the heaters and clear your screen a lot quicker than if you had them running from startup.
OK, this step may not sort out a steamed windscreen if there’s a problem, but it may get you on your way quicker.
If your car steams up no matter what you do, then here are a few things you should do to prevent excess moisture building up and to maybe eliminate some causes of that.
- If you are always in a hurry and wipe the windscreen on the inside with a mitt or tissue, this could be one of your problems. Doing this makes the windscreen dirty and oily, making it easier for the moisture to build up, so no sooner have you wiped it than it steams up again. Try to avoid wiping your windscreen.