Woman shares viral hack to de-ice car windscreen but the AA warns against it
A woman who shared a hack of how to de-ice your car in seconds during the winter months has racked up two million views – but the AA has warned of the danger the method poses.
Many drivers will use a scrapper or multiple trips with a kettle to shift the ice on their windows, but TikTok user @Kimbutt26 shared her technique which appeared to be the easiest yet.
The viral clip shows water from a kettle being poured into a carrier bag, before it’s dragged across the windscreen to melt the ice and leave it safe to drive.
It was captioned ‘That’s one way of getting rid of ice’ and proved to be popular with viewers, as one commented to say: “This is my new normal, thank you.”
A second commented: “You telling me in school I’d be waiting for my mum to bring six kettles full out so she could drop me at school when she could of done this.”
However, guidance given by the AA warns motorists not to use boiling water on frozen windows as it could prove to be a very expensive time saver, Daily Star reports.
It said using boiling water carries a real risk of cracking the glass, stating on its website: “Glass expands quickly when hot or even warm water touches it.
“But it’ll contract quickly too as it cools down in the cold air. That flexing can make the glass crack even if you’re using lukewarm water – especially if it had small chips or cracks already.”
The AA instead says the best way to remove ice is with a traditional scraper.
And other viewers took to the comments to pass on the warning to others, as one said: “Don’t do this, you can shatter your windscreen!”
Another added: “That’s also a great way to crack your screen. Not so clever.”