Autoglym have conducted research into what Britons use to De Ice their cars with. The results are pretty worrying!
Almost a quarter (23.9%) of motorists have used their credit card to clear frost from their car
More than 15% of those surveyed have also used boiling water to melt ice from their windscreen, putting it at risk of cracking or shattering due to the extreme change in temperature
Over 5% of yound drivers (up to 24) have used alcoholic drinks as an alternative to proper de-icer
A fifth of motorists aged over 55 were found to have used cooking utensils such as spatulas
Motorists also said they had used books, newspapers, CD cases, clothes and kitchen towels instead of using an ice scraper
By failing to use a proper de-icer and ice scraper, motorists can cause permanent damage to their cars – notably by scratching glass or by damaging the surrounding rubber seals
Driving with ice still obscuring parts of the windscreen and side windows can also lead to a collision with other vehicles or pedestrians, and is an offence punishable by a fine and points on the driver’s licence.