It sounds like a good idea: the windshield is heavily icy in the morning, you do not want to scratch for half an hour. So just a bucket of hot water over it and wipe it all away? If you do not, the ADAC car club recommends the ten worst mistakes in winter. So, here are 10 best tips for driving in winter.
Mistake 1: Hot water on the windshield
Anyone throwing hot or boiling water over the glass for defrosting windshields risks that the windshield will jump. There is nothing left but to scratch and / or to use a glass of water.
Mistake 2: Burning spirit in the windscreen washer system
If, instead of antifreeze, you simply flip the firing solution into the windscreen water, ice crystals can bloom on the cold pane and hinder visibility after the windshield wiper application. A true antifreeze therefore contains additional substances against re-frosting.
Mistake 3: Open doors with violence
If the iced car door is often opened with force, the seals can tear in the long run. The seals do not freeze if they are treated in time with, for example, a rubber care stick.
Mistake 4: Press wipers with frozen leaves
If frozen windshield wipers are operated, the rubber lip can break, the fuse blows or the mechanism can be damaged. It is better to lift the wiper blades off the panes before it becomes icy.
Mistake 5: Connect the heating blanket
Some have tried to plug a heating blanket on the cigarette lighter, so that the children have a cozy warmth. Possible result: The ceiling draws so much power that the battery is sluggish – especially when the engine is stopped.
Mistake 6: Children with a thick jacket in the child seat
If you put children with a thick jacket in the child seat, the belt is not safe enough because the jacket leaves too much room for maneuver. You should take off the jacket or open it, or at least push the lap belt under the jacket.
Mistake 7: Hot water bottles on the dashboard
Some place a hot water bottle on the dashboard to keep the disc free or less muddled. But the hot water bottles can fall down and in the worst case the pedals block.
Mistake 8: Leave mobile phone in the car
If mobile phone or mobilnavi remain in the car overnight, the batteries can be damaged in extreme cold.
Mistake 9: Start the fog light
The rear fog lamp may only be switched on under visibility below 50 meters. The luminaire can dazzle other traffic users.
Mistake 10: Only drive with daytime driving lights
The daytime running light is not enough, especially in twilight, fog and in bad weather. In such conditions, also switch on the low beam during the daytime.