Winter TikTok ‘hack' could leave your windscreen damaged, RAC warns

Winter TikTok ‘hack' could leave your windscreen damaged, RAC warns
There’s nothing quite as frustrating as rushing to work or the school run only to be greeted by an ice-covered windscreen, especially if your car’s heating system isn’t as powerful as it could be.

TikTokker Andrew Huston (@andrewh.7) has shared a seemingly genius way of solving the problem, however, his method could risk cracking your windscreen.

In his 15 second video, the 20-year-old shows how he fills a sandwich bag with hot water before dragging it over his windscreen to melt frost away.

While the video’s possibly sarcastic caption reads: “yOuR WeLcOmE” (sic) viewers might not be so thankful for the tip if they try it for themselves.

@andrewh.7

yOuR WeLcOmE ����

♬ original sound - Andrew Huston

The quick-fire clear-up clocked 23 million views, more than 3 million likes and over 12,000 comments at the time of writing, and concern is growing that the winter ‘hack’ could inspire others to inadvertently damage their car.

RAC spokesperson Rod Dennis said: “Any driver doing this risks cracking their windscreen. It’s down to how cold the windscreen is and how hot the water is – something that’s impossible to judge until it’s too late.”

From hairdryers to kettles, and scrapers made from credit cards, there are plenty of makeshift methods for clearing a frosted windscreen, that could actually end up costly.

The RAC's seven top tips to keeping your windscreen clear in winter explain how using your heating properly and keeping a can of de-icer handy, is the best approach over these ‘hacks’.

“Our advice is not to attempt this hack as it’s more likely to backfire and become a crack. It’s always best to stick to what works first time, every time and use a scraper and a can of de-icer, ” said Mr Dennis.

Whatever you do it’s important to have a clear view of the road before you drive.

Rule 229 of the Highway Code says “you MUST be able to see, so clear all snow and ice from all your windows”.1

Have you attempted the TikTok windscreen-clearing hack? Did you damage your windscreen? Let us know in the comments below.

All of the items needed to keep your windscreen clear can be found in the RAC Shop, including an anti-frost windscreen cover.

 


1. https://www.highwaycodeuk.co.uk/icy-and-snowy-weather.html
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