Scraping Vehicle Windows: Choose Your Weapon Wisely!

Three different window scrapers, big one with brush, small hand scraper, and credit card
No one likes scraping vehicle windows. But for those of us living in colder climates, it’s just part of a regular day. However, there are a few things we can do that make it easier. 1.       Select the right tool for the job! Although you could use one of the plastic gift cards or bank cards from your wallet, it is not the right tool for the job. Find an actual scraper! They come in a variety of sizes and designs. So, when possible, select one with a longer handle. This will allow you to apply more force when scraping vehicle windows and maintain a more neutral posture when reaching for the middle of the windshield. This will reduce your chances of injury (and save you from having a bent credit card). 2.       Warm up the car before beginning to scrape – whenever possible. Consider starting the car, cleaning all the snow off the car first, and scrape the windows last. This allows more time for the car to warm and the ice to melt. 3.       For thicker ice, use the teeth on the back of the scraper first (yes, that’s what those are for). These teeth are designed to weaken the ice, so it is easier to scrape the ice clean off your windshield. 4.       Replace your scraper on a regular basis. Much like using a dull knife to try and cut, a dull scraper will require more effort than a newer one with a cleaner, sharper edge. Remember to dress appropriately and keep your hands warm while you are completing this task. And keep in mind, winter doesn’t last forever!
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