Another driver complaint

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by gambatte, 5 Mar 2008.

  1. gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    S Yorks
    Drivers, just found another gripe.

    Why do so many think its OK to drive with the frost cleared from a 1’ square of the windscreen only?

    MOT will be failed for a bullseye in the swept area, yet these are going out with >50% off the swept area completely obscured

    Usually means they’ve got no effective mirrors either!
  2. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Guildford / London
    Because cuddled up in their centrally heated bed extension, they waft along as if still dreaming, blissfully unaware of the outside world.
  3. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    South London
    Because a) they don't care, and ;) they're hoping their car will heat up quickly so that they don't freeze.
  4. Trillian

    Trillian New Member

    it takes me 10 mins to clean my screen when taking a mini bus out,

    can't reach properly on half the busses we have but still do the best i can with my nectar card, get most of it.

    love the old LDV vans, you can stand on the bonnet of them to clear the screen!
  5. OP

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    S Yorks
    Takes me 30 seconds to sort out the windscreen, rear and mirrors, once I’ve actually thought ahead and boiled the kettle.;)
  6. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Back when I commuted by car regularly, I used to defrost the windscreen etc thoroughly before setting off. I've no idea why so many people take so little pride or thought in their driving.
  7. davidtq

    davidtq New Member

    Back in my car driving days my favourite method of de icing the windscreen was tepidly warm water with a very heavy dose of salt, stops the screen refreezing as you drive down the road, no risks of temperature change related cracks ;), sure in 10 years time it may cause corrosion problems, but Ive never kept a car for longer than a couple of years... I never saw any corrosion as a result of it... Takes seconds to clear the windscreen like that.

    I think worst method I ever used was a de-icing spray - lethal stuff, sure it clears the screen then refreezes 20 metres down the road with a really awefull hard to remove type of ice...
  8. OP

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    S Yorks
    Best ways probably something like a Webasto preheater. Text your car. Automatically starts up a fuel heater, inline with the engine coolant. Warms up the engine and starts the interior fan, so it defrosts the windscreen.
  9. yorkshiregoth

    yorkshiregoth Master of all he surveys

    When I used to drive I made the mistake of using boiling water to quickly defrost a windscreen. Once huge crack and a costly error.
  10. Plax

    Plax Veteran

    I cycle to work if my windscreen has iced over - it's less hassle!
  11. Muddyfox

    Muddyfox Veteran

    Because they are Lazy and every second counts in the race to get to work ?

    My Method of De-Icing the Car

    Start car - turn heat up to maximum - turn blower up to maximum on windscreen - switch on rear window de-mister thingy - and then go back indoors and enjoy my cup of coffee and when i'm ready the car is lovely and warm and fully de-iced :angry:

  12. domd1979

    domd1979 New Member

    Front heated windscreens are quite a fantastic invention...
  13. Ashtrayhead

    Ashtrayhead Über Member

    Belvedere, Kent.
    I used to put a hot water bottle on the dashboard first thing, and once I'd got tea, shower, shave etc., I came out to a nice clear screen and it didn't mist up inside either.
  14. CotterPin

    CotterPin Senior Member


    Has the car always been there when you finish your coffee? :angry:
  15. Plax

    Plax Veteran

    I think Ford have the patent on that don't they? My boyfriend has a Focus with a heated windscreen. I've never known any other car manufacturer to have one.
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