BROKEN BOW— As frost continues to cover the ground and vehicles, taking the extra five minutes to scrape off your windshield could be the difference between getting to your destination or getting into a car accident.
One Broken Bow resident found this out the hard way on Monday, February 10 as they had failed to scrape their windows and caused an accident that totaled their vehicle. According to the accident report from the Broken Bow Police Department, the driver of a 2007 Chevy Aveo was making a left turn onto South E Street from South 12th Ave when it hit a 2000 Dodge Dakota that was traveling west on South E Street.
The Dodge sustained damage to the driver’s side rear tire that was estimated at $200. The Chevy had major front end damage and was listed as totaled.
The report states that the driver of the Chevy had only cleaned a small area on the front window and could not see properly as all of the windows were frosted over. They were issued a citation for the accident.
Taking the extra time to scrape off your vehicle windows could prevent accidents such as this one or something much worse. According to Today.com, there is a special concoction that can be used to quickly defrost your car if you don’t like standing in the cold.
The secret ingredients? Isopropyl or rubbing alcohol and water. Here’s what you do: Mix ⅓ part water and ⅔ part isopropyl or rubbing alcohol together and pour into a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto your windshield, and you should see the ice disappear instantly.
According to the article, there was concern about alcohol ruining the paint on the car, but it was assured that there should only be small amounts coming in contact with the paint. Washing and/or waxing your vehicle will also help in protecting the paint from most things that come in contact with the paint’s surface.