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acerlt 01-13-2011 10:52 PM

Do you do this?
I sometimes wonder, when I do "weird" things, if I am the only one.

For instance: I live in a cold snowy place. I don't have a garage. I hate waking up to an ice covered windshield.

So if it is snowing as I drive home, or if I know it is going to be snowing soon after I get home (and this winter, it snows EVERY NIGHT) I turn off all heat and defrost in the car, to keep the windshield cold. I even drive with the windows open for the last mile.

This way, when the snow hits the windshield after I;ve gone inside for the night, it will just lie on top, not melt and then freeze into a solid sheet of ice.

It works. :D It's much easier to brush off just 10 inches of snow every morning, instead of ten inches of snow, then a layer of solid ice.

AK49BWL 01-14-2011 12:28 AM

Wow. And here I thought I was the only one who does that!! My parents think I'm crazy and going to catch a cold, but I'm well acclimated to the cold so it doesn't even bother me... And let's face it, it definitely does work! Other than that, I have a 1kw space heater on a timer that also aids in melting off the windshield if it does end up snowing after I've turned the truck off... Hehe.

acerlt 01-14-2011 11:18 PM

Well that's a relief, Brandon, great minds think alike you know!:D:D

Hawki 01-15-2011 01:02 AM

Not me Gail, I can't wait for the car to heat up, I am usually sweated up from work so the cold car really hits me. I do agree that a cold windshield is easier to clean off than one that had been warm.
I usually start the car and go make my lunch etc. when I get to cleaning the snow off of the car the stuff on the front and rear glass is usually melted enough so scraping isn't a chore.

acerlt 01-15-2011 01:11 AM

I used to just let it run until the defroster melted the ice, but idling really eats up the gas, and at $3.40 a gallon I just can't justify it to myself any more. <sigh>

AK49BWL 01-15-2011 07:34 AM

Yes, indeed about the idling... I actually installed a remote start on my truck, yet hardly ever use it. With gas having hit $5 up here a couple times in recent years, I tend to try to save as much as possible :lol: .. It's sitting at about $3.40 here as well right now... But it never lasts :(

supersmithy 01-15-2011 03:10 PM

Hmm, you guys don't when you are well off - I just worked out that I pay the equivalent of over 8 dollars per gallon for my fuel :eek: The price here is just ridiculous..

AuntKitty 01-16-2011 03:05 PM

Inever heard of that before. When I knowit's going to snow, I put the defroster up as high as it goes when I get out of my truck. Then in the morning I have a remote start, and I start up the truck from my living room (I know, the epitomy of laziness) as I'm getting dressed. I know the gas price is hihg, but what's the difference if I idle/warm up my truck when I'm INSIDE the house or start it up when I go out? I still have to keep it running long enough for the defroster to do its job of melting the ice. Oh, I forgot to say that the night before a storm I flip the wiper blades out (so they don't don't get buried in the ice) Maybe I'll try the cold-car thing Gail was talking about, but it doesn't seem very appealing. I hate to drive around in a freezing car.

acerlt 01-18-2011 11:17 PM

Well..I only chill the car down in the last mile or so. I turn off the heat, and run the fan to get all the heat out of the vents, and drive with the windows open. It only lasts a couple of minutes. I wear gloves when I drive, so I don't suffer too much. :)

When I used to have to get an early start in the morning I always had to run an idle in the winter. And it was always way longer than I needed, simply because of the way my morning routine went, you know, I'd run out to start the car, then come in, brush my teeth, pack the always took longer than I meant for it to take.

These days I don't have to leave usually until 9 a.m. or even later. There just seems less pressure to get the car defrosted at that time of day than 7:30 a.m.

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