Car experts at Swansway Motor Group have warned against the latest viral TikTok trend which encourages drivers to defrost their cars by pouring a bottle of vodka over their windscreen. 

Swansway have said that "using vodka to stop your windscreen from freezing is not advisable due to its chemical composition. The high alcohol content, while effective in lowering the freezing point of water, can be detrimental to the windscreen's glass and the car's paint.”

“Alcohol is a solvent that can deteriorate the protective layers on the glass and weaken the seals around the windscreen. Prolonged use can lead to micro-abrasions on the glass surface, increasing the risk of cracks and chips, especially in fluctuating temperatures."

"Alcohol, including vodka, can also cause drying and cracking of the rubber components of wiper blades, reducing their effectiveness. This deterioration compromises the wiper blades' ability to clear the windscreen properly, obstructing the driver's visibility in adverse weather conditions. This not only poses a risk to the driver but also to other road users."

"Swansway Group recommends the sun visor defrosting hack as an effective, eco-friendly solution that helps push the airflow back down when you're defrosting your windscreen. This simple technique uses a car's existing sun visors to speed up defrosting, saving fuel and reducing wear on the vehicle. It's a cost-effective, innovative approach for drivers facing icy conditions.


"A much cheaper alternative compared to using vodka for defrosting car windscreens is a cut potato - which is a more efficient and eco-friendly alternative. The natural sugars in potatoes create a barrier against frost, reducing buildup without the risks of chemical damage or residue that vodka might pose. This method is not only cost-effective but also safer for your windscreens' integrity."



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