Though not everyone likes to think about it, Old Man Winter does, indeed, show up every year. And when he does, it means that it’s time to spend at least 10 minutes every morning in your car to try and get your windshield to defrost. That can be a real pain—and it’s especially frustrating when you’re already running late for work.

Thankfully, science has provided us with a solution to this problem… and it really works! There are just a few handy tips you need to learn to make your winter mornings a whole lot easier.

Once you try these tricks,  driving during the wintertime will be so much more bearable!

Millions of people spend time each and every morning trying to defrost their windshields in the wintertime so they can get to work. It’s a painful struggle we all endure during the colder months, but alas, it needs to be done.

Most cars have multiple buttons for climate controls, from the rear window to the windshield, which can make things complicated. Not only that, but cars take time to heat up—especially on an exceptionally frigid day—so it’s not exactly a quick solution when you’re in a rush.


Are you supposed to just blast hot air and wait? Maybe crack those windows? Get out and scrape? It seems like everyone has a different opinion on the most effective method to get the job done, and none of them are quick. But what if there was an easier, faster way to do it?


Thankfully, DIY wizard Mark Rober used science to find the best method for defrosting your windows, some of them in half the time. It’s really amazing what he managed to figure out!


Before he could start experimenting with different methods for clearing off that windshield, however, Mark had to explain a few things. To begin, he wanted to make sure that everyone understood what causes a windshield to fog up and ice over to begin with.


As he explained it, the air is constantly full of moisture—except it can only absorb so much of the moisture that exists in the air around us. When it gets oversaturated, we start to see that moisture on the surfaces of things, like car windshields.


Mark likened it to different types of towels, in different stages of wetness. A large dry towel is capable of absorbing a lot of moisture, but a small wet towel is bound to spill over. Make sense?


Once he had everything all explained, he started to test out a few ways to get a windshield to defrost as quickly as humanly possible. His results might be surprising, but rest assured you will want to try them as soon as winter hits!

Gone are the days of turning on every knob just to hope it works. Now, you can apply actual science to the problem!

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