Experts use this 80p vegetable that can de-mist your car windscreen

Driving tip: How to defrost your windscreen

As temperatures drop leading up to winter, experts have shared a tip with drivers to quickly and easily demist their car windscreen by using one cheap vegetable. 

One of the most time-consuming parts of your morning commute is demisting your car during cold, wet weather.

Experts from ALA Insurance have shared an unlikely hack to help de-mist your car this winter, that can cost as little as 80p.

The hack includes using an unlikely vegetable – the humble cucumber.

Callum Butler from ALA Insurance said: “Cucumber contains natural oils which create a hydrophobic surface when rubbed on glass or mirrors.

“The water-repellent properties of cucumber help to stop your windshield from condensing and forming a fog.

“Essentially, it’s like giving your windshield a protective film that discourages condensation during the colder months.”

How to de-mist and prevent fog in your car:

  • Use your car’s defrost setting and direct the air towards the windshield.
  • While hot air will help to dry the glass a little it, soon cools and will condense again. Turn on your air conditioning to remove moisture from the air quickly.

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  • Avoid recirculating the air as this can increase humidity. You may also want to crack a window slightly to bring the humidity down.
  • A clean windshield is more likely to repel fogging. While using cloths to wipe foggy glass can create streak marks, try opting for a microfibre cloth on dry windows to keep them clear.
  • Finally, get creative with this unusual but effective hack by chopping off the end of a cucumber and wiping over a light layer to reduce fog for future cold mornings.

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