‘Scrape frost off first thing’: Drivers given Met Office weather warning to start the day


Drivers are being warned to stay safe when driving this morning as the weather continues to get colder. The Met Office tweeted out that drivers should prepare for “frost in places” as it would be “a cold start” in the south and south east.

As the temperatures continue to drop, drivers are advised to stay protected by making frequent checks on their car to lower the chances of a breakdown.

In a further tweet, the Met Office warned drivers, saying: “It will turn cold under clear skies this evening.

“With a touch of frost in parts of north England before a blanket of cloud lets temperatures recover here later.

“Clear skies hang on in the south, and you may need to scrape frost off your car first thing Friday morning.”

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One of the common myths with winter weather often causes damage to cars when drivers try to clear their windscreen of frost.

Pouring boiling water on your windscreen is, without doubt, the fastest way to clear away – but the shift in extreme temperatures can crack or even shatter the glass.

Swinton Insurance advises: “Use a de-icer spray or a salt and water mixture to clear away the ice; table salt will do.

“Saltwater freezes at a lower temperature than normal water and so it will melt the ice away.

“Be careful not to use too much saltwater, though — all you need is a splash.

“Finally, it’s a good idea to cover your windscreen during the night if you know there’s cold weather on the way.”

As the days get colder and the nights get longer, having a correctly working set of lights is crucial.

There will soon only be around eight hours of light during the day, so drivers should check the headlights, brake lights and reversing lights are all in working order.

Swinton Insurance points out to drivers that the wing mirrors are often forgotten about when preparing for a journey.

Drivers usually forget to check their wing mirrors before starting their journey.

It can be incredibly dangerous and difficult to demist wing mirrors when drivers have already set off.

With the incoming frost, motorists should be prepared with a de-icer and a scraper alongside other important tools to help clear windows.

An emergency breakdown kit should be kept in the car all year round, containing a phone charger, hazard vests and a first aid kit.



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