The winter chill is in the air! Even in Texas, we’ve had freezing temperatures. So, make sure you have the proper tools to help with deicing your windshield. Just yesterday, I saw a road rage incident where one driver cut off another driver. The person who was cut off retaliated by throwing an entire strawberry milkshake at the offender’s windshield. It immediately froze, they turned on their windshield wipers, smearing the pink goo evenly like a thick frosting on both sides of the windshield. They had to pull off the road to avoid the inevitable crash. Happy holidays and peace to all, right?

I am so very thankful that we don’t typically have bad weather here in Texas where we have to deice our windshields that often. When I grew up in the Midwest, we had windshield scrapers, deicing fluid and Jack Daniels. The Jack Daniels was, of course, for your personal, internal antifreeze. And helped to keep the chill off while you were sitting in your car, waiting for your windshield to defrost. Using your windshield wipers with ice encrusted on it, will surely tear up the rubber on your wiper blades. Wiper fluid may freeze and cause even more problems. But you can purchase deicing fluid at any of your retail stores or auto supply stores and keep a bottle of it in your car. They also make a convenient aerosol spray that you can purchase for under three dollars for deicing your windshield, but remember that aerosol sprays make a negative impact on the environment. A scraper helps as well. Plus, you can surely use the exercise. Scraping ice off a windshield is great for the pecs.

Also, don’t forget to get your car winterized so it’s not a big surprise when you try to crank it up and it won’t start. Although, having to jog home in the cold is also another good excuse to work off a few of those holiday pounds.

Until next week….

Daun Thompson
Writer / Comedienne / Artist / Ice Princess

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