‘I’m a car expert – drivers should use £2 kitchen item to de-ice their car’

Motorists can de-ice their vehicle using a common £2 kitchen item, according to leading road experts.

Tim Alcock, spokesperson for LeaseCar.UK has suggested cooking spray could be the ideal solution to prevent frost build-up this winter. 

The specialist warns that oil and ice “don’t mix” meaning it will help separate the ice from the windscreen. 

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Mr Alcock said: “Cooking sprays, and any non-stick sprays in the kitchen, can be used to stop ice from sticking to the windscreen. 

“Ice and oil don’t mix, they separate. Simply leave it to set for a few minutes and use a towel to wipe off. 

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“Those concerned about the smell should use a non-flavoured cooking oil.” GAP insurance providers, ALA Insurance, also suggested cooking oil could be used to clear cover. 

They explained: “During winter, you should always keep a shovel in your boot, but to make snow removal even easier, give the shovel a light spray with cooking oil to help prevent snow and ice from sticking, making the process less hassle.”

Cooking sprays can be purchased online for as little as £2 but are also available in almost every supermarket in the country. 

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The warning comes as temperatures continue to plummet across the country with many northern areas still covered in snow. 

The Highway Code makes clear that motorists must not travel unless they can see the whole road at all times. Rule 229 of the Code states all snow and ice must be cleared from all of the windows before setting off.

They illustrate that it is not legal to travel with part of your windscreen partially obscured as road users may miss vital road hazards. 

Last year, car leasing company Vehicle Contracts also suggested cooking sprays could be used on other parts of the vehicle.

In particular, they suggested that sprays could help motorists open car doors which are jammed shut by frost.

They commented: “If you’re worried about your car doors freezing shut, spray a simple cooking spray along the rubber edges of your car doors.

“Wipe away the excess then close the doors and leave it overnight. In the morning, your car doors should open easily even if the rest of the car is icy!”

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