I found how drivers can de-mist their windscreen in seconds using car dial

Motorists can de-mist their windscreen and windows in seconds this autumn and winter using a simple dial located in every car. 

Turning on the car heater may warm up the driver and passengers on cold mornings but it could also help clear screens by making some basic adjustments.

Instead of blasting warm air towards the cockpit, motorists must adjust the vents to aim towards the windscreen and windows. 

I noticed this tip online and quickly went about giving it a go as temperatures dropped this week. 

Entering my Alfa Romeo MiTo, I quickly found the heater and dialed it up halfway, pointing the vent closest to me towards my mist-covered window. 

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After around 30 seconds I ramped up the temperature to max with warm air blasting directly onto the glass. Moments later, the steam began to evaporate and I could soon see clearly out of my windows.

I then quickly flicked my heating settings to clear my windscreen and moments later my car was completely clear. Last month, experts at the Swansway Motor Group also raised awareness of this simple hack. 

Sam, a spokesperson for the car dealership group, posted a clip on YouTube revealing the method to unaware motorists. 

He said: “Next up is the air vents, now this is a really important feature. You’ve got a set just below the windscreen, you can let them do their thing. 

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“But for the remaining air events, I position these towards the window to help de-mist them and every 10 seconds or so make sure to increase the temperature to help de-mist them even quicker.”

Motorists must legally clear all the mist off their windscreens and windows before setting off. The Highway Code states that windscreens and windows must be kept clean and free from visual obstructions. 

Failing to follow the rules could therefore see road users punished for “using a vehicle in a dangerous condition”.

According to the Highway Code penalty table this could see motorists issued a £2,500 fine and penalty points while road users could even be banned from the roads in some extreme cases.

The RAC explained: “Make sure your heater’s blast is directed at the windscreen and the windows – the warmer air (even on cold the air will be warmer than the ice cold windscreen) will dry the glass a little through evaporation and begin to heat up the glass to stop the water vapour condensing on it again.

“Of course, if you’re not in a rush and your frozen bones need warmth then use the hot air to warm both you and the windscreen.

“It may take a little longer to clear fully but you will at least be a little more comfortable – just don’t move off until all glass surfaces on your car are clear. It’s dangerous and illegal if visibility is impeded.”

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