Drivers Warned Sandwich Bag Hack Could Smash Car

Tue 16th Nov 2021

Motorists across the UK are being warned that a viral hack which supposedly solves the problem of an icy windscreen in the morning could actually cause significant damage to your car.

TikTok user Andrew Huston claims that his hack of using a sandwich bag of hot water to defrost the windscreen can melt the built-up frost almost instantly. The video, which has been viewed by millions, is actually two-years old, and features Andrew filling his sandwich bag from the hot tap and then rub the bag over his car windows.

The video has 12,000 comments and three million views, many sharing the sentiment that Andrew is a genius and a hero, however many also point out that getting hot water on your windscreen could cause it to crack.

A survey by the AA has found that one in twenty people are happy to risk a cracked windscreen by pouring boiling water on it, with the younger (18-24) generation twice as likely to repeat the risky trick.

“You won’t always have a sandwich bag or hot water to hand whereas the scraper should always be in the car. A bag bursting could also potentially lead to scalding,” said AA spokesman Tony Rich.

“Using a windscreen ice scraper, or the vehicle’s heater with the engine running (whilst never leaving the car) will probably work just as quickly.

“Some Electric Vehicles have a pre-heat facility which will clear the screens before you set off.

“If you use hot water on an iced-over car, you run the real risk of damaging your windscreen.

“Most people know not to use boiling water on their windscreen, with only 2% of people we asked saying they do this.

“But our survey found that young people (aged 18-24) are more than twice as likely to use boiling water as the general population.

“1 in 20 risk a cracked windscreen by pouring boiling water on it.”