How can I defrost my windscreen properly?

Police also urge people to be wary of sneak thieves on frosty mornings

Spent part of this morning scraping your car windscreen?

Maybe some of the following tips might come in handy while this icy spell continues in Cumbria.

The AA gives the following advice for de-icing your car:

– While using a scraper and de-icer on the outside of your car, starting the engine, switching on any heated rear screen and mirrors and allowing air-conditioned air to circulate is the most effective way to clear frosted glass.

– Stay with the car all the time - if you must go back indoors switch off and lock the car.

– Do not drive off until all of the glass is clear.

– Never use just-boiled water to clear glass – it could crack the glass, freezes quickly and could ice your wipers to the glass.

– Don’t use your hands to wipe misted-up windows – you'll leave greasy smears and a diamond ring could scratch the glass. Use a lint-free absorbent cloth if necessary.

Police urge caution on cold mornings

Cumbria Police continuously reminds people about the perils of leaving car keys in the ignition while drivers defrost their motors in the morning.

Officers say every year a few motorists fall victim to car crooks who take advantage of easy pickings by targeting defrosting vehicles.

A police spokesman said: "It is important that you do not leave your car with the keys in the ignition while defrosting the windscreen.

"Every winter we receive reports of cars and vans being stolen by opportunistic thieves operating in this way."