This was the season's first really nippy morning, worthy of breaking out the long pants and ushanka, and it was the first morning for something else, too:
The frosty windshield! De-icing it with warm water worked temporarily, but it re-froze as I was driving off, and I had to pull over and wait for the defroster to do its job.
Last winter, when frosty-windshield season started, I went looking for winter windshield washer fluid, which I was quite certain I'd seen in stores before. 'Twas not to be found.
This morning, I had a suspicion about that, and, after the morning drive, a quick Internet search confirms it: windshield de-icing fluid is generally banned from sale in California, by order of the CARB. Because Volatile Organic Compounds.
I'm sure our esteemed and benevolent masters could suggest alternatives, such as:
- Always park your car in a garage, where it won't get frosty.
- Upgrade to a fine European car with a powerful defroster.
- Have your valet start the car early and run the defroster for a while.
- Don't drive early in the morning; start your work day after 10 AM.
These work for all of us, right?
Mutter mutter isopropyl mutter... hey, the Sierra Club seems to think using isopropyl alcohol in the windshield washer is a good idea, so it must be legit, right?