Windshield, wonderful

By Steve Schaeber, MACS Technical Editor

Compared to this time last year, much of the U.S. has experienced a relatively mild winter so far, maybe with the exception of Buffalo’s record snowfall back in November 2014. Here in Philadelphia, we’ve had just one really cold spell that only lasted a few days where temperatures got down to the single digits. But as far as snow events go, yesterday was about the worst storm we’ve had yet. There’s about two inches on the ground… in some spots.

Just because we’ve not had the snow fall totals doesn’t mean we don’t have to deal with other winter car issues. There’s still the daily chore of scraping windows and running the defogger. Over the years we’ve seen lots of things that claim to make winter car chores a little easier, but there’s one new item in particular that caught our eye.


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The Frost Guard in action. It’s heavy enough that it drapes directly against the glass, preventing the adhesion of moisture.


Yesterday one of the MACS staffers showed off a new devise they purchased to help alleviate some of this wintertime monotony. Available through QVC and branded as the Frost Guard, this nifty cover gets placed over your car’s windshield and strapped onto the side view mirrors.

At the end of the day, we went back out to check on the  2014 Nissan Altima and see how well the accessory performed. It had only been snowing for about an hour, so certainly wasn’t a white out yet. But when we removed the cover, the windshield was surprisingly dry.

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We expected the windshield to be free of snow, but didn’t expect it to be so dry.

Removing the elastic straps was simple, and when removed the snow slipped right off the cover onto the ground. It rolls up, and doesn’t take up much more room than your standard ice scraper. According to a video on QVC’s website, with over 800,000 sold this item has been one of their most popular products.

Do you know of a nifty gadget or trick to help deal with wintertime car issues? Drop me a line at and let me know!

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Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Founded in 1981, MACS is the leading non-profit trade association for the mobile air conditioning, heating and engine cooling system segment of the automotive aftermarket. Since 1991, MACS has assisted more than 600,000 technicians to comply with the 1990 U.S. EPA Clean Air Act requirements for certification in refrigerant recovery and recycling to protect the environment. The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide’s mission is clear and focused--as the recognized global authority on mobile air conditioning and heat transfer industry issues.
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