The quickest way to good visibility
What should you do when you find your car under a layer of ice but want to set off as soon as possible? Besides traditional aids like ice scrapers (which are neatly stored in the fuel tank cap or boot door in ŠKODA models), you can make use of the advantages of modern ŠKODA cars.
“If there’s a thick layer of ice on your windscreen in the morning, activate the MAX defrost function, which is specially designed to clear the windscreen quickly,” advises Jan Hrnčíř, who is responsible for air-conditioning development at ŠKODA. The system itself chooses the temperature and the quantity of air that will be directed at the windscreen. If your air-conditioning and heating are set to AUTO, the system’s ability to detect the surrounding temperature and other factors means it can automatically decide to de-fog the windscreen and prevent further fogging up.
Simply Clever - an ice scraper stored in your fuel tank cap so snow doesn’t get inside your car before you brush it off
Owners of cars with heated glass surfaces, a feature that can be ordered in ŠKODA cars, are halfway home already. “Anyone who has the glass heating set to the automatic preset will have his glass surfaces de-iced within a few minutes, and without having to lift a finger,” explains Jan Hrnčíř, adding that if the automatic preset is switched off, it can be activated manually in the air-conditioning menu. According to Milan Sluka from the Assembly Parts and Aeroacoustic Simulations department at ŠKODA, windscreens in which visible heating wires have been replaced by a narrow, transparent metal layer are the latest trend. While they heat up in winter, in summer they also prevent the car interior from overheating because they reflect infrared sunlight.