THE NRMA has warned Orange motorists to take care when attempting to remove ice from their windscreens.
With the region experiencing night-time temperatures well below zero, many residents have a daily battle dealing with frozen windscreens.
Some people opt to pour hot water over their windscreen, but this could result in cracking or shattering, according to NRMA chief executive Rob Carter.
Mr Carter also warned motorists of the danger of existing chips in the windscreen.
"A seemingly insignificant chip in the glass can cause significant damage if hot or boiling water is poured onto the windscreen when it is covered in a layer of ice.
"In very cold weather, putting the air conditioner on hot can also crack the windscreen if there is a chip in the glass,” Mr Carter said.
To reduce the risk, the NRMA recommends a slow defrost or the use of a plastic card, such as a credit card, to scrape off ice.