Re: Interesting justification.
"What about a jug of lukewarm/tepid water applied to the windscreen?
I just did that this very morning. No warmup time, no fumes (well, it is a leccy).
My guess is that you are just lazy and switch on your car via the remote whilst you are scoffing your waffles with maple syrup."
Not all members of this forum live in a country with a mild climate like the UK's. I lived in a place where -40C was common in winter. Pre-warming the engine is essential in such conditions, and anyone stupid enough to pour warm water on the windscreen will end up with a thick layer of ice covering it if it doesn't shatter the screen first.