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Looking after your windscreen

Handy tips to prevent damage to windscreens and glass

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The best way to de-ice your windscreen

Imagine it's a chilly winter morning. You're running late for work and you've just glanced out of the bedroom window to see your car windscreen is encrusted with twinkling, icy frost.

The temptation is to pour boiling water from the kettle on the ice to clear your windscreen. This is never a good idea; the rapid temperature change could crack the glass.

Instead, you can choose to use just a scraper or spray-on de-icer. Leave the de-icer for a few seconds after spraying it on, to let the chemicals get to work. Then, clear the melting ice with a scraper. Don't use a credit card, as the sharp edges could scratch or damage your windscreen.

If you follow our advice, you'll clear your windscreen in no time and keep it in tip-top condition.

Windscreen wiper maintenance

Avoid damaging your windscreen glass by looking after your windscreen wipers.

  • Check your wipers regularly to make sure they're in good condition. The rubber should be soft and flexible. Clear away any bits of plants trapped under the blades and look out for small pebbles.
  • Cold weather can also damage your windscreen wipers by cracking the rubber; lift your wiper blades up if it's likely there'll be frost in the morning.
  • If your windscreen wipers smear when you turn them on, consider replacing them as soon as possible.
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Deal with chipped or cracked windscreens quickly

Did you know that driving with a windscreen chip or crack could be an offence under the Road Traffic Act?

  • Large scratches or chips (anything over 40mm in size - or 10mm if it's in the driver's direct line of vision) could mean your car fails its next MOT. It's best to get it fixed as soon as possible.
  • Check your windscreen for chips or cracks regularly. Every time you clean your car, give your windscreen the once over, inside and out. If you do spot a chip, get it repaired sooner rather than later.
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