The windscreen is one of the most important parts of your vehicle. In the Uk, the winters can be very brutal, and you may find that this will cause issues such as a chipped windscreen. The windscreen protects you from pebbles or debris. If a rock does happen to hit your windscreen then you will be left with a chip or a crack. This can be repaired rather easily by a professional. Most people neglect the maintenance of their windscreen and may not realise the damage a chip/crack can do to your vehicle.
If you do not address the chip or crack in the car windscreen immediately then you run the risk of it spreading. If it happens to spread, then the screen will need to be replaced because your vision will be significantly reduced which can cause an accident. It is advisable that when a small chip or crack comes up on the windscreen that you get it repaired by a professional as soon as possible. If it is not replaced professionally risk causing a dangerous accident. The best suggestion for replacing the windscreen is to call a professional, this will ensure that it is done correctly the first time.
Cleaning the Windscreen
The inside of the windscreen will also need to be cleaned on a regular basis. Grab some glass cleaner and a dry cloth – spray the cleaner on the screen and immediately rub in a circular motion. If there is a lot of build-up on the inside, then it’s best to clean it with white vinegar and newspapers. The inks in the newspapers grab dirt and dust better, and it also helps in making sure that there aren’t any streaks. Aside from regularly cleaning the windscreen be sure to keep an eye out of small chips and cracks, as these can turn in to a bigger more dangerous crack.
Cold Weather Care
As we know the winters can be very cold and icy in the UK and this means that you may have a build up of snow or ice on your windscreen. When clearing the windscreen there are two important things to keep in mind. These are to make sure you have a decent ice scraper this is due to some of the cheaper ice scrapers leaving scratches on the windscreen itself. Also, by using de-icer in the wintertime it will make the ice go a lot quicker and in a way that won’t harm your windscreen. By using both of these properly and together you will be able to remove any ice rather quickly from the windscreen and be ready to go on the road. You should always avoid pouring warm water over the ice this is due to there being such a difference in the temperature between the ice and water, you run the risk of cracking your windscreen.
Over time the sun and other elements will wear away at the rubber found within the windscreen wipers. Not only will this decrease the effectiveness of your windscreen wipers they will also damage your windscreen by scratching the glass and in turn may cause scratches to turn in to chips or cracks.
We hope that you found this blog informative, if you need any further help or advice or would like to talk to us about windscreen repair and chipped windscreens, please feel free to get in touch on 01525 375 050.