Having a clear windscreen is important in all weathers. During the winter, the glass on your car is going to suffer added pressure from the elements. To avoid windscreen replacement, look after your glass by keeping it clean and having plenty of de-icer to hand. There are also many other things you can do to keep your car’s windscreen protected from the elements during the winter months.
Winter Problems Your Car Faces
We all know that winter presents challenges, alongside the seasonal good cheer. Whether that’s darker mornings or having to turn your home’s heating up. Your car can also feel the pain of winter because of the following things:
- Freezing temperatures may crack the glass.
- Grit can fly up and chip your windscreen.
- Wiper blades break because of the ice.
These are some of the things you can prepare for in winter by carrying out proper windscreen maintenance, giving you a better chance of avoiding a hefty windscreen replacement bill. Let’s have a look at some top tips you can use to make sure you’re carrying out proper windscreen maintenance this winter.
Maintenance Tips For Windscreens in Winter
Check & Replace Wiper Blades
Your windscreen wipers are an essential tool for convenience and most importantly, safety. Having the ability to clear your windows in the rain is essential and in snow, it’s crucial for your safety.
During times of very cold weather, a worn wiper blade can easily lose its rubber when it comes into contact with ice on your windscreen. This will force it to ping off leaving you without the ability to clear your glass from snow or rain.
Ensure you have checked your wiper blades before making your journey. You can do this by activating them and checking for:
- Water not clearing fully on the glass.
- Rubber smear marks.
- A wobbly or jumping wiper arm.
- Light scratches on the window.
If any of these problems are apparent, get the wipers replaced as soon as possible.
De-icer is a must for any car owner, it does what it says on the tin. If you wake up and your window screen is frozen, simply applying this will clear any tough ice that has appeared overnight.
Do not under any circumstances apply boiling water to your car window screen, no matter how convenient it may seem. Changing the temperature of glass at a rapid rate can easily crack it, leading to you having to pay for a windscreen repair job or having to buy a completely new windscreen altogether.
A bottle of de-icer is cheap and convenient as you can pick this up all year round and put it in the boot for when you need it most. Pairing this with an ice scraper, which is also a cheap tool, is also handy as sometimes the ice can be firmly attached to the glass. Spray some de-icer and gently remove the ice with the scraper for the best results.
We see most accidental car crashes in winter due to the unpredictable cold weather. Being prepared for it can save you time getting to work, save you money on windscreen damage, and ultimately make you feel more confident about driving in winter weather conditions.
A windscreen health check can save you money in the long run by making you aware in advance if your glass is up to the task. Even if your windscreen seems in perfect condition, a professional will be able to spot any defects that could lead to trouble later on.