Swiftcover's Top Tips: Caring for your car's windscreen

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Car windscreens are tough to enable them to stand up to the everyday elements. It's vital to keep your windscreen in good condition as even though they are tough and can handle every day elements, they still require maintenance and care to prevent damage like scratches or cracks.

Here are our top tips: 

Cleaning – one of the easiest, quickest and important jobs to carry out on our car.

• Get a spray bottle cleaner (or a cleaning solution of your choice) – they don’t have to be expensive and there are lots to choose from
• Make sure you have a clean cloth with no grit that can cause damage to your car
• Start by wiping around the edges of the windscreen to get rid of dirt that can drip down while your cleaning
• Use the cleaning solution and clean the rest of your windscreen & wash down with a hose
• Ensure that there’s no residue or smears left on the windscreen before driving

Wipers – should really be replaced once a year, although more modern ones may last longer.

• Rubber blades can cause wear and tear along the blade edges
• Cold weather and scratches from debris can also be an issue
• Therefore wipers shouldn’t be used to sweep away hard debris as it may damage the blades

Maintaining Vision – is essential for safe driving

• Opticians have said that squinting can cause eye strain and headaches
• An obstructed windscreen is potentially a motoring offence and also a safety risk
• Make sure that the windscreen washer fluid is topped up so you can remove dirt when driving
• Having screen wipes handy in the car is useful for clearing condensation or dust inside the windscreen
• Get small chips repaired before they become an issue (anything over 10mm that’s in the driver’s direct vision can result in an MOT fail)

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