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The windscreen is one of the most important parts of your vehicle. Not only does it protect you from flying dirt and debris, it also enables you to clearly see the road in front of you and contributes to the overall integrity of your vehicle. So, it is apparent that maintaining this area is extremely important. A dirty or cracked windscreen can present a number of hazards and it may even mean you fail your MOT. So what are some of the best ways to properly care for this part of your vehicle to keep it in a safe condition?
In many parts of the United Kingdom, the winters can be quite brutal, and you may find that you have a buildup of snow or ice on your windscreen. There are two important things to keep in mind here. First, the type of ice scraper that you use can make a real difference. Choose a tool specifically designed for glass, as others can scrape the surface and cause damage.
Also, avoid pouring warm water over any ice. Due to the differences in temperature between the ice and the glass, you run the risk of cracking your windscreen. It is much better to run the defrost for 10 minutes before your intended departure.
Over time, the sun and elements will inevitably cause the rubber found within your wiper blades to become damaged. Not only can this decrease their effectiveness, but any bare metal which runs back and forth across the glass will eventually cause scratches. In turn, this can lead to cracks forming. Regularly check your wiper blades to make certain that they are working as they should.
There is a rubber gasket which holds this plate of glass in place. This border can become worn and inflexible over time. This is a concern as it can intensify the vibrations going through your screen, increasing the risk of a crack.
Additionally, a worn gasket will allow water to enter into the chassis and cause rust. If you note that the gasket is worn or seems to be “pulling away” from its borders, it is wise to have it looked at by a trained professional.
Your windscreen has to endure a great deal of abuse. Not only must it remain firmly in place during all kinds of driving scenarios, but it also needs to be able to deflect debris such as small rocks thrown up from other vehicles. Sooner or later, a chip is likely to occur. This is one of the most serious conditions and yet one that can be remedied by being proactive.
These are a few simple maintenance methods that will save you a great deal of time and money if reviewed on a regular basis. However, there are tasks which should always be carried out by a professional to ensure your safety.
When you notice a chip or a crack beginning to form, give the experts at The Windscreen Company a call. For small chips and cracks, we can apply a special resin which will harden and restore the integrity of your windscreen. Should a crack become enlarged or if it obstructs your field of vision, we will be able to provide a fast replacement, ensuring it is safely and expertly fitted.
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