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Is Your Windscreen Ready for Winter?

by Aoife-Jayne Hennessy | 1 min read

April 6th, 2020

With the winter weather approaching and drops in temperature, it is important to know how to protect your car in harsher conditions. Your windscreen can be particularly fragile, but these tips can help you through the next few months to keep your windscreen in top shape.

Clearing Your Windscreen of Frost Safely

Avoid those late mornings to work due to an ice-covered windscreen by keeping a large can of de-icer spray, along with an ice scraper, in your glove box. The de-icer will help make the process less of a physical chore. Plus, it protects the rubber door seals if they are also frozen shut, and can help prevent wipers from sticking to the glass. Do not use hot water to clear the ice from your windscreen! The glass is more likely to crack, with existing chips worsening, from the quick temperature change. Also avoid scraping the ice off with your wipers so as to not damage their surface.

Keep Glass Sparkling Clean

Aside from the probability of more rain and mud, winter weather can lead to grit, salt, and grime from the roads ending up on your windscreen and decreasing visibility. Make sure to stay stocked up on windscreen washer, which is created with a lower freezing temperature than water, helping to prevent jets from freezing up. (Don’t worry if they do freeze, simply pour a little warm, not hot, water to help them defrost)
Under no circumstances should you start your car’s engine and leave it running unattended in an attempt to generate heat to clear a frozen windscreen.

The harsh winter weather can lead to windscreen damage we wouldn’t usually experience in warmer months. Stay protected by following these tips to help prevent any accidents and reduce added stress this winter.

This guidance is for general information purposes only. Allianz accepts no responsibility or liability for any losses that may arise from any reliance upon the information contained in this guidance.Stay safe on the icy roads this winter with Allianz Car Insurance. Get a quote online today.

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