Windscreens today are laminated which means that they are effectively two pieces of glass. Windscreens have been designed this way to increase the safety to passengers within the vehicle when a stone flicks up and hits the screen.

SAFETY TIPS

Reduce the risk of windscreen damage by following these simple tips:

  • If parking in the snowfields for an extended period, lift wipers from windscreen or place in a plastic bag to ensure that wipers do not stick to the windscreen.
  • Before attempting to drive away from snowfields, clear all glass and mirrors of ice. Carry an ice-scraper to clear the bulk of the snow. Never use hot water.
  • For fast demisting of the front windscreen, use the car’s heater and fan in conjunction with the vehicle’s air-conditioner.

IF YOUR WINDSCREEN IS DAMAGED

Whether as a result of bad luck or poor choices, sometimes windscreens do sustain damage. There are steps you can take to minimise the damage:

  • To decrease the chance of spreading windscreen damage, avoid the use of the car heater or air-conditioner, avoid rough or bumpy roads and avoid extremes of hot or cold conditions.
  • To prevent contamination in a damaged area, do not wash the windscreen before repair.

To prevent cracking a windscreen in cold weather, do not pour hot water over the windscreen.

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