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14 January 2013

Autoglass warns of abominable conditions as ˜Beast from the East' returns with January frosts

With this week heralding the return of freezing weather fronts to the UK, Autoglass has urged motorists to ensure they drive safely in poor weather conditions, by undertaking a few simple vehicle checks before hitting the road.

Before any journey, and particularly ahead of long distance trips, motorists should take time to not only check tyre pressure, car lights, petrol and oil levels, but also look over the car's windscreen for scratches or cracks. The combination of cold driving conditions and warm heaters creates stress on the windscreen, causing chips to to crack. During the last cold snap in December Autoglass saw a 29% rise in motorists suffering cracked windscreens with branches in Northern Irelands and Aberdeen seeing up to a 350% rise in calls to fix windscreens affected by the cold. 

Similarly, drivers should also refrain from using boiling water to defrost a frozen windscreen, particularly if it already has chip damage.

Matthew Mycock, Managing Director of Autoglass, said: Checking your windscreen should be an essential part of every motorist's safety routine, especially during the winter months when driving conditions can become dangerous. People don't realise, but the windscreen provides up to 30 per cent of your car's structural strength and is critical in supporting airbag deployment.  The poor weather conditions mean that there is a greater danger of windscreen damage, and we want drivers to be as safe as possible this winter.

Autoglass gives its top five tips for safe driving this winter:

1. Use a good screen scraper to remove ice, don't use credit cards  or CD cases which can cause scratches, leading to poor visibility in bad weather

2. Replace the battery if its not reliable, a flat or failing battery is the biggest cause of car breakdown

3. Regularly checking fluid levels can make your car run smoother and ensuring car lights are working is also crucial to maintain visibility

4. As the average temperature drops, so will tyre pressures, and worn tyres also impact breaking ability in poor weather conditions “ so drivers should check these regularly

5. Take your vehicle for a service - regular maintenance can help your car's critical components last longer

We urge motorists to make these simple checks before driving this winter, and ensure they have warm clothing, a spare tyre and an emergency kit in their boot in case of a breakdown. Remember, if conditions are really bad, don't drive unless you absolutely have to, added Mycock.

Autoglass® is the UK's leading vehicle glass repair and replacement service.  For details of your nearest centre call 0800 36 36 36 or visit www.Autoglass.co.uk.

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