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11 March 2013

Autoglass and Brake urge motorists to keep it clean and play it safe with free windscreen wipers

In association with the road safety charity Brake, Autoglass the leading vehicle glass repair and replacement specialist is hoping to help drive down the number of road crashes caused by poor visibility by highlighting the importance of a clean and safe windscreen.

From March 6th (until March 27th) the vehicle glass experts will be giving away free Bosch wipers with windscreen repair and replacement services. Raising awareness of the dangers of ill-fitting, worn or faulty wipers the activity will run for three weeks.

In 2010 and 2011 there was an average of nearly 126,000 road traffic incidents involving cars or vans each year. Based on records from the Department for Transport, including police reports from the scene, around 5,800 of these crashes were linked to impaired visibility. A major contributor to quality of vision is the quality or state of repair of a vehicle's windscreen.

2012 was the wettest year on record and with April showers just around the corner drivers are being encouraged to check their windscreens and wipers to ensure they are always ready for poor weather.

Most manufacturers recommend replacing windscreen wipers every 12 months. However, on average UK motorists only replace every 4 years.

Not only is this a risk to safety, but VOSA information has shown that as many as 12% of MOT failures  involve the vehicle's wipers, that's 1.2 million vehicles a year. The costs of MOT failure or a crash compared to the cost of wipers makes replacement a simple choice.

Ellen Booth, Brake Senior Campaigns officer, said:

Simple repairs save lives. With one in ten motorists reporting that they can't be bothered to fix faulty wipers[1] we are fully behind any campaign that encourages motorists to think about car safety. This offer is more than just free windscreen wipers. It highlights the need to take road visibility seriously, and shows how easy it is to make a big difference to safer driving.

Matthew Mycock, Managing Director, Autoglass® added:

Effective windscreen wipers are an essential part of safe driving.  At Autoglass® safety is paramount and if just one pair of wipers we give away helps to prevent a serious road traffic incident, the whole activity will be worth it.

About Autoglass

Autoglass is the UK's leading vehicle glass repair and replacement service, with over 80 branches and 1100 mobile technicians.  For details of your nearest centre call 0800 36 36 36 or visit www.Autoglass.co.uk

About Brake:

Brake is an independent road safety charity. Brake exists to stop the five deaths and 66 serious injuries that happen on UK roads every day and to care for families bereaved and seriously injured in road crashes. Brake runs awareness-raising campaigns, community education programmes, events such as Road Safety Week (18-24 November 2013), and a Fleet Safety Forum, providing advice to companies. Brake's support division cares for road crash victims through a helpline and other services.

Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.

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