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23 July 2013

Autoglass sees 10% surge in windscreen damage as cars suffer this Summer

As the UK experiences temperatures of 30+ degrees, Autoglass reveals that it has seen a 10%, year on year increase, in damaged windscreens largely due to the heat. With the hot weather set to continue and over two thirds (65%)1 of Brits planning to turn their back on a holiday abroad in favour of a UK getaway this summer, it is increasingly important that drivers prepare their cars for long journeys, as well as themselves. 

To help motorists beat the heat this summer Autoglass has developed a summer driving check-list to ensure that Brits are ready for any road-trip in hot weather. Families often ensure that they and their kids are ready for hours on the road with food, drink and games prepared, but some forget about their own car's needs. If care is not taken beforehand, overheating, increased debris, poor visibility and other problems caused by the intensely hot sunshine could have implications for the condition of the car and safety on the road.  

Matthew Mycock, Managing Director at Autoglass said: 

If your windscreen is already damaged, the hot weather can make it worse and Autoglass has already seen a 10% increase in windscreen replacements  during the heat wave, as motorists take to their cars to enjoy the UK sunshine. However the excitement to pack-up-and-go on a road-trip may cause some motorists to forget to do important car checks.  

Simple steps to prepare the windscreen, fluid levels and wheels, can make all the difference to being safe on the road this summer. We all know how to protect ourselves from the sun by wearing sun cream and protective clothing, but we must also remember to keep the summer drive check-list front-of-mind to ensure a safe, comfortable and more enjoyable holiday drive.

Autoglass summer drive check-list:

´ƒ░ Top-up water, check the oil level and make sure the coolant and distilled water system is at 50:50 to prevent your car from over-heating

´ƒ░ Clean your windscreen inside and out with spray wash (not water) and ensure wiper blades are free from dirt to protect the glass and prevent dust sticking so that you have clear sight of the road

´ƒ░ Use a sun shade for your windscreen when parked to keep down the inside temperature and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the glare of the hot sun whilst driving

´ƒ░ As you get in to your car, wind down the window to let in fresh air to level the temperature inside.  Try to resist the urge to switch on the air conditioning straight away to prevent the bodywork and windscreen being shocked and potentially causing damage

´ƒ░ Check the tread depth of all the tyres and that the air pressure is firm to reduce the stress on the wheel and ensure your car tyres are safe for the road

´ƒ░ Drive within the speed limit and take extra car when approaching a rough road surface or pothole.  This will reduce the chance of grit and loose road surfaces ricocheting off wheels and damaging your car and other vehicles  

Four little-known facts from Autoglass about how the summer heat can affect your car windscreen:

1. If your car windscreen is already damaged, the hot weather can make it worse.  The heat from the dashboard will cause the inside layer of the laminated glass to get up to 20 degrees warmer than the outside layer.  This can potentially exacerbate the problem, requiring a repair or even a replacement windscreen

2. As temperatures soar, even the smallest chip or crack in your windscreen can become worse due to speed at which the laminated glass and surrounding metal frame expands

3. Switching on the air conditioning inside your car can elevate the stress level of your windscreen.  This could result in a sudden crack due to the large difference in temperature between the cool inner glass and warm outside air

4. A tiny stone chip on your windscreen can become a much bigger problem.  When the weather is hot the glass temperature rises, reducing the strength, durability and safety of the windscreen

*Research cited from Travelodge's fifth annual holiday report - 3000 British adults were surveyed to investigate their summer holiday intentions

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