Posted on Jun 01, 2015 by Sue
As we have mentioned before, your car windscreen does much more than just keep the rain and wind out of your face while you drive, and it’s certainly not just a simple piece of glass. It is an important factor in the vehicle’s structural strength, and consists of a highly complex bonded structure with incredible resilience – in fact, a miracle of modern technology. Having said all that, there are some tasks that as a responsible vehicle owner you need to perform in order to keep your car windscreen, commercial windscreen or 4×4 windscreen in perfect order.
Posted on May 28, 2015 by Sue
Volkswagen have announced that they are investigating a coating for car windscreens that will prevent them from misting up and also leave them frost-free. If they succeed this could be great news for drivers as we won’t have to waste precious time in the mornings demisting our windscreens, freeze our fingers while wielding the ice scraper or pour kettles of hot water over our windscreens in winter. VW are only in the trial phase of the project so if successful it may be a few years before their new windscreen becomes available commercially, but it sounds like a great innovation.
Posted on May 22, 2015 by Sue
While browsing the motoring news and other areas of the internet, interesting and informative news stories often catch my eye, and I thought I would share just a small sample with you. In the first story, a white van driver was driving on the B656 London Road and thoughtlessly threw a half-full glass pop bottle out of the window of the van. It hit the windscreen of a silver BMW 3 Series estate car which was travelling in the opposite direction towards Hitchin. The bottle cracked the windscreen, leaving the shocked female driver shaken, thankfully unhurt, but in need of a windscreen repair.
Posted on May 19, 2015 by Sue
Every week we seem to hear about innovations in support of vehicle automation, but this latest piece of news is pretty amazing by any standards. Jaguar Land Rover has apparently come up with a method for controlling the operation of windscreen wipers, using the drivers’ eyes. The patent for the technology involved was applied for in 2013, and has just been granted. Basically, the system was initially designed to track the drivers’ eyes, and prevent the driver from falling asleep at the wheel – a truly useful application of technology. However, not content with that, JLR have now announced that they plan to use this technology to cause the rear windscreen wiper to operate when the driver looks in the rear view mirror.
Posted on May 14, 2015 by Sue
The worst place to discover that your windscreen wiper blades are worn out is at the side of a busy road in the dark and the rain. Prevention is always better than cure, so replacing your windscreen wiper blades should be a part of your regular vehicle maintenance routine. Did you know that if you drive with a dirty windscreen you could be liable to a fine of up to £1,000? It just goes to show that refreshing your windscreen wiper blades makes sense from an economical point of view as well as a safety consideration.
Posted on May 06, 2015 by Sue
Drivers tend to take their windscreens for granted – after all, they’re supposed to be invisible while you drive, so why should you be aware of their presence at all, unless your windscreen develops a chip or shatters? It does its job faithfully every time you drive, keeping the wind, rain, dust and insects out of your eyes, contributing 30% to the car’s structural strength, and provided you keep it clean and get it repaired quickly if it gets a stone chip, it should last the lifetime of the car. Actually, your car windscreen is the latest incarnation of a technology that only came into being in the 1900s when the first windscreens started to be fitted to cars. It is a marvel of scientific research, a product that incorporates high technology factors such as UV and acoustic filters and all the latest safety aids.
Posted on May 01, 2015 by Sue
If your car windscreen gets cracked or broken by a flying stone or by hitting a bump in the road, it’s inconvenient, and can put your car off the road until you can get it fixed. Imagine the impact on an ambulance of having a smashed windscreen while a patient is under treatment – if it’s an emergency, the patient’s life can be put in danger. The potential risk to life and limb is all the more shocking when, as happened in Birmingham recently, an ambulance windscreen was deliberately smashed while the paramedics were attending to a patient.
Posted on Apr 27, 2015 by Sue
Having a bird fly into your car windscreen can cause a chip, a crack or shatter your windscreen completely, which can be unsettling and in some cases fatal – usually only to the bird unless you’re piloting a plane. So, the question is why does it happen so often? Why can’t birds just keep out of the way of fast moving vehicles? The problem is particularly acute for pilots, where even a minor bird strike can break the windscreen, clog the engines and cause a major accident, so airports are as creative as they can be to keep those feathered creatures at bay.
Posted on Apr 22, 2015 by Sue
As we get into spring and the weather warms up, it’s worth considering whether you are equipped for the fine weather to come. You need to be sure that all your car windows, and especially your windscreen, are clean and in good condition to help you to cope with bright sunlight to come. If your windscreen wipers have scored your windscreen, or if it is dirty or greasy, you won’t be able to see clearly on a bright sunny day. Clean your windows and windscreen thoroughly, make sure your washer bottle is topped up and contains a suitable detergent, and change your wiper blades if necessary. If your windscreen has been damaged, then get in touch with your nearest myWindscreen location for a quote for a replacement or a repair.
Posted on Dec 18, 2014 by Al
The pillars that support a car windscreen can cause lethal blind spots – you can easily miss a cyclist, a motorcyclist or even another vehicle if your view is obscured, and the results can be tragic. Jaguar Land Rover have thought about this problem and have come up with something called a 360 Virtual Urban Windscreen which has screens attached to the side pillars showing a live feed of the view outside the car. Effectively you will have a 360 degree view through the windscreen as if the pillars weren’t there – it’s like something out of a science fiction film.