PG Road Safety and your windscreen

The views expressed in this article are not necessarily those of the FIA. The article below was supplied by PG Glass.

Car maintenance is your responsibility. Yes, it can be expensive and time consuming, but the investment you make today will save you money down the road.

Unfortunately, traffic accidents happen. These are realities whether you are a driver, passenger or pedestrian. There are numerous factors at play on the roads, and injury and the loss of human life can often be prevented.

The windscreen is often a neglected component of the vehicle. The windscreen is much more important than a mere piece of glass between you and other road users. The safety needs stretch far beyond the obvious requirement of visibility for the driver! In today's vehicles, windscreens are an important component of the vehicle's overall structural integrity – they are designed to add strength to the car (like a door pillar). When designed in compliance with the car manufacturer’s original specifications your windscreen will help prevent the roof from collapsing in a roll - over accident.

Check the following before hitting the road.

Check your Windscreen
A clean and chip free windscreen is essential. A dirty, bug-splattered windscreen is a safety hazard, as it obscures your view of the road. This is especially important after an extended drive on the highway when your windscreen is littered with insect carcasses. Make use of your car’s washing fluid and windscreen wipers to remove them.

Arrive Alive urges drivers to always check/ inspect their vehicle before going on a trip.

Check tyre pressure
Tyre pressure can affect your car’s handling, turning, braking and fuel efficiency. A tyre at the wrong pressure will wear out faster and can put your safety and others at risk.
Check Oil level and top up as needed
You should check your car’s oil at least once a month to make sure that there’s enough oil and that it isn’t contaminated. Oil reduces the friction in your engine and keeps it running smoothly.

Make sure you always ensure that you are adhering to the law when driving on the road. If you notice a chip or crack on your windscreen, be sure to contact PG Glass on 0860 03 03 03 today for more information regarding a PG Glass Medic® Chip Repair or windscreen replacement. Better safe than sorry.