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Road safety and your windscreen – 3 Quick checks before hitting the road

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

Unfortunately, traffic accidents happen. This is a reality 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, the windscreen is an important component of the vehicle’s overall structural integrity – it is designed to add strength to the car (like a door pillar). When designed in compliance with the car manufacturer’s original specifications the windscreen will help prevent the roof from collapsing in a rollover accident.

Check the following before hitting the road:
1. Check the 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 a car-washing fluid and windscreen wipers to remove them.

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

2. Check tyre pressure
Tyre pressure can affect your car’s handling, turning, braking and fuel efficiency. A tyre or tyres at the wrong pressure will wear out faster and can put your safety and that of others at risk.

3. Check the oil level and top up as needed
You should check your car’s oil level 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 adhere 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!