Drivers are advised to avoid using a common method to clear windscreen frost because it could result in an ‘MOT fail.’
MILLIONS of drivers are waking up to frost on their windshields every morning this winter, according to a warning issued to motorists.
Windscreen problems will be exacerbated by the frost and freezing temperatures, according to JLR Essex experts.
Drivers have been advised not to pour boiling water on their windscreens because it may cause further damage.
Because of the extreme temperatures, pouring boiling water onto the car windscreen to help melt frost, ice, and snow may actually crack or shatter the glass.
While it may be tempting to thaw the windscreen quickly with hot water, the rapid temperature change can shatter the glass.
Boiling water can also damage paintwork by melting protective wax and leaving a white watermark stain.
The dangers of how the cold weather can affect drivers’ windscreens, according to Neil Hutchinson, expert at JLR Essex.
“Not only can a cracked windscreen impair your vision while driving, but it can also cause a car to fail its MOT if the crack is within the driver’s line of vision.”
“What starts as a chip can quickly spread into a full crack, which can be costly to repair.”
“Chips freeze and become brittle in cold weather, increasing the risk of a full crack.
“If you’re parking your car overnight, make sure it’s undercover and protected from the elements to avoid this.”
“If this isn’t an option, invest in a windscreen cover.”
“This will keep your windscreen from freezing, but it won’t cover all of your windows, so you’ll have to de-ice the rest of them.”
“Our roads are reportedly riddled with potholes, with the RAC reporting the ‘worst third quarter for pothole breakdowns in 15 years.’
“So, as temperatures drop, getting ahead of the cooler temperatures will be beneficial in the long run.”
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Failure to clear one’s windscreen can result in a £60 fine and three points on one’s license.
The AA has advised motorists to clear their windscreen completely before driving away.
Even when “portholing,” they warn, drivers could face fines.
When the driver only removes a portion of the frost, this is known as partial clearing.
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