- Look after your windscreen and it will look after you
- Don't ignore chips on windscreens. If neglected, chipped windscreens will crack resulting in an NCT failure and costly replacement.
- Depending on the position and size of the damage on the windscreen, chips can be repaired by resin injection to restore the windscreen to its full strength.
- It is an offence to drive if your windscreen, windscreen wipers and washer bottles are not in good working order.
- Screen wash is not only used to stop your water freezing in the winter but is also great for removing insects from your windscreen in the summer.
- Never add washing-up liquid to your windscreen wash. It could damage your windscreen wipers and leave a potentially dangerous film on your windscreen.
- Change your wiper blades every 6 months. Rubber deteriorates over time when exposed to the atmosphere.
Much of the damage we repair is caused by robbery and vandalism. The only comparable country to Ireland is the U.K. and according to a crime survey in 2007, there is a theft from a car every 19 seconds. Here are Eugene's top tips on how to keep your valuables safe.
- Do not leave valuables (money, bankbooks, debit or credit cards) and other personal possessions on display
- Ensure that all your doors, windows, boot and sunroof are closed and locked if you leave your car unattended, no matter how briefly - even when paying for fuel.
- Make sure you remove the ignition key if you are not in the vehicle.
- Remember to set your immobiliser if it doesn't do so automatically.
- If you have other security devices fitted, such as a steering lock, always use them. The harder you make it for a potential thief, the better.
- What may seem worthless to you may be worth something to a thief - they may be tempted to break in by what they see.
- Always remove your radio, CD player and SatNav if you can.
- Whether removable or not, all equipment inside your car should be marked with an invisible property marker pen - they don't cost much. It's also worth making a note of any serial numbers should you need to refer to them later.
- Keep valuables out of sight whilst driving. Consider keeping all doors locked and windows closed. Thieves have been known to snatch handbags and other valuables by opening car doors or even breaking windows while cars are stationary in traffic.
How to stop your windscreen from fogging up or icing up on the inside overnight
The following instruction may not stop your screen from icing up or fogging up completely, but it will certainly decrease the amount of condensation or ice on the inside of your screen on those cold or damp mornings.
When you park your car in the evening and before you switch off the ignition, ensure that your fans are set to use "recycled air" instead of "new air". This closes the vents under the bonnet that would normally allow the damp and cold air from outside to get into your car overnight.
As I said, it may not stop it, but it will definitely help.