Windscreen Woe

Windscreen Woe

10 January 2017

Big Freeze Could Mean Windscreen Woe

HALFORDS is urging drivers to avoid “windscreen woe” with temperatures plummeting across the UK.

The retailer’s recent Winter Motoring Report shows that they are risking their personal safety and causing costly damage to their vehicles by failing to take the correct measures to clear their car windscreens of frost and ice.

The research from the retailer found that nearly fifty per cent of motorists* have used a kettle of hot water to defrost their car windscreen – which is a risky move that could result in the screen cracking and needing replacing.

A third of drivers have admitted to using a bank card to scrape ice from their windscreen, without realising it can scratch the glass.

Other bizarre methods include 38 per cent of motorists using their breath to defrost a windscreen.

Ella Colley, Halfords winter motoring expert says: “Our report shows that motorists are taking potentially dangerous measures to de-frost their windscreens. The most common mistakes seem to be using a credit card or boiling water which can cause cracking. Drivers should take the extra time to prepare their cars for winter conditions.”

Halfords Winter Motoring tips for motorists:

  • Before setting out on a journey, use a windscreen scraper or de-icer to remove ice from your vehicle 
  • Carry a de-icer with you to clear your lock 
  • Ensure all windows and mirrors are completely demisted and totally cleared of ice using a can of de-icer and a windscreen scraper

Halfords’ free nationwide winter checks are available now in Autocentres and shops and include checks on oil, checks and top up of screen wash, blades, bulbs, batteries, as well as a windscreen chip check service. Available now at over 700 Halfords shops and Halfords Autocentres, pop in today or book online at


For further information please contact or 020 7896 3404 

* Data comes from Halfords’ Parent Panel survey conducted in October 2016