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A frosty warning for motorists

NEW research reveals that most Irish motorists still resort to water from a kettle to clear their windscreens on frosty morning, despite the risk of cracking the glass. More than 70% admit to driving off before their windows have fully cleared, and one in five forget to replenish their washer fluid, with women the worst offenders. The survey of over 300 Irish motorists, conducted by TheResearchCentre.ie on behalf of Mr Windscreen, found that,with 58% of respondents, boiling water was the preferred method of clearing a windscreen, ahead of the car’s demister or ice scraper. “On any given frosty morning our depots across the country will see lots of motorists come in having cracked their windscreens with excessively hot water,” explained Gerry Fitzgibbon of Mr Windscreen. “Replacing the windscreen, particularly today’s high-tech and heated screens, amounts to a considerable and unnecessary expense. Any chip in the windscreen increases the likelihood of it cracking when exposed to overly hot water. It might …

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