Looking after your windscreen

Windscreens play an important role in keeping you safe on the road. It's important to make sure it is well maintained and free from damage.

You can do this by keeping it clean, and if you do spot any damage get it fixed as soon as possible. If you can't get it repaired straight away you can use a mini windscreen repair patch to protect further debris from getting in.  These windscreen repair patches are available from your local RACT branch. Find your local branch here

Four easy steps to keep your windscreen free from damage

1.       Keep your windscreen clean

Dirt and grime can cause damage to your windscreen and your wipers. Ensuring your windscreen is clean inside and out will help keep it free from scratches. Our simple cleaning tips demonstrate how you can take proper care of your windscreen.

2.       Give you windscreen a thorough check

Whenever you are cleaning your car you should check your windscreen thoroughly for any damage. If you do find a chip or crack give RACT Auto Glass a call and one of our expert technicians can check assess it for you. Acting on any damage early can save you time and money.

3.       Are your windscreen wipers in good condition?

Windscreen wipers should be soft and pliable. Make sure you check them regularly and if they are damaged replace them. Don't forget to make sure you have plenty of water in your window washer so you can clean your windscreen when required, and avoid getting any unnecessary scratches on your windscreen.

4.       Call the experts

RACT Auto Glass technicians are fully qualified in repairing and replacing windscreens.  You should never try to repair your own windscreen. We use the Esprit Windscreen repair systems which has passed or exceeded the requirements set out by the Australian Standard AS/NZ2366.2 1999.

How to Clean your Car Windscreen

Regular cleaning of your windscreen is one of the easiest things you can do to keep your windscreen clear without investing too much time or expense. Achieving a spotless streak free view is as easy as following these few simple steps

  1. Starting on the inside, using a soft microfiber cloth thoroughly wipe your windscreen, making sure you get all the dust build up.
  2. Spray around the edges of your windscreen with a window cleaning product available from your local automotive store then using the clean side of your soft microfiber cloth wipe around the edges of the windscreen
  3. Once the edges are done spray the remainder of the windscreen and continue to wipe, using a new cloth if necessary.
  4. Grab a fresh cloth and wipe the inside windscreen one last time to give it a final shine.
  5. For the outside glass, give the windscreen a gentle wipe before spraying on the windscreen cleaning product.
  6. We recommend hosing down the windscreen from top to bottom with clean water before taking a fresh lint-free cloth/chamois and drying completely. Sometimes it's easier to do half the windscreen at a time to stop it drying naturally.

TIP: Try adding a little white vinegar on a clean cloth to help get a streak-free shine.

Regular cleaning and maintaining of your windscreens will help ensure you are driving with a clear view of the road ahead.

Leaking and whistling windscreens

If you find air or water coming in from the edges of your windscreen it may be that the moulding that holds the glass in has started to deteriorate. RACT can fix this for you making sure your car is water and air tight.

At RACT we only use original equipment, quality seals and adhesives. Our moulds are designed to create a water and wind proof barrier between you and the outside environment. Our mobile technicians can ensure your car is water and air tight by replacing your mould. To book call 24/7 on 1300 230 440 or submit an online enquiry.