Mo­torists blind to risks of frosty wind­screens

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Roof Crash Terror -

How of­ten at this time of year do you see mo­torists peer­ing out of a tiny gap in their wind­screen that is all that they could be both­ered to scrape clear be­fore set­ting off from home in the morn­ing?

Well, a new sur­vey (the last of 2013 we prom­ise) re­veals that many mo­torists are blind to the risks of ice-cov­ered wind­screens.

Forty-three per cent of driv­ers took to the wheel while their wind­screen was at least par­tially ob­scured last win­ter, re­duc­ing vis­i­bil­ity and in­creas­ing the chances of a col­li­sion.

The re­search by Di­rect Line found that an in­cred­i­ble 14% of th­ese driv­ers even risked driv­ing while look­ing out of the side win­dow be­cause the whole wind­screen was still misted or iced over.

Many mo­torists (16%) risked caus­ing se­ri­ous dam­age to their car’s wind­screen and win­dows by us­ing boil­ing or hot wa­ter in­stead of de-icer, and 2% – the equiv­a­lent of 780,000 mo­torists – dam­aged their wind­screens by pour­ing hot wa­ter on them.

Mo­torists should also be wary when leav­ing the en­gine run­ning while the car warms up and de-mists, as an unat­tended car is the per­fect tar­get for thieves and risks a theft claim not be­ing paid.

The dan­ger of driv­ing while your vi­sion is im­paired was very sadly demon­strated in Ash­ford last De­cem­ber.

Driver Ron­ald David Lynch was leav­ing a car park in Beaver Road at the end of a Christ­mas shop­ping out­ing when he knocked down 70-yearold Michael Don­nelly, who was walk­ing nearby.

Lynch, 55, of Beaver Lane, de­nied caus­ing death by driv­ing care­lessly but was con­victed by a jury.

The court was told that ice had been scraped off the wind­screen of Lynch’s Cav­a­lier – “most of it but not all, and the in­side was misted up”.

Think of that when you start up your car on a frosty or icy morn­ing.

So Christ­mas Day has come and gone al­ready, and no doubt you’re still mar­vel­ling over the won­der­ful gifts you re­ceived.

Mem­bers of the Nuts and Bolts team, how­ever, are won­der­ing how many Ash­for­dians found them­selves un-wrap­ping a Wesco Bread­boy this year?

We say this be­cause, ac­cord­ing to the team at our new John Lewis at Home store, sales of the metal bread bin in Ash­ford are an in­cred­i­ble 596% above the na­tional av­er­age!

The steel con­tainer, which comes in an ar­ray of colours, will set you back be­tween £68 and £75.

The re­search was car­ried out by the up­mar­ket chain as it com­pared sales of gifts from across its 40 stores in the UK to un­cover re­gional shop­ping habits.

The re­sults re­veal that kitchen ac­ces­sories and ap­pli­ances are prov­ing the most pop­u­lar among Ash­ford’s shop­pers.

So the ques­tion on ev­ery­one’s lips is… Did you re­ceive a shiny new bread bin on Christ­mas Day? And, most im­por­tantly, in what colour?

Pic­ture: Sam Wil­liams

Wesco Bread­boys are sell­ing in Ash­ford at a rate of 596% above the na­tional av­er­age

Pic­ture: Thinkstock Im­age Li­brary

Driv­ing safe this Christ­mas?

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