Windscreens

Add screen-wash checks to your morning de-icing regime.


  1. Posted on January 20th, 2020 by Rob Marshall
  2. It is probably fair to say that much of the UK has enjoyed a relatively mild winter so far. This makes the recent cold-snap more of a shock to the system, especially first thing in the morning, when many school runs/work commutes start with a de-icing programme. One area that you might not check after […]

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Check your screen-wash strength


  1. Posted on December 10th, 2019 by Rob Marshall
  2. As winter is now firmly upon us, GEM Motoring Assist is advising that drivers not only check their screen-wash levels but also the fluid concentration. Frozen screen-wash not only will stop you from clearing your windscreen but it can also damage the system’s pump and jets.   Anti-freezing properties The chief property of most screen-washes […]

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The different types of wiper blades


  1. Posted on November 29th, 2019 by Rob Marshall
  2. Wiper blades might not be the most exciting of topics but old, worn, or perished wipers can not only make wet weather driving a misery but they also can be dangerous. For this reason, many manufacturers recommend that they are changed once annually, at least.   Yet, as with all technologies, times change and wiper […]

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Wiper cleaning tip


  1. Posted on August 20th, 2019 by Rob Marshall
  2. Modern windscreen wipers, especially the flat-blade ‘aero’ sets, can be fairly expensive to replace. Despite this, we recommend that windscreen wipers are renewed annually but their performance can drop-off even sooner. Especially at this time of year, when used relatively infrequently, the rubber blade can suffer from the effects of sunlight and residues can build […]

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Get the basics right before you drive with GEM’s new ‘how to’ videos


  1. Posted on July 15th, 2019 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. There’s now no excuse to avoid these quick, basic tasks that will help keep you safe and save you money! Simple car maintenance tips will help you steer clear of trouble on the road   GEM Motoring Assist has published a brand new series of short ‘how to’ videos that set out the basics of […]

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Reviewing windscreen wipers


  1. Posted on October 11th, 2018 by Rob Marshall
  2. With summer well and truly over, it is worth checking the condition of your windscreen wipers, which may have deteriorated during the hot weather due to ultra-violet degradation.   How long do wipers last? Windscreen wipers tend to last between six and twelve months, although many drivers do not replace them until they have become […]

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Beware of solidifying screenwash


  1. Posted on January 9th, 2018 by Rob Marshall
  2. An interesting story appeared earlier this winter, where a BMW owner had a manufacturer warranty claim refused, for using an aftermarket screen-wash that reacted with an incompatible type within the car’s washer bottle and caused a blockage. The owner was quoted saying that the main dealership told him that he should have used BMW’s branded […]

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Extend windscreen wiper life


  1. Posted on September 14th, 2017 by Rob Marshall
  2. Until recently, the humble windscreen wiper had escaped the rampant increase in complication that has affected virtually every other part of the motorcar. Its construction has remained fixed for years, in that a thin blade of rubber is kept in contact with the glass by a flexible metal frame. The arrival of the flat-blade wiper, […]

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Screen-wash in summer


  1. Posted on August 9th, 2017 by Rob Marshall
  2. You may think that screen-wash is suitable in winter only, where it keeps you on the right side of the law, by ensuring that your windscreen washers work in freezing conditions. While the presumption is correct, screen wash also has its uses in the summer months, too. Health benefits As screen wash tends to be […]

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Repairing A Chipped Windscreen


  1. Posted on November 29th, 2013 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. A chipped windscreen can be an expensive hassle. Rob Marshall explains what you need to know. Like many components within the modern motor car, windscreens have become considerably more complex over the past thirty years. In the early days of motoring, occupants sustained serious injuries from a screen breaking into large, sharp pieces. Toughened windscreens […]

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