- Screen wash isn’t necessary in summer
Screen wash is used at an almost constant rate in winter due to the grit, mud and water spraying up from the roads. Many would assume that in summer, screen wash isn’t so important and as a result they often forget to top it up as regularly.
Summer brings its own challenges such as dust and dead insects, which can quickly build up on your windscreen and obstruct view. This dirt, combined with the glare from the sun can be really dangerous as the sun shining on the windscreen can lessen visibility further.
- You can just use water
Water just doesn’t cut it when it comes to washer fluid. Water will freeze in colder weather, on your windscreen and in the jets, which can damage them and leave you needing a replacement part.
Water also isn’t good enough to remove any grime and tough marks caused by things such as insects and tree sap. Screen wash can be bought for a bargain price, so whilst you won’t be breaking the bank, you will be doing your car a massive favour.
- You can use washing up liquid
Using washing up liquid can feel like a simple and logical option, but it is not recommended that you use washing up liquid or any other household products to fill up your screen wash reservoir.
The chemicals used in them can damage the paint and metallic surfaces on your car and as with water, washing up liquid will freeze.
- The antifreeze screen wash is like antifreeze/coolant
Both of these products serve completely different purposes, so it is important not to get them mixed up. If you were to put screen wash in your coolant reservoir, you could cause serious damage to the internal engine parts. On the flip side of this, filling your screen wash reservoir with antifreeze/coolant could result in damaged paintwork.
Screen wash is easy to purchase online and in supermarkets at an affordable price. Keeping your windscreen clear is part of the law, so be sure to have your screen wash topped up all year round.