Mr Windscreen welcomes the recent publication by Thatcham of the UK Insurance Industry Requirements (IIR) for the safe repair of ADAS-equipped vehicles. These requirements are demanded by over 30 major insurance companies.
A windscreen is a windscreen, right? It’s there to see through and that’s it, right? Wrong. For some years now, the humble windscreen has been at the heart of what we call Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Safety features such as lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and collision avoidance all depend on ADAS technology, and, in turn, on that windscreen.
For most of us, the easing of travel restrictions signals a return to a normal of sorts, and for many that means a return to gain employment for that car which has been in the driveway since early March. That in turn will turn our attention to our annual car service which we may have put off over the crisis.
Like all businesses providing essential services, at Mr Windscreen we are delighted to be able to open our doors again. Over the past 2 months our activity has been limited to ensuring emergency services and frontline needs for windscreen replacement and repair were looked after. Now we can serve all motorists.
Chances are you’re using the car a lot less during the lockdown – and if your parents are over 70 they shouldn’t be using theirs at all during their ‘cocooning’. While that means lower fuel bills and less wear and tear, there can be downsides to leaving a car unused for a long period of time.
Mr Windscreen was a finalist in the category “Independent Aftersales Operation of the Year” for the 2020 Irish Motor Industry Awards, run by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) in association with Bank of Ireland.
Mr Windscreen has been short-listed in the category “Independent Aftersales Operation of the Year” for the Irish Motor Industry Awards, run by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) in association with Bank of Ireland.
The new ADAS.ie facility at Euro Business Park in Little Island, Cork is the latest in a nationwide roll-out of dedicated centres by the calibration arm of Mr Windscreen.
The experienced and highly trained team at the Little Island branch provides expert windscreen and bumper recalibration for all makes and models of cars and light commercial vehicles. Investment in the latest technology means ADAS.ie is in a position to calibrate 80% of vehicles on the road in Ireland – more than any other provider.
Step inside the Mr Windscreen centre in Waterford city and you’re in for an unusual sight. Or two. Firstly, there’s the impressive array of diagnostic and calibration equipment. Then there’s the person working alongside them – 29-year-old Michelle O’Keefe, possibly the country’s only female ADAS calibration specialist.
Not the start to the day you need – you run out of the house in the usual rush only to discover your windscreen is all fogged up. If you’re lucky enough to have a heated windscreen you’re in business, if not, you’ve a bit of a chore in store.