Winter is often a time when windscreens are at their most vulnerable. It could be the risk of accidents caused by your vehicle sliding across the road. It could be a chip caused by the unfortunate bounce of a piece of rock salt deposited by a gritting machine. Or it could simply be that the cold weather has lead to frozen moisture forcing a small crack open and turning it into a big one.
However, it is not just in winter that screens can be cracked and, just as damage can happen at different times it can also occur in varied places.
For example, getting someone out to repair your car probably isn’t such a big deal if its in the big city, sizeable town or even moderately proportioned village where you reside.
However, you can tell a really good and comprehensive car windscreen replacement service from the extent of its cover. If you find yourself miles from anywhere, that can make a broken windscreen even more of an issue, especially in winter because you could be left exposed to the cold and inclement weather a long way from help.
We, however, really can help you wherever you are – and that means even of you are in the remotest places you could get a car in Britain.
Technically, the Knoydart Peninsula in the Scottish Highlands is the remotest place on the mainland, although in practice it takes a ferry to get there from anywhere else. Similarly, many of the other most isolated places in Britain are off-road.
However, there are various definitions of remote. For example, the highest roads in Britain are often linked with the loneliest buildings, particularly pubs.
Topping this topographical list is the Tan Hill Inn, located by the road but also on the Pennine Way to refresh walkers passing through the Yorkshire Dales, this inn sits 1,732 ft above sea level and is often snowed in during winter. Suffice to say, it’s not the ideal place to be if you need your windscreen mending or any other kind of car repair work.
While second highest pub in England, the Cat and Fiddle, is by the main A537 road from Buxton to Macclesfield and thus more accessible, the third, the Kirkstone Inn, is another hostelry prone to being snowed in during winter as the Lake District weather closes in.
Thankfully, Scotland’s highest pub is the Wanlockhead Inn, which is situated in the village of the same name just off the B797 in Dumfries and Galloway.
Scotland does have plenty of other roads that are far from anywhere, however. The highest stretch of road is the Cairnwell Pass south of Braemara at 2,199 ft, from which it takes far less time to climb up to the summit of the nearest 3,000 ft mountain than walk back down into the village.
Other very high roads include the road to the Cairngorm Ski Centre and various roads crossing the North Pennines in extremely sparsely populated areas.
These places may be high up, far from a town and awkward to get to. But if you need us there to fix your windscreen, we’ll be there.