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1 December 2021

Leave the Leaves – Debris Check

You’ve seen them. Those leaves that have been sitting in the corners of the cavity where your windscreen meets the bonnet. They’ve been there since winter, haven’t they?

It may sound pedantic, but clearing any debris from those corners of your windscreen can make a serious difference to your road safety.

Over time and with moisture, leaf debris can morph into a rust-inducing slime that can create rot in your car’s panels and body, marking paint and damaging structural components.

Arachnophobes take note. Gathered leaves combined with your warm engine provide a compelling place for your local Huntsman or other terrifying spider to take residence. Is there any greater threat to road safety than an eight-eyed arachnid emerging from an air-conditioning vent while you’re cruising at 110km/h?

No. There isn’t. Seriously.

With the bonnet up for your oil or coolant check, grab those leaves and remove them from your car. If not for the car’s sake, then for your own.

IMPORTANT: If you are unsure, always head directly to your local vehicle dealer to have your car checked. Never get on the road if you have even a small concern about whether or not your vehicle is safe.

This is general information only. Every vehicle is different, and all drivers are responsible for their own vehicles. Always consult your vehicle’s manual and contact your local vehicle dealer for advice.

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