UNITED KINGDOM - Auto Windscreens Launches First Prescription Windscreen

April 1, 2010

Editor's Note: Happy April Fools' Day!

Constantly having to swap your glasses or remember to bring along a pair for driving? Do away with the hassle, as Auto Windscreens, innovators in automotive glazing, has successfully launched its first prescription windscreen.

The ingenious creation has been the result of pioneering research and development from the company's state-of-the-art factory, based in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

Researching the curvature of corrective spectacles for myopia (short sightedness) led Auto Windscreens to successfully develop a windscreen which can be curved to match an individual's ophthalmic prescription. The resulting prescription windscreen will ensure that United Kingdom drivers will never have to be frustrated with finding their glasses or, more importantly, risk driving illegally without them.

This will bring welcome news to drivers who, according to a poll of British adults by "YouGov," over half surveyed needed glasses or contact lenses to drive. A fifth of those drivers who require glasses or contact lenses to drive confessed they had driven without them, while one in three of all adults didn't realize it was against the law not to wear your glasses or lenses whilst driving.

Having been successfully tested by the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship driver Tom Chilton, the young glasses-wearer has fitted his car with the prescription windscreen for the new 2010 racing season, due to start on April 4.

"We're delighted with this breakthrough development," says Nigel Davies, Auto Windscreens sales and marketing director. "Auto Windscreens is at the forefront of innovation in the automotive glazing marketplace and this latest development - the prescription windscreen - is one of our best. The benefits to drivers are numerous. Not only will cars fitted with the new prescription windscreen help keep glasses wearers safe and legal on our roads but it could potentially lead to a reduction in vehicle theft. We anticipate the prescription windscreen will be a success and we're currently researching and developing a bi-focal windscreen."

Every car fitted with the Auto Windscreens' prescription windscreen comes with a car kit of special cleaner and oversized cleaning cloth. View the video to the right for more information.

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