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What to do with a cracked windscreen

December 21, 2017

Something that we take for granted in our car is the windscreen. Is it interesting… not really, is it important… you bet your life it is. What many car owners fail to realize is that their front windscreen does a whole lot more than protect you from the elements when out on the road. Windscreens are integral to the functionality of the car, not only for aerodynamics, but they allow airbags to work at their best in the event of a crash, plus the windscreen adds support to the roof in the event of a crash or rollover.

Over 95% of drivers decisions are made by vision, so it is important to make sure your windscreen is in its best condition so that your decision making on the road it sound, and not delayed by bad vision. An obstructed view due to cracks, large stone chips or smashed sections of glass reduce overall visibility of what’s in front.

Driving with a cracked windscreen also increases the chances of glass sustained injuries in the event of a collision. Remember, the windscreen helps with the integrity of the passenger cell and overall protection, its best to not have this damaged and create a weak point. In the event that a crack or smash does appear, it’s vital that the situation and damage is assessed. In order to do so, first you must remain calm and when it is safe to do so, pull over. Assess if it is safe to drive, otherwise consider a tow if unsafe. You can always call your road side assistance for help. Windscreens can be replaced quite quickly, and in many cases may be covered with a minimal excess by your insurance company if you have the windscreen replacement option. Depending on the extent of the windscreen damage, sometimes chips may be fixed by applying a liquid resin by a qualified technician.

It is also worth noting that driving with a damaged or cracked windscreen may be illegal depending where you live.  As a general rule of thumb, if the damage on the windscreen impairs the driver’s vision in any way, there is high chance the car may be declared unroadworthy. It’s always best to visit the road and traffic authority of the state you live in to be sure. Also, in many instances, windscreens are replaced at a roadworthy certificate time due to chips and pitting from day to day driving.

When it comes to damaged windscreens, never turn a blind eye. There is never a good time to drive out on the road with a cracked or damaged windscreen, vision and safety are imperative for you, your passengers and other road users. To maintain great vision on the road, is also important to keep wipers blades in top condition to remove rain, bugs and grime from your vision. Trico Products manufacture a wide range of high quality wiper blades to help you whilst you’re out on the road, plus washer additive and glass cleaner to keep the windscreen crystal clear.