A vehicle’s windscreen plays a vital role. It is one of the most important yet underrated structural components in the car, providing a good deal of protection in the unfortunate event of an accident.
When a windscreen accumulates small cracks or chips, it might not seem like a big deal, but in reality, immediate windscreen repairs are an absolute must. Read on to find out why.
Safety Concerns During Accidents
Damaged windscreens are far more likely to pop out during collisions and can even cause the roof to collapse during a rollover accident. Given that modern vehicles’ A-pillars are getting thinner and thinner, the windscreen itself is now responsible for providing a good deal more protection than in prior decades. If a windscreen is not installed correctly, it can have the same impact as driving with a severely damaged windscreen, though, so be sure to hire a professional for any work involving this essential component.
Safety Concerns While Driving
Smaller chips and cracks can usually be fixed by a glass expert. However, if the vinyl resin safety layer inside of the windscreen becomes damaged, it will make the entire sheet of glass unable to withstand impacts. This can lead to serious safety risks in the event that even a small rock or piece of road debris winds up striking the windscreen.
If a crack or chip is located on the driver’s side of the windscreen, it may also pose a risk even if the safety layer is not damaged. Not only will the crack itself make it more difficult for the driver to see, but it will also reflect the glare of the sun, placing drivers and their passengers in a distinctly unsafe position.
Replace vs Repair
Most shallow chips and cracks can be repaired, and these repairs are typically covered by drivers’ insurance policies. If the crack is too deep or too wide, or it is placed in a crucial area of the windscreen where noticeable differences in color or texture will make it difficult for drivers to see, the entire windscreen will need to be replaced, though. This involves the removal and replacement of the rubberized weather stripping surrounding the windscreen and holding it in place and the application of an adhesive along the edges of the new windscreen’s frame.