Getting a cracked or chipped windscreen can be a nuisance to repair or replace and not everyone has the time or money to attend to it as soon as possible. Ignoring the issue as it is not immediately life threatening is easy but this may cause even more problems further down the track. By addressing the damage in its early stages you can completely avoid all the hassle of a replacement.
Here are some reasons why you should not drive with a damaged windscreen:
Safety – driving around with a chipped or cracked windscreen compromises the safety of your vehicle and reduces the overall structural integrity of your car. A chipped or cracked windshield is less likely to protect you from any objects or major accidents as it has more chances of shattering upon impact.
Time – the longer you leave either a crack or chip on your windscreen the more chances of the damage spreading. Going over even the smallest of humps and bumps can cause the cracks to spread like wildfire, beyond the point of repair. The key is to attend to the issue as quickly as possible to ensure you have pursed the most cost effective option.
Cost – upon receiving damage to your windscreen it is always a good idea to review your insurance policy to see if it covers windscreen replacements. This is to ensure that if worse comes to worse and your windscreen is beyond repair, that you’re fully covered for a new one. If left to the last minute and you find out you are not covered the cost of a new windscreen comes out of your pocket.
Additional damage – ignoring the issue will not make it go away, it may cause additional damage which could end up costing you more in the long run. The windscreen acts like a seal to your car, preventing the elements from creeping into your vehicle. As the cold or heat leaks into your car through the cracks it can put a lot of stress on your air-conditioning and heater. Prolonged cracks and chips can also attract dust getting caught between the gaps making it harder to repair which could lead to getting a replacement. Worst of all, if water begins to seep in this can lead to interior damage which can be quite costly.
What to take away
Prolonging the repair process of a cracked or chipped windscreen can be detrimental to not only the driver and passengers of the vehicle but also for others on the road. If you are still caught up in deciding whether you should repair or replace your windscreen we recommend contacting the professionals for some advice or even a quick quote to see what your options are. Tackling the issue early ensures that you not only reduce all safety risks but may ultimately reduce the cost that comes out of your pocket.