The Necessity of A Windscreen Replacement

You might not think it, but getting your windscreen replaced is important. Okay, this is the sort of thing that people want to get fixed as soon as possible. After all, who wants to drive with the front glass of their car cracked, chipped, or just plain gone?

The problem is that some people might not mind having the screen cracked. They argue that as long as it doesn’t block visibility too much, it shouldn’t be an issue.

Well, that mindset is far from correct. Chips and cracks are more than unsightly blemishes. They are a safety issue, and in some places, it’s illegal to drive with damaged windscreens. The same is true for one that hasn’t been properly set into place.

The standard windscreen isn’t one pane of glass, but two. They’re both transparent pieces that are glued together, using a vinyl resin in the centre as binding. This keeps the glass in place, braced against impact and minimising the chance of a shatter causing shards that cut and tear into occupants.

Thanks to the design, any shards that are generated are less likely to be lethal projectiles.

If the windscreen isn’t glued into place, it could pop out during a collision. Sometimes, it might do this during a sudden stop at high speed.

The pane of glass does more than keeping out environmental factors. It also provides structural support for the car. It isn’t much on its own, but the whole structure is designed to have it, not go without it. If the screen is damaged or missing, you risk having the roof of the car collapse.

The biggest risks when driving without a windscreen, though, are safety concerns.

In the event of an accident with rollover, that glass is designed to protect occupants. The panes are getting sturdier, designed to take more punishment. This is a reaction to the frames holding them in place getting thinner, replacing their role in protecting people.

Smaller chips are easily repaired. If they’re smaller than, say, a credit card, you can probably have it sealed by and be on your way.

A crack or chip also becomes a problem for the structure of the pane. The vinyl resin that acts as a safety layer is compromised by any damage to the glass. If this happens, it becomes more vulnerable to any impact.

Cracks can also magnify light coming at the glass. This will impact visibility and perhaps even exacerbate sunlight glare, making it difficult to see as you drive.

Finally, any damage on the glass makes it vulnerable to further damage. A small crack compromises the integrity of the pane, so any further impact can make it bigger or shatter the thing entirely. While the odds of the shards being big enough to kill are unlikely, they can still hurt.

As you can see, there’s plenty of reason to get even a small crack or chip fixed if you see one. Call the experts to get things done soon. With luck, someone local can do on-location repairs instead of asking you to drive over to their shop.