Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Fix a Cracked Windscreen
The smaller the problem – and the less it affects us immediately – the easier it is to put off attending to. Unfortunately, not all small problems stay that way when ignored, and just because something isn’t having an immediate impact on your life, doesn’t mean it doesn’t pose some risk. That’s certainly true of any damage to your windscreen, and here we explore four reasons why you shouldn’t wait to have a crack in your windscreen fixed.
It Affects Your View of the Road
The critical vision area (CVA) is a section of the windscreen directly in front of the driver: stretching from the top to the bottom of the windscreen, and from the left edge to the right edge of the steering wheel. It should be kept free of any obstructions, and for this reason repairs in the CVA are only possible for very small chips or cracks. But chips and cracks elsewhere on your windscreen can also interfere with your view of the road, regardless of how small they are. The risk might be lower, but it isn’t insignificant.
It Isn’t Safe
The risk of even a small crack affecting your view of the road makes it unsafe but isn’t the only way it isn’t safe to leave a crack in your windscreen unfixed. Any damage to the windscreen weakens the integrity of the glass, increasing the risk of the glass shattering with little warning. But the windscreen also plays an important role in keeping you and passengers safe in the event of an accident, and if the structural integrity is already weakened, it might not work as intended, leading to more severe injuries. One key role the windscreen plays is ensuring the passenger airbag deploys properly, and if the windscreen shatters too soon or is already weakened, the airbag could be deployed through the windscreen instead of towards the passenger seat.
It Will Spread
Because a crack of any size means the windscreen is already weakened, you can be sure that the crack will spread. And you have no way of knowing how quickly this will happen. Sudden jolts from driving over uneven surfaces, water getting into the crack, rapid changes in the temperature, and even the change in pressure inside the car when you open and close doors all exert a certain amount of stress on the windscreen, causing the crack to grow. At times this spread will be microscopic, but other times more significant, and past a certain point all new growth will be very noticeable.
Smaller Cracks Can Be Repaired
A crack in your windscreen can be repaired, but only if it is below a certain length – which is much lower for cracks inside the CVA – and if the damage hasn’t spread beyond the first layer of glass. So, your best chance of having your windscreen repaired rather than replaced is if you have any damage accessed as soon as you notice it.
Got a small crack or chip in your windscreen? Call Instant Windscreens on 132 444 now; we’re available 24 hours a day to help with your damaged windscreen needs, even coming to you if you can’t make it to one of our countrywide locations.