Just had a piece of flying debris hit your windscreen? Worried about a small chip or crack getting worse? Is your windscreen showing signs of pitting?
Well, you’re not alone – most car owners out there will face the dilemma of choosing between repairing or replacing their car’s windscreen at least once in their lifetime!
It’s inevitable that any significant damage to your windscreen will need it to be replaced entirely, why? Well, it’s in the interest of the driver and passenger safety within the car.
You see, a damaged windscreen, or a windscreen but that hasn’t been properly repaired or fixed in place, is susceptible to popping out entirely in the case of a collision.
This might result in both the passengers and the driver being flung out of the car entirely! It will also be less of a final form of protection between the front row passengers and an incoming car crash!
The windscreen is also a strong source and bearer of structural support for the roof of the car – it’s known that poor quality windscreens have caused car roofs to collapse!
How do you know when to replace vs repair windscreens?
1. The damage blocks your view
Your windscreen affects your driving ability directly – any disturbance to what you can see through your windscreen can affect your decision-making ability! For example, a small chip or crack might affect your blind spot. Your perception of distance might be distorted. Wet weather conditions might further worsen this condition.
This shows that if your ability to drive is affected by a damaged windscreen, it’s time for a windscreen replacement!
2. Your windscreen is pitting
This is especially common for those driving frequently on high-speed highways – pitting simply means your windscreen glass has been damaged by flying debris such as gravel or small rocks.
With time, this will lead to mini holes or scratches on the surface of your windscreen which will reflect and shine light, affecting your ability to focus on the road. This is especially pronounced during sunrise and sunset.
3. Your windscreen is showing a white haze on its edges
What most car owners probably won’t know is that car windscreens are usually treated with a plastic called Poly Vinyl Butyral (PVB). This plastic ensures that in the case of the windscreen shattering, it will happen in small, rounded chunks so that it wouldn’t injure the car’s occupants or passengers.
That’s why when you start seeing a white haze at the area around the edge of your windscreen, this indicates that the plastic has started separating from the windscreen. This puts you at severe risk of being injured from sharp pieces of glass in the event of an accident or collision.
So don’t take the chance – replace your windscreen if you spot this!
4. Your windscreen has parts of it missing
While this may sound like an obvious point, a surprisingly large number of car owners often self-fix their windscreens with tape, glue or other forms of quick fixes until they find a suitable time for windscreen replacement. This poses a significantly increased risk not just from weather elements.
It’s because your car’s windscreen is important structural support for your car’s frame!
Without a properly replaced damaged or missing windshield, your car’s frame is at risk of sagging or even cause alignment issues with your windscreen frames when you attempt to replace it eventually!
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