Some motorists however may not be familiar with the best way to deal with such a thing, or even know if it’s a problem worth dealing with.
Here we guide you through the potential perils encountered when driving with a chipped windscreen, and how best to deal with this fault.
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How do windscreen chips develop?
In recent years modern cars have started featuring thinner windscreens, which are lighter but also more prone to fractures. As the windscreen glass has changed, so has the way it breaks as well.
Every time a windscreen has a chip in it, it takes on a form made up of thousands of little microcracks. They’re invisible to the naked eye, but they are definitely formed at the very centre of that star.
Once these microcracks are created they will continue to spread from the original windscreen chip. The rate in which this occurs depends on numerous factors such as how thin the windscreen glass, the current weather at the time and how many small stresses are put on the chip over time.
It is an inevitability that at a certain time a windscreen chip will develop into a serious crack which can then easily lead to an instant failure of the glass.
Every bump, jolt and sudden stop inflicted on the car’s chipped windscreen whilst driving will prove to be too much, as each example weigh heavily on the growing microcracks.
Research reports indicate that chip often develops into a crack within a matter of weeks, but at times the process can take as long as six months.
Fixing the crack
Motorists may become worried that fixing a windscreen can prove a costly process, but you likely won’t need to replace the whole windscreen on your vehicle if the chip is identified and dealt with in its early stages.
When a windscreen chip is identified your best course of action is to take it to a trusted service garage who can examine the vehicle windscreen at their location or by coming to your car.
A qualified technician can repair most small chips on windscreens using the appropriate resin kit to re-strengthen the glass.
The good news as well is that such repairs will normally come free of charge, since your insurance company should cover the costs of such maintenance work. Your no-claims bonus should also be unaffected by windscreen chips. It may be worth confirming all of this by reviewing your insurance details.
Still in some cases however a whole windscreen replacement may be your only realistic option.
In the mean time if you still feel the need to drive your car while it still has a chipped windscreen, you should really only do so for a very important reason that requires a vehicle. In this scenario remember to take extra care whilst driving, avoiding any large bumps or curbs on or near the road when possible.
Also bear in mind that temperature changes provided by a car’s air conditioning can cause the development of cracks from windscreen chips.
Living damage could be encouraged by temperature conditions, whether hot or cold, and also cabin moisture.
Furthermore the location and the driving style of a motorist can have a significant impact on windscreen chips to. If somebody’s journey features a number of bumpy roads, then naturally those jolts on the car will reverberate through to the windscreen, and worry the chip. The more erratic someone drives, the quicker the chip will become a crack.
Those motorists who choose to leave a windscreen chip unattended may as well start saving up plenty of money. After all taking this risk probably means you’re going to end up purchasing a new windscreen anyway.