3 Main Windscreen Issues that Car Drivers Face
If there is one thing that all car owners can agree on, it is the fact that it is impossible not to get cracks on your car’s windscreen.
If there is one thing that all car owners can agree on, it is the fact that it is impossible not to get cracks on your car’s windscreen. One reason behind this occurring is that the road is filled with tiny stones that easily get flung towards your vehicle unintentionally by other public transportation.
Under such circumstances, even when a car driver notices a minor chip or cracks on their windscreen, they choose to ignore the issue and keep driving on the road until and unless they are unable to see clearly while driving or if they were caught and fined by the authorities.
However, doing so will not only cost you much but that tiny scratch which was then repairable will turn into major damage and you might need to replace your windscreen on the whole!
This itself, is only one of the issues faced while driving in Melbourne, Australia, listed below are more windscreen problems that drivers face.
1. Chipped Windscreens:
A chipped windscreen might seem like a minor issue while driving as compared to a flat tire, however, what most people do not realize is that the tiny chip can further develop into a huge crack on their windscreen which will hinder them from driving.
Most of the time, we rarely notice an issue with our vehicle until we have left the house, this is because we are in such a hurry to reach our destination.
If you have noticed a small chip on your windscreen while you are driving but can’t find a repairer nearby, then here are a few things you can do to avoid more damage:
- Call a repairer to your office or home address.
- Stick some clear tape on to the chip to prevent dust and dirt from gathering.
- Do not wash your car.
- Do not keep your air-conditioner or defroster on high as it can add more pressure to the crack.
- Do not park directly under the sun.
- Do not drive on any unsealed and bumpy road.
However, if the chip on your windscreen is within the line of sight, then it would be better for you to get your chip repaired right away.
2. Cracked Windscreens:
If the glass isn’t strong enough, it might cause your windscreen to crack. A crack can also be caused if you haven’t attended to the chip on your glass in time, if a stone was flung on your glass by a passing vehicle, or if you were involved in an accident.
Regardless of how the crack was caused, it is essential to repair or replace the crack as soon as possible as it poses many risks, the glass might easily shatter under pressure hitting every individual inside with broken glass and it might also lead to an accident by obstructing your view.
If your windscreen is cracked, your best option would be to call a repairer. After carefully investigating the severity of the crack, the repairer will then be able to suggest a solution that will be either to repair or replace your screen. Whether your screen can be repaired, depends on the type of crack and its size.
3. Scratched Glass:
As compared to a crack, a scratch is not considered as a major issue, which is why owners fail to give enough importance to fix it. Depending on the type and depth, it can either be buffed or polished but if it is deep, you will need to replace it.
If the number of scratches that you notice on your windscreen is increasing then you should get your wipers checked, as they could be the reason for it. Having scratches are risky as they reflect the headlights and sunlight, thus, distracting you while you are driving.
In conclusion, no matter how the scratches, chips or cracks are caused, it is important to resolve the issue as soon as you notice it by repairing or replacing it, to avoid further damage and for the safety of yourself and your loved ones.
About the Author:
Darren Pay and Justin Oakes are co-owners of A1 Windscreens that is a Melbourne, Australia based business, known for their efficient windscreen repair services and their car windscreen replacement services.