Whether it is caused by the weather, road debris, or a badly fitted windscreen; chips in your car’s windscreen are very common and unfortunately often neglected until the problem escalates. A crack in your windscreen will inevitably spread over time and cause further damage that may lead to you having to pay for a full windscreen replacement instead of a simple chip repair.
You may even be inadvertently driving illegally, which may lead to a fine as well as points on your driving license. Therefore, addressing a windscreen crack straight away can prevent potential accidents, as well as save you money.
Laws and Rules Around Windscreen Chips
The Highway Code clearly defines that a driver’s windscreen should be kept in a good condition and always provide a full, unobstructed view of the road ahead. Driving with a windscreen that has a chip in the driver’s view can result in a fine and three points being added to your driving license. The larger the chip and the closer it is to the driver, the more likely you are to be prosecuted.
Additionally, a 40mm chip anywhere on the windscreen or a 10mm chip in ‘zone A’ can result in your vehicle failing its MOT. ‘Zone A’ is a reference point relating to the 290mm section of the windscreen that is right in front of the driver. Your vehicle will have to undergo a full windscreen replacement or chip repair depending on the crack size before it is re-tested and can pass its MOT.
Risks of Driving With A Cracked Windscreen
A cracked windscreen can be dangerous to the driver, passengers, and other road users. Firstly, a chip in the windscreen provides a weak point that makes the whole windscreen more likely to shatter if it is put under pressure. The shock of an external object hitting the windscreen or an airbag deploying can result in the windscreen shattering. This can aggravate the consequences of any accident due to broken glass potentially causing direct injury to the people involved in the collision. It can even make the roof of your car more likely to collapse as the windscreen is the main holding point providing support to the top of your car.
Driving with a cracked windscreen can be unlawful as well as dangerous. It is our responsibility to ensure our vehicles are roadworthy for our safety as well as others. It is also worth noting that fixing a chip in your windscreen straight away can prevent it from spreading and becoming a much more serious and expensive problem. Small chips can usually be fixed and can prevent your car from having to undergo a full windscreen replacement.
This will not only save you money, but it will also be much quicker as the average time for fixing a windscreen chip is only 30 minutes. If you have a chip in your windscreen, it is therefore strongly advised that you act immediately to save money, time, and potentially stop an accident from occurring.
If you are currently driving with a windscreen chip or crack and need to get your windscreen repaired or get a windscreen replacement, then get in contact with us at Fleet Motorglass and get your windscreen professionally fixed. Contact us on 0800 232 424, or visit our contact page.