How They Happen And How To Prevent Them?
Windscreens play a vital role in car safety. They add to the structural integrity of cars and also contribute to the perfect deployment of airbags when needed. Besides, they protect car occupants from various elements ranging from strong headwinds to oncoming debris.
In this light, windscreen chips and cracks are the pet peeves that can make driving a nightmare. To make it worse, there are several hazards on the road that make it a common problem. Sometimes, the damage can be minor hence unnoticeable until it’s too late, but there are times when your windscreen is shattered in a single hit.
Knowing the causes of windscreen damage can help you avoid unwanted events, even though there are times when such damage is completely inevitable. Without further ado, let’s have a look at the most common causes of windscreen damage.
1. Rock or debris damage
The majority of windscreen chips are caused by stones or debris that hit the car at a high speed. This can happen when driving behind a truck that is carrying some loose material. It can also happen when a car travelling in the opposite direction flicks up a stone that hits your screen, or when using uneven country roads. The most effective way to avoid this kind of damage is to maintain a safe distance between you and a truck whose load contents you don’t have an idea about.
2. Adverse weather
One of the reasons why you should not drive in extreme weather is because your car’s windscreen could get damaged. Thunderstorms can throw debris at your car, resulting in a damaged windscreen. Hails or chunks of ice are also notorious for damaging windscreens. If the weather is not friendly, you should park your car in a covered area to keep it safe.
Even though this case is quite rare, thieves often tamper with windscreens when trying to steal cars. Some thieves will normally break the entire windscreen while others try to loosen the screen quietly to avoid detection. This weakens the windscreen making it prone to cracking. For this reason, you should make a habit of inspecting your car’s windscreen for tampering as often as possible.
4. Temperature extremities
Glass expands and shrinks with changes in ambient temperature. Windscreen glass is mostly tough, but it still weakens after being repeatedly exposed to extreme temperatures. Windscreens will also crack when subjected to a sudden change in temperature.
To avoid windscreen damage related to temperatures that are a bit on the higher side, you should park your car in the shade if it’s extremely hot outside. If your car’s screen becomes frosted on a cold snowy day, avoid using hot water to defrost it.
5. Structural weakness and poor installation
Stress cracks can also show up as a result of weakness in the glass itself. Such fractures will, in most cases, appear on the edges of a car’s windscreen, as they are the weakest parts. Improper installation is also a major cause of windscreen damage in addition to being a safety hazard.
To avoid damages related to poorly constructed windshield glass, as well as poor installation, you should ensure that you buy a high-quality windscreen and have it installed by a professional.
Your windshield is one of the most important components of your car as it is vital for the safety of every occupant. You should never underestimate the slightest damage signs, as they could mean trouble. Besides, you stand the chance to avoid a full replacement if you act as early as you can. If you ever require a professional service, do some quality research to ensure that you get the best results possible.
At Fleet Motorglass, we offer comprehensive windscreen repairs and windscreen replacement and a 3rd Party Windscreen Replacement in Bedford, Milton Keynes, Leighton Buzzard, Luton, and Stevenage. Please contact us for more info on other areas that we cover or give us a call on us on 0800 232 424, our friendly and professional team are always happy to help.