What to do if your windscreen gets damaged
The windscreen of your car performs an important job – so if you’re driving with a damaged windscreen you need to be aware of the laws and risks. In this guide we will tell you all you need to know to help you prevent or fix your windscreen-related issues!
How do i stop a crack from spreading?
If you notice even a small crack or chip in the windscreen of your vehicle, don’t ignore it. The damage won’t fix itself – it is often the result of a chip that was left unattended and then grew into something more serious. It is quicker and cheaper to get smaller damage repaired, than a fully cracked windscreen, which will usually need to be completely replaced. Best practice is to repair the chip or crack as swiftly as possible. Even if the damage is not in your line of vision, don’t put off the repairs – a crack left unattended can quickly spread quickly making the problem a lot worse.
A chip could be repaired by injecting an epoxy or acrylic adhesive into it. This will seal the chip, preventing moisture and dirt getting into it. But larger cracks can’t be so easily fixed – meaning you will then need more detailed and thorough repair.
How serious can a cracked windscreen be?
The windscreen of your vehicle needs to be kept in good condition. It does much more than act as protection from the wind and the rain. If it is clear and undamaged it is vital for good vision. If it is cracked it can impede a driver’s vision. This will start making it difficult to see approaching traffic and other road hazards. Even minor scratches and small chips can cause problems; these can make dazzle and glare from sunlight and other car headlights worse worse.
What are the laws on driving with a cracked windscreen?
Driving with a cracked windscreen can be considered a motoring offence. It could constitute use of a motor vehicle in a dangerous condition. The Highway Code states that drivers should have a full view of the road ahead and glass should be maintained in a good condition. Whilst damaged it can obscure driver view, if a motorist is stopped, it could result in a fixed penalty of three points on their licence and a fine.
Certain damages can actually have bigger consequences than you might think. If there is damage of 40mm in size, anywhere on the windscreen, your vehicle will actually fail its MOT. The damages will need to be fixed before being re-tested.
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