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How to Avoid Damage to Your Windscreen on the Road

Your windscreen is specially crafted to keep you and your passengers safe from the elements. By design, it will face a myriad of dangers on a regular basis. Most car owners have no idea just how dangerous the road can be until something hits the windscreen. Car glass replacement can be costly unless it’s covered by your insurance. Thankfully My Windscreen London has several tips to help you avoid some of the most common causes of windscreen damage, and avoiding need windscreen replacement.

Avoid HGVs & Trucks

Make sure that you leave a generous amount of space between you and any trucks or large vehicles on the road. Larger vehicles tend to kick up rocks and debris that can cause chips on the windscreen. Not only do those giant wheels throw rocks further, but they also throw them harder. Most large trucks have mud flaps to reduce the debris, but they can never catch everything. It is best to switch lanes or keep your distance if you find yourself behind them on the road.

Work on the Road

Road repair helps make things smoother for all drivers, but it is also one of the most common causes of windscreen damage. Pneumatic drilling tends to cause debris and stone chips to scatter over the surface, which translates into cracked windscreens. When you set out on the road, make a point of diverting around road work to prevent unnecessary risk to your windscreen.

Respect the Space

Trucks are not the only vehicles that can cause windscreen damage. Driving too close to the car or SUV in front of you is also risky. Road debris can get lodged in any tire which can then find its way to your car glass. Make sure you leave an appropriate amount of space between yourself and the car in front of you to prevent debris from striking your windscreen.

Drive Safely

The speed of your car and the car in front of you plays a big role in how hard debris strikes your windscreen. Following the speed limit is not only safer, but it will also reduce the amount of damage your windscreen suffers when struck. Make a point of obeying the speed limit while also leaving ample space between your car and the next. It is much better to arrive five minutes late than to have to replace a cracked windscreen.

Skip the Potholes

Potholes are another common cause of windscreen damage. Every time a car passes over a pothole it gets larger and the debris become looser. If your glass already has cracks or chips, the vibration of passing over a pothole can make them larger.

How We Can Help

We always suggest you avoid road hazards to keep your windscreen free from damage. Planning your trips, avoiding large trucks, and driving safely will help reduce the chances of windscreen damage. However, if you happen to get a chip or a crack, we are here to help. Give My Windscreen London a call at 0800 2425 505 to find out more about our repair services or to schedule a windscreen replacement.

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