Some people do not worry about cracks or chips in their windscreen, thinking they are no big deal. However, we here at MY WINDSCREEN LONDON know that those cracks and chips cannot only be bad for the look of your car, but they are also dangerous to you and the passengers in your car. This is because the structural integrity of your windscreen is essential to the safety of you and your passengers in the event of a car accident or rollover. The glass in your windscreen braces the roof of your car, making it stronger so it will prevent it from caving in and crushing you all. Cracks and chips weaken the entire windscreen, which weakens its ability to hold the roof up in a rollover accident. In addition, if cracks and chips weaken the windscreen, it may not be able to stop you and your passengers from being ejected from the car in an accident. All of these things are vitally important to your safety and you should never ignore a crack or chip, no matter how small. So, how can you prevent getting cracks and chips in your windscreen?
Here are some tips:
One of the easiest things to do is to keep your car parked in the garage. You may be thinking, “Why should I worry about cracks and chips if I am not driving?” Well, many cracks and chips happen while your car is parked in the street or a parking lot. Damage from a passing car throwing up rocks from its tires or even things falling from trees, such as acorns, walnuts, etc. If you do not have a garage, park in your driveway. No driveway? Think about getting a carport to keep your vehicle safe while it is not in use.
This may seem obvious to some of you, but you would be surprised how many people do not realize this. Big trucks, such as dump trucks and construction trucks carry stuff in the back that can fly out and hit your windscreen, causing a crack or chip. And do not follow anyone too close, because things under their wheels can be thrown back and hit your windscreen.
Be sure to look at your windscreen wipers often to check for dirt or damage. Any kind of damage to your blades can cause damage to your windscreen. For example, a bent windscreen wiper blade can scratch or chip the windscreen. Dirt or debris can do the same thing.
Never use hot water, or any water, to get rid of ice on your windscreen. It will not work and it can crack your windscreen. You can use a bit of table salt on your windscreen to break up the ice a bit and then use a PLASTIC ice scraper instead of a metal one. Additionally, do not ever use your keys or any other object to scrape the ice.
If you do happen to see a crack or chip in your windscreen, do not wait to get it fixed. If you are not going to repair or replace windscreen yourself that day, you should call MY WINDSCREEN LONDON at 0800 2425 505 | 0780 6323 142 and we will come look at it anywhere in the London area for no extra charge.