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What You Need to Know about your Windscreen

Published on: 04 March 2015

If you have comprehensive car insurance, your insurance policy will probably cover damage to your windscreen. This is great news, as the danger of driving with a cracked windscreen is quite serious indeed.

With constant road works going on across the country, windscreen damage is a bigger problem than it has ever been before. Many of us have noticed a chip or a small crack on the glass of our vehicles and, being the busy people that we are, have chosen to ignore the damage or, at the very least, put off having it repaired until a later stage.

The windscreen is, however, a very important part of car safety and the repair of it is not something that should ever be put on the back-burner. In fact, it is against the law to drive with a badly cracked windscreen.

Why it needs to be repaired immediately

Despite the fact that a cracked windscreen limits visibility, there are many other dangers involved. For instance, if you were to roll your car, the windscreen is meant to act as a vertical support, making it less likely for the body of the car to be crushed from the impact. If, however, the glass is not as sturdy as it should be, it could break during the accident, resulting in serious injury and sometimes death.

If you were to be involved in a collision, the windscreen should act as a barrier, helping to limit injuries by keeping the passengers from being thrown out of the car. A cracked windshield is more likely to shatter at the point of impact, making the collision a lot more serious than it needs to be.

Lastly, cars are designed with safety as priority, which is why most vehicles have been fitted with life-saving airbags. The airbag itself relies on the sturdiness of the windshield in order to cushion the blow should the driver be involved in an accident. If the windscreen is not sturdy, the functionality of the airbag is very limited.

How to avoid damage to your windscreen

Now that you are aware of the urgency that is involved in getting a damaged windshield repaired, let us take a look at a few tips that’ll help you to avoid damage to your windscreen in the first place:

  • According to arrivealive.co.za, 90% of windscreen damage occurs as a result of stones that come into contact with the glass. As a result, when driving on roads that are surrounded by sand, rocks or stones, be sure to slow down so as to limit the force inflicted by any falling debris.
  • Keep a safe following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Stones can be thrown up at you as a result of another car driving over them.
  • If a truck is driving in front of you and it is obvious that the vehicle is carrying a heavy load such as sand, keep an even larger following distance. The load could begin to fall out of the truck and cause damage to your car in the process.

By following the above tips and advice, it should be much easier for you to avoid damaging your windscreen. However, accidents do happen, which is why it is necessary to have sufficient motor insurance cover that you can count on. To learn more about vehicle insurance, check out this infographic!