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My Windscreen Is Chipped – What Should I Do?

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If your windscreen is chipped, the most sensible thing to do is get it repaired as quickly as possible. A small chip can quickly become a crack if left for too long, and this could prove costly if you end up needing a full replacement.

In this article, the 1st Call Windscreens team will be taking a look at some common questions surrounding chipped windscreens, ensuring you’re fully informed on the subject.

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What causes chips in windscreens?

Your vehicle’s windscreen is constantly exposed to different weather conditions and road hazards, making it susceptible to chips and cracks. Here are some of the most common causes of windscreen chips:

  • Road debris: Small stones, gravel and other debris kicked up by other vehicles on the road can hit your windscreen, causing chips.
  • Temperature changes: Sudden changes in temperature, especially extreme cold or hot conditions, can stress the glass and lead to chips.
  • Impact: Direct impacts from objects like branches, hail or minor accidents can result in chips and cracks.
  • Stress from vibration: Continuous vibrations while driving, especially on uneven roads, can contribute to the development of chips over time, too.

How serious is a chip in a windscreen?

The severity of a chip in your windscreen depends on its size, location and how quickly it is addressed. Generally, small chips can be repaired, but if left unchecked, they may develop into larger cracks, obscuring your view and leaving the glass susceptible to further damage.

If the chip is in the driver’s line of sight, it can also impair visibility, which poses a serious safety risk and could even cause you to fail your MOT.

Can I still drive with a chip in my windscreen?

In most cases, driving with a small chip in your windscreen is OK. However, it’s crucial to assess the size and location of the chip, because if the chip is obstructing your vision or if it’s on the larger side, it’s best to avoid driving until the chip is addressed.

It’s worth remembering that temperature changes and vibrations from driving can cause the chip to expand. What starts as a minor inconvenience can quickly turn into a more significant problem if ignored, so play it safe and get it sorted!

Can you claim for a chipped windscreen?

Whether you can claim for a chipped windscreen depends on your insurance policy. Many insurance companies provide coverage for windscreen repair or replacement, often with no impact on your no-claims bonus. However, it’s essential to check your policy details and contact your insurance provider to understand the specific terms and conditions.

How to avoid getting chips in your windscreen

Prevention is always better than cure. Here are some tips to minimise the risk of windscreen chips:

  • Maintain a safe distance: Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you to reduce the chances of being hit by debris kicked up by their tyres.
  • Avoid tailgating construction vehicles: Construction vehicles often carry loose gravel or other materials that can cause damage to your windscreen. Stay back and your windscreen will thank you.
  • Repair chips promptly: If you notice a chip, address it sooner rather than later. Timely repairs can prevent the chip from turning into a crack and burning a hole in your wallet.
  • Drive cautiously in bad weather: Be extra cautious in bad weather conditions, such as hailstorms or heavy winds, when the risk of windscreen damage is much higher.

If you’re in the Kent area and have a chip in your windscreen, do yourself a favour and give 1st Call Windscreens a call! We offer a fully mobile service so we can come to you. It’s quick and easy and will save you money in the long run.

Posted by: 1st Call Windscreens

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