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Why Chipped or Cracked Windscreens Need to be Repaired

Why Chipped or Cracked Windscreens Need to be Repaired

Cracks or chips on your windscreen can develop at any time, no matter what road you’re driving on. Windscreen damage is typically caused by loose stones or road materials being kicked up by other vehicles. At first glance, a windscreen chip might seem too small or insignificant to bother with, but that is a critical mistake which could lead to severe consequences.

In this article, we’re looking at why windscreens need to be repaired, and the importance of repairing a damaged windscreen early on, instead of leaving it untouched.

Will windscreen chips get worse over time?

Even the smallest chip can eventually develop into a nasty, not-so-small crack given enough time. Depending on the roads you drive on, and how lucky you are on the road, this could happen sooner rather than later.

Each time you drive with a chipped windscreen, you risk damaging it even further. Bumps and potholes in the road will only speed up this process, and there’s nothing stopping a significant crack from appearing while you’re commuting. Repairing a chip shortly after it appears will prevent more serious damage from occurring in the future. This is critical if you want to be as safe as possible on the road.

Chips can lead to an MOT failure

If a crack or chip appears in the driver’s line of vision, you are at risk of failing your MOT. Chips elsewhere on your windscreen might also lead to an MOT failure.

Chips that are larger than 10mm across and located in the driver’s direct view will need to be repaired before you take an MOT. For chips outside of the driver’s immediate line of sight, you will fail an MOT if they are larger than 40mm across.

To ensure that your windscreen doesn’t hold you back during an MOT, make sure to get any cracks or chips repaired before your scheduled test.

Quick, easy & convenient chip repair

Repairing a chip or crack is a much faster process than a full windscreen replacement, meaning you can be back on the road without any hassle.

If you spot a chip in your windscreen, there’s no telling how fast it will develop into something more severe. Arranging a swift windscreen repair will bring your windscreen back to full strength without you having to worry about it getting worse – or being forced off the road due to substantial damage.

Windscreen repair can be suited to your convenience, whether you’re at home, at work or between the two, and takes hardly any time at all.

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Windscreen chip repair can save you money

Leave a chip for too long and you’ll soon have to deal with a full blown windscreen replacement. This is much costlier than a simple repair, as it involves taking out your broken windscreen, finding a suitable replacement for your vehicle, and installing it to the highest standards.

Replacements are typically carried out for windscreens which have suffered significant damage. If your windscreen only has a small chip, you’ll be saving yourself both money and hassle by having it repaired as soon as possible.

Can windscreen chips threaten road safety?

Anything that impedes the driver’s view presents a clear danger to you, your passengers and other drivers. A chip might seem too small to worry about at first, but the longer you leave it the more dangerous it becomes.

Not only can a chip or crack be a visual obstacle for the driver, the windscreen becomes much weaker when one is present. The windscreen is an important safety feature for any vehicle, and anything which threatens that safety needs to be fixed immediately.

A chip is just the beginning, but repairing your windscreen early on prevents any further risk. Repairing a chip allows your windscreen to retain its structural integrity, keeping you and anyone travelling with you, as safe as possible on the road.

1st Call Windscreens provide a windscreen repair service for chips and cracks throughout Maidstone, Gillingham, Sittingbourne, Chatham, Rochester and the surrounding Medway Towns. Our expert team can identify and repair existing chips to bring your windscreen back to working order. To find out more about all of our windscreen repair services, dont hesitate to get in touch with us today.

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