Minimising Crack Damage to Windscreens
A cracked windscreen is never something that you welcome as a vehicle owner. Having a rock or other object cause damage to your windscreen is not ideal, but it is at times unavoidable. When you are driving, it is easy for rocks and other flying debris to hit your windscreen and cause small to large visible cracks within the glass. If you are looking to minimise the total amount that you will have to pay in windscreen repairs, there are steps that you can take to reduce the total amount of damage.
Measure the Crack
It is important that you measure the crack in your windscreen once it occurs. If the total chip to your windscreen is less than the size of a quarter, it is possible to have it repaired without requiring a complete windscreen replacement. Even longer cracks in length can be repaired without the need for the windscreen to be replaced. Repair is the cheaper alternative to replacement, so you need to know how large the crack is in size. Avoiding having your entire windscreen replaced will save you substantial amounts of money.
If you have a small crack in your windscreen, it is possible to continue driving your vehicle before you have the crack repaired. However, there are a few preventative measures that you need to take to reduce the amount of damage that occurs. If you are not careful, it is possible to crack your windscreen even further. It is important that you protect against dirt. This can be done by putting a piece of clear tape over the small crack to inhibit dirt from getting into the small crevices of the crack.
It is also important that you remember to keep your windscreen out of exposure to direct sunlight before you have it repaired. A small crack in your windscreen can grow quickly if it is exposed to sunlight. This means that you should keep your car in a cool garage until you can have the crack repaired.
Even if you have a very small crack in your windscreen, it is important to have it repaired right away. If you wait, the size of the crack will only grow with time and could become damaged beyond repair if you are not careful. A crack in your windscreen can also negatively impact your visibility and be a safety hazard.
Don't delay in taking your vehicle into a windscreen repair shop, such as Australian Specialised Machinery Glass, for professional repairs.