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The last thing that you expect when you are on the road is for your windscreen to shatter. Perhaps you are driving along and happen to get behind a truck that throws up a heavy stone. You may even get stuck in a hail storm that pounds your windscreen relentlessly. If you are driving and your windscreen gets damaged, it is at risk of shattering at any time.
Any damage to your car or windscreen, while you are driving, is dangerous. It is very important that you know what steps to take if you happen to have a windscreen that may shatter or has shattered while driving. The first step is to ensure you are safe and call emergency help if needed, and the second is to seek Manchester Windscreen Replacement or repair services. Top Windscreens has created an essential guide to windscreen safety to help you stay safe on the road even in event of windscreen troubles.
The Importance of a Windscreen
Windscreens are built and designed to be durable and to take a lot of abuse. There are several layers on windscreens which means even if there is surface damage, you will still be safe inside of the car. A damaged windscreen is still a serious road hazard because it can make seeing the road difficult. Not only is this dangerous for you as a driver, but it is a hazard for other cars on the road as well.
Any chips in the windscreen can reduce the strength and structural integrity of the windscreen. Anything that reduces the effectiveness of the glass also reduces your level of protection. If you are driving with a damaged windscreen and happen to get in an accident, your windscreen will not be able to protect you properly. A small impact may even cause it to shatter where the glass can cut or bruise you and your passengers.
What to do if Your Windscreen Shatters on the Road
The first thing you should do is slow down and immediately pull over to the side of the road. If your windscreen is damaged, you should never try to keep driving, pulling over to assess the damage is critical. Once you are stopped and in a safe spot, get out and assess the damage to your windscreen. If possible take pictures for car insurance claim purposes later down the line.
The next step is calling an emergency glass repair company or even your car insurance provider. Depending on the type and amount of damage, a mobile unit may be able to home out to your location. If the damage is just a small hole and it is not impeding the driver’s line of sight, it may be possible to drive to a car glass repair shop.
Repairing Your Damaged Windscreen
Small bits of damage such as chips that don’t reach the second layer or small cracks can often be repaired. Any hole that causes the windscreen to shatter will lead to a windscreen replacement. It is important that you repair your windscreen as soon as possible to keep your passengers safe and to ensure you are safe while out on the road. All car glass is regulated so it is important to choose a reliable car glass repair shop such as Top Windscreens to fix your windscreen. Not only will we use high-quality car glass, but it will also be installed using the proper methods. For more information, give us a call at 07707550375 today.