Sustaining a cracked windscreen can happen to any driver. However, if it does not significantly impair visibility many drivers will delay replacing or repairing them.
Driving with a cracked windscreen could place you and your passengers in danger, because a windscreen provides vital structure to a vehicle. A cracked windscreen could cause a road traffic accident.
Continuing to drive a vehicle which has a cracked windscreen can also be an offence of the Road Traffic Act, and drivers can be handed a penalty of three points on their licence if caught driving a car in a dangerous condition.
Small chips can quickly grow into a cracked windscreen
Even if it’s just a small chip in your windscreen, you should still have it fixed as soon as possible. Chips can turn into large cracks and, if this occurs during your journey, can significantly affect your safety.
From the moment that you spot a chip on your windscreen, no matter how small, you should contact a windscreen chip repair company and get it fixed. The majority of the time, windscreen cracks can be repaired quickly without the entire windscreen needing to be replaced.
But if a chip is left for too long, the chances of a driver suffering a cracked windscreen whilst their vehicle is in motion is exacerbated. Another incentive to get it fixed is that it will be considerably cheaper and quicker to repair a windscreen rather than replace it.
What to do if you’ve had a an accident
If you’ve been injured on the roads due to a cracked windscreen it’s important to notify the police and seek medical assistance for your injuries.
If the crash was caused by another driver and you want to claim compensation for your injuries, it is wise to ask other witnesses for their contact details and to take photographs of the vehicles, the scene of the car crash and your injuries.
If you’d like more information about making a compensation claim, or you’d like to see if you have a valid personal injury claim, visit our website and take our 30-second eligibility test.
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Date Published: October 5, 2016
Author: Accident Advice