Automotive

Let’s Talk Windscreen: Impact of a Cracked One, Care Needs of a New One, and Calibration of Both

The windscreen is a critical part of your vehicle. Not only does it protect you from wind, rain, snow, and flying debris, it also provides structural reinforcement to your car.

During a head-on collision, it provides up to 30% of structural integrity of a vehicle. During a rollover, it offers up to 60% of cabin reinforcement. It practically stops the cabin from caving in and crushing the passengers.

That’s why driving with cracked and chipped windscreens is asking for huge problems.

Issues with a Damaged Windshield

MOT failure

MOT tests are conducted annually to ensure that a vehicle’s windscreen remains roadworthy given the size of a crack. Some cracks are considered acceptable if they are not found on the critical part of the windscreen or the A-zone on the driver’s side.

If the damage exceeds the acceptable size, your vehicle will fail the MOT test. This increases the risk of accidents and the driver facing accusations of improper maintenance.

Reduced visibility

Say the size of the chip is acceptable. If you continue to drive without having it fixed, it will grow and hinder your view. This will reduce visibility and put you and your passengers at risk.

So don’t delay. The moment a crack or chip appears, visit a provider of windscreen repairs in Leicester.

Caring for a New Windscreen

Once you have new windscreens installed, take care of it as recommended.

  • Clean windows regularly to reduce dust and oil build-up on the glass. This is also an effective way to keep your windscreen and windows from misting up easily.
  • Use a dehumidifier. This will help keep moisture in the air to a minimum and make it easier to clean windows.
  • Demist your windscreen using a cloth or pad. No need for a cleaning solution. Just use water to remove the mist.
  • Use air conditioning to remove moisture from the air.
  • Open the windows when the weather is dry. This will let the moisture out and improve dryness within your vehicle.
  • Replace wiper blades when you see smears in only one direction. Especially in cold weather, smearing in one direction means the blades may have tears or have missing bits.
  • Treat windscreen with a cleaning agent. If you live in areas that are highly polluted, grime and dust in the air will stick to water beads that the wiper blades failed to remove. In this case, clean the screen first and then apply a cleaning agent.

Windscreen Calibration

Whether you have a new or newly repaired windshield, have an ADAS system fitted to it. This relies on cameras installed on the screens to provide a wide range of safety features. These include driver drowsiness detection, adaptive cruise control, intersection assistant, and pedestrian detection system.

The ADAS system must be calibrated to ensure correct operation. Misaligned cameras impact their functionality, resulting in dangerous driving or accidents.

Call Allscreens Nationwide

A trusted windscreen repair and replacement specialist in the Midlands, Allscreens Nationwide can help ensure you have nothing to worry about MOT test, the alignment of your screen’s ADAS system, and the quality of related services. Call them today.