Your motor vehicle is one of your most valuable investments, and it is essential to maintain it regularly as well as ensuring the safety of yourself and other passengers you may have travelling in your vehicle. Servicing your car on a regular basis is common sense, but when it comes to the windscreen, it is quite remarkable how many people tend to neglect to take the care required.
The clarity and condition of your windscreen are vital to the safety of yourself and other road users. The things you can not see influence your ability to drive as the view from your windshield is what determines how you operate.
Statistics show that annual M.O.T tests performed on vehicles in the United Kingdom fail due to broken and damaged windscreens. Although such tests are not a necessity in Australia, it would be impressive to see how many vehicles, in fact, have chipped windshields. Especially those undertaking Australia-wide road trips on gravel roads / rough terrain.
Looking after your windscreen can be quite simple if you follow five simple steps:
- Firstly, if you notice any chips in your windshield, act quickly. If you have them repaired as soon as possible, it means the damage will not spread.
- Ideally, you should be cleaning your windscreen on a daily basis. Giving it a quick wipe over is generally all you need to keep it sparkling. Occasionally you may require a cleaning product specially formulated for glass when it comes to more stubborn stains or a quick wash with a scrubbing brush and plenty of water.
- Not only is the exterior of your windscreen important, but you also need to ensure you wipe over the interior at least once a week. It’s straightforward to leave the inside of a window cloudy with smears, fingerprints and grease build-up. It is essential for the clarity of your windscreen and also applies to all other windows in your car.
- Many people clean their front windscreen and tend to neglect the back, which is equally important when it comes to your driving experience. It is quite evident when the sun is shining and even more so at sunset when the light reflects at certain angles, making it exceptionally difficult to see clearly.
- For tinted glass, ensure you use a mild detergent and follow the guidelines recommended by the manufacturer to avoid any damage to the tinting. Your guarantee can become void if you have not followed the highlighted instructions, meaning it will cost you more to fix the problems that could occur.
- Slow down when driving past large delivery trucks and lorries to avoid any flying debris that may cause chips.
- When a road has been surfaced recently, try to drive a little slower to avoid any stones hitting your windscreen as this can be very damaging.
As with all mundane tasks, we can put this off, but once you are in the habit of taking care of/cleaning your windscreen correctly, you will begin to take pride in your vehicle. Although many companies offer cost-effective windscreen repairs and replacements, hopefully, you do not receive a hefty bill with your next service.
Following improper care of your windscreen, you may need to fix yours. Here is a Beginner’s guide to doing so:
Upon noticing a chip, it’s nearly always more comfortable to do a simple repair than it so repairs the whole windscreen. A quick search on the Internet can offer many results for windscreen repairs with utmost quality. The companies will often come to your home and inspect the damage then take the following steps:
- Clean the chip and area surrounding to remove any dirt from the impact site to make sure the chip completely clean.
- Insert resin into the damaged area using specialised tools.
- Treat the resin with a UV lamp
Chip repair usually takes approximately 30 minutes and is performed in dry weather for the best results. It is possible to repair a chip in rainy conditions with a canopy that extends from the repair van though – this will take slightly longer as the air is moist. After the repair is complete, you can drive straight away with confidence.
It isn’t always possible to notice a chip, which leads to the inevitable cracked windscreen, which can also be caused by a substantial impact. If this is the problem you find yourself with, ensure you take action and have it repaired as soon as possible as it can pose a high risk to yourself and any passengers you may have.
Never try to replace a cracked windscreen by yourself, leave it to a professional who will follow these four simple steps:
- Protect the bodywork of the vehicle and inspect it before removing the glass.
- Apply a bonding product to hold your new windscreen in place.
- Fit the replacement.
- Clean away any dirt.