For roadworthiness, safety, and comfort while driving a car, the windscreen should be in perfect condition.
This is an important part not only in enhancing safety but also in maintaining the structural integrity of the vehicle.
For these reasons, repairing a cracked windshield is non-negotiable.
Will the Windscreen Shatter when it is Cracked?
They are made from laminated glass and that is the reason they do not shatter.
It is for the safety of the car occupants, and even when it is cracked, you do not have to worry about it breaking into small pieces. If it was to break into shards, this would be a huge risk.
Why you should not use Nail Polish and ‘Super Glue’
In some instances, car owners will try to find a quick fix for their damaged windscreens, hoping to resolve the issue.
Yes, there are short-term quick fixes, but they should not be used as long-term solutions.
Using clear nail polish or ‘super glue’ is a temporary solution, thus it should be avoided even if you plan ongetting it fixed properlyimmediately after.
Another reason why you should not use these methods to fix the windscreen is that a scar is left. It is clear the glass is damaged and was not fixed properly.
This is still a problem, especially if the scar is on the driver’s line of vision.
What Determines the Repair Cost?
Although it depends on the size of the crack, and from one technician to another, a crack that is less than the size of a coin should not cost more than 100 dollars.
It is not as expensive as replacing the glass, and this is the reason a crack should be repaired as soon as possible.
If there are safety technologies used on the glass that have been damaged, such as sensors and cameras, the repair costs will be higher.
When is the Repair Urgent?
A crack in the critical vision area of the windscreen causing it to interfere with the driver’s visibility must be repaired urgently.
It gets worse at night or when light strikes the glass. If the crack is positioned 65mm from the bottom of the glass to 90mm from the top, it is in the driver’s line of vision, and is most dangerous.
Under most traffic rules if not all, driving with a damaged windscreen (especially when the driver’s vision is impaired) is illegal and attracts penalties.
In addition to enhancing safety and comfort while driving, repairing the damage will prevent a costly replacement in case the crack spreads.