The Top 4 Dangers of Driving with a Cracked Windscreen
Your windscreen is an essential part of your car that does more than block incoming bugs and the wind from your face. Imagine that you are driving home on a brilliant sunny day with no road hazards in view. The next thing you know, a car speeds your way. There is no time to stop or adjust your driving direction as you hear the crispy crunch of metal on metal. Of course, you brace yourself in preparation for airbag deployment, only to realize that the moment never happens.
As you sit in a daze, your mind wanders back to when your windscreen first developed a crack. Instead of taking it in for repair you put it off as a minor issue. Could the crack have caused your airbags to malfunction? Best Windscreen wants you to understand just how important it is to maintain car glass and repair damage as soon as possible. Any damage to your windscreen, especially cracks, presents a safety risk for both you and your passengers. We have explained the top four dangers of driving with a damaged windscreen so you can take the proper measures to protect yourself.
Cracks, chips and other damage can limit the view of the road for the driver. Even if the crack isn’t directly over the driver’s line of sight, it is a distraction that can prove dangerous. A driver needs to have a direct view of all parts of the road while the car is in motion. Cracks can even spread due to vibrations, which can suddenly worsen vision impairment.
Faulty Airbag Deployment
A cracked windscreen affects your car’s ability to deploy its airbags because windscreens are meant to support the airbag. When an airbag deploys, it needs the car glass behind it to force it towards the passenger. If your windscreen is damaged, the airbag can cause the window to break, which causes the deployment to occur outside of the vehicle. When there is no barrier between you and the outer world, the risk of death or injury is much greater.
Lack of Roof Support
Your windscreen also works as a support bean in your car. It helps to keep your rood from crumpling inwards during an accident or a rollover. Windscreens that have cracks are less capable of supporting the weight of the roof during an accident or rollover regardless of speed. Lack of support can cause the roof to collapse into the seating area instead of holding its shape when rolled.
Ejection from the Car
Research has proven that survival rates for those who remain inside the car during an accident are considerably higher than those who do not. Your windscreen plays a significant role in your safety during an accident by preventing you from being ejected. If your windscreen is cracked, it no longer has the structural integrity it needs to protect you during a crash. Though not all cracked windscreens will result in ejection, there is no reason to take a chance with the life of you and your passengers.
How Best Windscreen Can Help
Best Windscreen cares about the safety of each of our London clients. All of our services are certified and offered at a price anyone can afford. We understand that accidents can happen, which is why we are infallibly here to help you repair the damage so that your vehicle is road safe. To find out more about our London windscreen replacement and repair services or to get a price quote, give us a call at 0800 2425 505 now.