Are windscreen chips dangerous?

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Here at Red Rose Windscreens, we are Preston’s leading windscreen repair specialists. And this is our guide to everything you should know about why repairing windscreen chips quickly, could help you to stay safe.

Why are windscreen chips dangerous?

Windscreen chips might not look as serious as windscreen cracks, but they certainly can be. In fact, a chipped windscreen can present a number of dangers and risks to your safety and that of others too. So what are the dangers of driving with a chipped windscreen? Well there are several including:

  • Impairing the driver’s vision – even if the windscreen chip is not directly in front of the driver’s view, a chip anywhere on the windscreen can risk creating a blind spot. This is because light will be refracted at a different angle through the chip, then it will through the rest of the windscreen, and this can obscure or impair the drivers vision, or cause an issue with glare. Either way this can be risky for other road users as well as yourself.
  • Preventing the effective airbag deployment- most types of vehicles rely on the strength of the glass windshields to deploy the airbags safely in the event of a car accident. If your vehicle has a windscreen chip, this chip can weaken the glass which will mean that the airbags may not deploy at all, risking the lives of your passengers as well as your own.
  • Driving distraction- Driving with a chipped windscreen can leave this vulnerable to cracking and splintering further across your windscreen, affecting a larger and larger area. From changes in temperature to simple road vibrations this can quickly turn into a crack or a split in your windscreen. This can be even more difficult to drive with, causing a distraction.

If your car develops a chip or crack, no matter how small, get it repaired immediately. Get in touch with the professionals today, here at Red Rose Windscreens.