Do windscreen scratches need to be repaired?

Here at Red Rose Windscreens, we are Preston’s leading windscreen repair experts. As a result, we have produced this guide to everything you should know about windscreen scratches.

What are the different types of windscreen scratches?

There are a number of different types of windscreen scratches, and these include:

  • Light scratches- these are very light surface scratches that are likely to be caused by debris and grit while driving. These are not considered “damage” and will not affect your MOT or driving ability.
  • Deep scratches or concentrated scratches- these are usually caused by a broken or faulty windscreen wiper that rubs against the glass of the windscreen and causes scratches to deepen over time.
  • Deliberate scratches- these are caused by malicious actions against your vehicle and can be slightly deeper than light scratches.

When do windscreen scratches need to be repaired?

Scratches on the windscreen will need to be repaired in a number of difference situations, including:

  • When the scratches block the vision of the driver and are over 10mm long- in this situation, the damage and disruption to the driving sight can be enough for your car to fail its MOT. The scratch must be within Zone A or Zone B and meet or exceed the size requirements for the car to fail an MOT.
  • If the scratches are causing issues with glare- while a windscreen scratch will only make your vehicle fail an MOT test in the circumstances outlined above, a lot of scratches on the surface of your windscreen in other areas can cause issues with glare. This is where the light refracts at odd angles through the windscreen which can make driving unsafe. This is another instance when you will need to consider repairing these scratches.

For more information, or for professional windscreen repairs you can trust, get in touch with Red Rose Windscreens today.