My windscreen has just cracked! What now?

First off – stay calm. Most cars with a cracked screen will still be OK to drive, but you need to get it checked as soon as possible to avoid further damage and costs.

You might be interested to know that windscreens are constructed with two layers of glass sandwiched around a layer of automotive safety glass. The inner layer holds together the smashed outer layers in the event of an accident. It’s what stops windscreens imploding on drivers when there’s an accident, and it’s why you should be able to drive safely to a windscreen repair shop. Drop into Red Rose Windscreens and we’ll be happy to take a look and help you decide what to do next.

If possible we’ll try and repair the glass. Damage up to 40mm across can often be repaired, as long as it isn’t in an area called the “A” zone, which is a technical term for the the driver’s view area. In this part of the screen only damage up to 10mm can be safely repaired.

If you have to have the screen replaced, get it done by someone you can really trust. These days the correct replacement of your vehicle glass is more important than than ever, because your vehicle glass is part of the structure of your vehicle. It might sound alarmist, but cutting corners here could be catastrophic later on. Things like air bags rely on the correct adhesion of your vehicle glass to work properly.

Bear in mind that last year alone we carried out over 3,500 replacements and only three developed a problem – and even these were quickly resolved. No matter what time of day or night you run into trouble, our expert technicians are available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day to help.