Road Safety and Your Windscreen

The windscreen is an often neglected component of the vehicle. The windscreen is much more important than a mere screen between you and other road users. The safety needs stretch far beyond the obvious requirement of visibility for the driver! In today’s vehicles, windscreens are an important component of the vehicle’s overall structural integrity – they are designed to add strength to the car (like a door pillar). When designed in compliance with the car manufacturer’s original specifications your windscreen will help prevent the roof from collapsing in a rollover accident.

Modern cars fitted with airbags use the windscreen as a support surface against which the passenger airbag inflates. The windscreen helps ensure that the airbag is properly positioned to protect the occupants when it deploys. A badly fitted windscreen may pop out when subjected to the airbag pressure, thus rendering both airbag and windscreen useless.

While windscreen repair is less expensive than replacement, if you wait too long, and the damage has time to spread, windscreen repair will no longer be an option. Remember that just because a windscreen is chipped doesn’t mean that it needs to be totally replaced. Thirty per cent of the time a windscreen can be easily and effectively repaired before the damage worsens. The important thing is that, once a motorist notices a chip or a crack, it must be repaired as soon as possible, to prevent further damage that might impair visibility. Read more about the laws and risks on

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