Windscreens are built tough and can stand up to a lot of damage, but that doesn't mean that they are always immune to the small rocks, pieces of metal and chunks of debris that are found on many Australian roads.
A chip in your windscreen might seem insignificant when it first appears, but can actually make it seriously unsafe to drive your car.
That is why the best solution to a chipped windscreen is to be proactive and to have the problem looked at straight away, before it has a chance to become more severe.
If the chip is small enough, the windshield may be able to be repaired rather than replaced.
This is the best solution as it will be faster, far less expensive, and the repair job can often last many years. The sooner you take your car in for repair, the more likely it is that it be able to be fixed - so don't delay! If the chip cannot be repaired, then you will need to have the windshield replaced. This will cost a lot more, but it is vital that your car has a strong and reliable windscreen so that you stay safe on the roads.
Most insurance companies will cover the cost of repairing or replacing your windscreen, so long as this is included in your policy. However you can expect to pay a much higher excess if you are required to fit a new windscreen. Some insurance providers will opt to waive the excess entirely if the windscreen can be fixed rather than replaced, as a way to encourage drivers to take good care of their windscreens.
However this varies from provider to provider, so it's worth taking the time to check.
After you have repaired or replaced your windscreen, you will probably be eager to avoid going through this process again in the future!
Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to avoid chips and cracks while driving. You will want to be careful whenever you drive on gravel or other unpaved surfaces, as you never know what might pop up. It's also a good idea to maintain a safe distance between you and any cars, which you may be following.
Sometimes window chips can occur when you are not driving, as a result of vandalism or other vehicles kicking up debris. Therefore, you might want to park your car off the street and under cover when possible.
By following these simple tips, you can help keep your windscreen in tiptop condition for longer!