Did you know the windscreen of your automobile is a safety device, like air bags and seat belts? It's true. Besides its obvious role of protecting occupants from wind, water and debris, the windscreen can help save your life, and the lives of your passengers, by ensuring you are not thrown from the vehicle in a collision. Windscreens also play a critical role in front passenger airbag deployment on many cars.
The windscreen and rear window also helps support the roof of the vehicle in the event of a rollover, or other serious accident, and increases the structural integrity of the vehicle during any collision.
Did you know that windscreen visibility plays such an important role in vehicle safety in NSW, that a chip or crack in the driver's critical vision area on the windscreen means your vehicle could fail a roadworthy test? This area can be found in the driver's line of sight, just above the steering wheel.
Some windscreen damage can be hard to spot – this is why it's important to regularly check your windscreen for any problems. Or, if you have your car serviced at NRMA car servicing, your windscreen will be inspected for any damage and a recommendation provided to you on completion of your service. NRMA Patrols can also conduct a thorough inspection of your windscreen if they need to attend your vehicle.
How to inspect your windscreen:
- Check the entire windscreen, inside and out, for chips, scratches and cracks. Minor chips and small cracks may be repairable - provided they are within the specified standards for windscreen repair.
- Check the windscreen wipers to make sure the rubber blades are soft and pliable. Hard, brittle or damaged blades can break and allow the metal wiper arm to scratch the glass.
- If ever in doubt seek assistance from NRMA AutoGlass.
There's nothing more frustrating than having a flying object, perhaps thrown up by the vehicle tyres in front of you, hit your windscreen. You may have the option of getting a repair instead of replacing the entire windscreen if the damage is small and not at a critical point on the glass.
Many insurance companies will waive the excess on such repairs. However, any significant cracks or damage will require windscreen replacement.
Typically if your windscreen damage is larger than a one dollar coin, your windscreen will need to be replaced. It is important to your safety and that of your passengers to have the glass replaced quickly and proficiently when there is extensive damage.
Remember, the windscreen does more than just keep out wind, water and bugs; it helps keep you and your passengers safe in a collision.
If you are seeking a qualified team to repair or replace your windscreen, NRMA AutoGlass is ready to help with fast and professional technicians, quality replacement glass and adhesives, and convenient mobile service at home or work. For additional information, or to schedule an appointment, call NRMA AutoGlass on 1300 727 514.
NRMA's goal is to keep you safe on the road.