If you own a vehicle, you will probably require windscreen repairs at one time or another. From projectile pebbles, while driving on the road to heavy twigs falling onto your parked car, there is a myriad of risks that your windscreen is exposed to. However, when you acquire a chipped or cracked windscreen, some people may opt to wait until they are financially stable to pay for the repairs. Depending on how the extensive the damage is, you may even need a replacement. If you opt to wait a while before having the windscreen repairs done, here are some things that you should keep in mind.
Get in touch with your insurance provider
Since windscreen repair is not a common occurrence, car owners rarely know if this is covered in their insurance policy or not. Get in touch with your car's insurance provider to find out if your policy can cover the damage. This will give you a chance to know whether any repairs will be paid out of pocket and enable you to determine if you are financially capable of opting for immediate repairs.
Protect your windshield from debris
The next thing to do as you await getting repairs is ensuring that your windscreen is protected from any additional debris. If dirt starts accumulating in the crack, then this makes it susceptible to expanding. It is not uncommon to find a small crack that has extended into a spiderweb simply because debris and dirt are gradually making it expand. Spiderweb cracks typically result in windscreen replacement, which will undoubtedly cost much more. The best thing to do would be to cover the area with some clear tape to avoid obstructing your view as your drive.
Steer clear from washing your vehicle
Just as dirt poses a risk of expanding the crack in your windscreen, so does exposure to water. If you are waiting to have your windscreen repairs done, steer clear from having your vehicle washed to prevent any water droplets from accumulating in the damaged area.
Avoid exposing your vehicle to extreme temperatures
Extreme temperatures can wreak havoc on your damaged windscreen. Exposure to extreme heat by parking in the sun will cause your windscreen to expand. Once the temperature cools, the glass will contract. Constant expansion and contraction can lead to the expansion of the crack thus extending the damage. The same principle applies to extremely cold weather. If your windscreen has a chip or a crack, ensure you are always parking it in a shelter to ensure it is not exposed to extreme temperature changes.