We are now fully entering the winter months, the very worst time of year for vehicles of all sizes. And that includes everything from their engines to their windscreens, where chips and other related damage can be exacerbated by the falling temperatures.
If drivers have been living with chips and dents in their windscreens all year, then this may well be the time they decide to do something about it. It’s therefore crucial that everyone understands why this is a particular issue at this time of year, as well as what might be done to rectify the situation.
Repairing a windscreen chip
Of course a chip in the windscreen should always be dealt with as soon as possible, but this is even more important in the winter months. Winter can affect screens in a number of ways. Snow itself can exert weight – especially if it comes in a massive dump – and that weight can turn a chip into a fully-fledged crack. Freezing temperatures will also cause the windscreen itself to freeze, and therefore contract. In this state it can also be more fragile, with frost getting into the chip and causing it to expand, and then contract as the temperature warms, further weakening that spot on the windscreen. If you imagine a chip to be star-shaped, you can imagine how the cracks will spread out, from each of these points.
To avoid existing chips causing more problems, drivers can park their car in the sun in the day and try to avoid potholes (which can jolt a chip into a crack). In terms of the morning routine, use a de-icer rather than an ice scraper, and never use hot or boiling water as that will certainly exert pressure on the chip. Naturally, if you can keep the car as warm that really helps as well, whether you can use a windscreen cover or, ideally, garage the car overnight.
But at some stage, inevitably, that chip is going to need to be fixed. If a chip is repaired with the Esprit kit and resin in line with BSI 242a, the screen will be restored to the strength of a new screen, and with almost 90% clarity. Chip repair is an affordable and environmentally friendly way to return the screen to an excellent standard, and avoids a costly and time consuming replacement for the customer.