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, either taking their cars into a garage, or even seeking ways that they may fix the damage on their own. 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. In this article we will firstly identity the problem, and then suggest some ideas around solving that problem.
Repairing a windscreen chip
Of course a chip in the windscreen should always be dealt with as soon as possible, but the situation is certainly exacerbated in the winter months. The impact of winter comes in many forms. Snow itself can exert weight – especially if it comes in a massive dump – and that weight can be the thing that turns 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 that dent 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.
Moving on ways to confront this particular issue with cold weather, we will firstly consider some things drivers might think about themselves, before moving on to the best solution. Such advice might include parking the car in the sunlight during the day, where it might enjoy some winter sun, and trying to avoid potholes, which tend to appear in the winter and can further jolt the weak spot of a chip into a full 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. And whether as an individual seeking a solution, or taking their vehicle to a garage for a repair, using one of our windscreen repair kits will stop that chip from spreading, or transforming into a full crack. The repair will re-laminate the windscreen glass with a special resin that will either do the job to a satisfactory standard, or perhaps at least keep the windscreen in a good shape until the weather warms up and the vehicle can be taken into a garage for a full repair.