Car windscreens can be damaged by a wide range of things. This blog post discusses different scenarios which could result in damage to your car's windscreen when you are out on the road. Read on to find out more!
Stones and gravel
Most of the damage that occurs to windscreens is caused by debris flying up from under the wheels of a car driving in front of you. Although it is small, gravel can cause significant damage. Gravel carries a fair amount of kinetic energy as it is thrown up and, therefore, can cause scratches and chips as it hits the surface of the glass.
In stormy weather, tree branches can break away and fall onto cars passing below. This is dangerous as it can lead to an accident but it can also cause damage to your vehicle. The branches can break the glass and, in many cases, actually bend the frame of your vehicle.
Animals can also cause serious damage to windscreens. If you hit an animal with your car, it could result in a cracked or smashed windshield. The animal will likely be pretty badly injured, but if it's a large enough animal, the damage to your windscreen may be significant enough to render the car unsafe to drive. In this case, you may have to contact a mobile windscreen repair service to get work carried out at the side of the road.
Hailstones can cause significant damage to your windscreen. This is due to the fact that they fall from the sky at high speed and can punch through the glass. This could create a hole that could allow water to get into the car, causing very expensive damage to other parts. If multiple hailstones hit your car, it could cause the glass to fail completely.
Faulty windscreen heating
Faulty car equipment can cause damage to your windscreen. If you have a faulty windshield heater, then the glass may become weakened or damaged. This is because the heating system is designed to get the glass up to a high temperature in order to prevent it from fogging. However, if the glass gets too hot, it could expand and shatter.
If any of these issues have caused your windscreen to crack or shatter, you should get in touch with your local windscreen replacement shop. A contractor will be happy to carry out the repair work so you can get back on the road.