Importance of windscreen wipers

Have you ever driven in bad weather and find that your wiper is not able to withstand the weather? Poor visibility is usually the result and you find yourself having to stop on the side of the road or take the next exit. It is dangerous to drive in bad weather without a pair of good windscreen wipers. Rain, thunderstorm,sleet, and hail contribute to bad weather and harsh driving conditions. It is hazardous and not very wise to drive in these types of weather.

Should you repair or replace your windscreen

Do I have to replace my windscreen or can it be repaired?

Windscreen repair or replacement depends on the size, location and severity of the damage. The majority of windscreen repair shops can repair quarter-sized rock chips and cracks up to three inches long. Anything bigger and most places will recommend replacement.

However, some facilities use a special technique that allows them to repair cracks up to 12 inches long. So it pays to check around before committing to a new windscreen.

Location of the damage also plays an important role in determining your windscreens fate. Cracks at the edge of the windscreen tend to spread very quickly and can compromise the structural integrity of the glass. If they're caught in time, they can be repaired. But in most cases, it's usually advisable to replace the windscreen.

Also be aware that some facilities may not repair a chip that appears directly in the driver's line of vision. Because the repair process leaves minor distortions in the glass, some shops prefer to replace the windshield rather than compromise the driver's vision.

Regardless of the size and location of a chip or crack, it's always advisable to have it repaired quickly. If you wait some time to repair it, dirt can work its way into the damaged area, affecting the effectiveness and clarity of the repair.

Finally, bear in mind that if your windscreen took a big enough hit, it may simply be beyond saving. Major impacts (BIG objects) or accident damage go beyond what any repair facility can fix. In these severe cases, replacement is a must.