Windscreens

Windscreens Information

Car windscreens play a very important part in protecting the occupants from debris from the road such as insects, rocks and dust. The design of windscreens has little changed since they first were used on cars although the materials that form part of the windscreen have changed. The early windscreens were made of ordinary window glass, this was phased out as using this type of glass could lead to even more of a serious injury when involved in a crash due to the glass shattering in to sharp pieces.

Modern windscreens that are glued into place now not only add to the cars rigidity, but they also prevent injury to the passenger from glass fragments. In near enough all countries across the world require a windscreen that is fitted to a car to be able to stay in one piece even if it is broken; the only exception is if it is pierced by a strong force. Along with the roof, the modern windscreen is an essential safety component in protecting the passenger in the event of the car flipping over.

Chips and cracks are an everyday part of a windscreens life. Luckily enough they can be repaired don't have to be replaced every time a stone chips the windscreen. Small cracks and chips are repaired by injecting a special clear resin under pressure and then using a UV light to cure the resin in order to restore sufficient clarity and strength. Bear in mind though this method only works for small chips and cracks. A windscreen specialist will be able to offer advice on what can and cannot be repaired using this method.

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