Windscreen Replacement in Hawker SA
Cracked or chipped windscreens can be a safety issue beyond
that of obscuring a drivers’ vision and should be repaired or replaced at the
earliest convenience. A windscreen, or windshield as it is also known, does
more than shield the drivers face from the wind. It also protects the occupants
inside the vehicle from all manner of debris, including rain and so on.
Furthermore, the windscreen of a vehicle plays an important role in the
structural integrity of the vehicle.
While a chipped or cracked windscreen may seem safe enough
to drive with, the truth is that you can never really rely on it to function as
it is designed to. Extreme heat or cold, the constant vibration of driving at
any speed or the jarring and jolting common in off-road navigation could all
contribute to a chip becoming a crack, a crack becoming larger or the
windscreen failing altogether.
In South Australia excessive chipping, cracking or even
scratching on a windshield are enough to consider a vehicle as not being roadworthy,
even if the drivers’ vision is relatively unimpaired.
Why replace a cracked Windscreen
Windshields are made of toughened glass to maintain their
strength and shape while under force from the air pressure directed against them
when a vehicle is in motion. In the event of a collision the windscreen is
designed to fracture rather than break or shatter, showering the occupants of
the vehicle with possibly lethal projectiles of glass.
Cracked windscreens cannot be relied on to behave in this
manner during a crash as the structural integrity of the windshield may have
been compromised. Even a badly chipped windshield cannot be expected to behave
in this manner as the glass may have tiny (but extensive) fracture lines that
are not immediately apparent to the naked eye but are sufficient to weaken the
Needless to say, the safety implications of a cracked or
broken windscreen are multiplied considerably if you undertake driving at higher
speeds, such as on highways or country roads, or when taking a 4WD off-road for
a bit of sport. One decent jolt could render the windshield effectively unusable
or even unsafe.
Chris’s Mechanical have the skills and experience to replace
your windshield. If you are unfortunate enough to suffer a cracked or broken
windshield in the Hawker or Flinders Ranges region, we can have you safely back
on the road in a matter of hours. If the damage to the windscreen is severe
enough to prevent driving, we also offer emergency vehicle recovery in the