Dont shelve windscreen chips

The State’s peak motoring body has warned motorists with chipped windscreens not to put off getting them fixed, or risk having to pay more.

RACQ Autoglass technicians had repaired 32,985 windscreens so far this year in south east Queensland and had noticed many members had delayed repairs.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said leaving a chip for too long could result in having to pay for a full replacement rather than a simple chip repair.

“If you leave a chip in your windscreen and then hit a bump, it can crack. That means it needs to be replaced which can lead to significant out of pocket expenses,” Mr Spalding said.

“Minor chips often spread to cracks covering the entire windscreen in just a few kilometres and it doesn’t take long for one chip to cause a lot of trouble.

“A crack repair costs around $60, and that’s usually the best option if the crack is no larger than a two-dollar coin. This helps maintain original windscreen strength.”

Mr Spalding reminded motorists it was only safe to drive with a windscreen crack in some cases.

“If the windscreen crack isn’t in your Critical Vision Area – which spans approximately 150mm either side of your steering wheel – then it can be still safe to drive short distances,” he said.

“But only until it can be repaired by a qualified auto glass technician, as it’s best to get it dealt with sooner rather than later.”

Mr Spalding warned drivers against in-home repairs to windscreen such as covering chips with nail polish or sticky tape.

“This is a band-aid solution and what’s worse is you could be causing more damage to your windscreen,” he said.

“If you notice chips or scratches on your windscreen, give RACQ Auto Glass a call to have it inspected and advice on whether it needs to be repaired or replaced.”