September 01

Stop Believing These 5 Windscreen Myths


Most people who have driven their vehicle with a cracked windscreen know that it can be tricky, if not downright dangerous. Not only does that crack obstruct your view, but even if your vision isn’t compromised, don’t just forget about that crack.

Many people continue driving their vehicles with a crack in the windscreen because they tend to believe one of the five most common myths associated with windscreen repair. In this article, we’ll take a close look at those myths and why they are dangerous to believe.

Myth no. 1 – Windscreen Chips Don’t Need To Be Repaired

Changing temperatures make the glass expand and then contract, which leads to the chips becoming worse. Once you have a crack that’s spreading, the entire windscreen has to be replaced. Furthermore, these often small chips may directly affect the integrity of the windscreen, compromising your safety and that of everyone riding with you. Fortunately, most chips are easy to get repaired and comparatively cheaper than getting the windscreen replaced.

Myth no. 2 – Fix-It With Nail Polish

We don’t know where this myth started and who started it, but we’ve had many Australians tell us that they can use nail polish to repair it. Sure, everyone likes to save some money with a bit of DIY, but nail polish does not fix windscreens. If anything, you will end up trapping dirt in the chip, which makes it more challenging to repair, even for a professional. Also, nail polish does nothing to fix the integrity of your windscreen. That’s why we strongly advise against using this so-called quick fix as an excuse for driving around with a cracked windscreen.

Myth no. 3 – Chips Are All The Same

No! they are not all the same. Chips may appear on windscreens in a variety of sizes and shapes. Their depth and shape will vary depending on what led to them. However, it affects how they are repaired. Every crack spreads in its own way. That’s why you are better off hiring a professional to repair the cracks than assuming they are all the same.

Myth no. 4 – Damage Windscreens Have To Be Replaced

Now, this myth is perhaps propagated by companies who sell after-market windscreens. While you might have to replace a windscreen if the crack has weakened it structurally, it isn’t always the case. If you get a windscreen repaired in time, before it (the crack or chip) gets any worse, you’re saving yourself a few hundred dollars in replacement costs.

Myth no. 5 – The Safety Glass Can’t Break

So, windscreens are entirely made from safety glass, and they are laminated so that they don’t break into shards that could pierce the human body. That’s why when the windscreen breaks; it is often in small chunks, which minimises the extent of physical harm in the event of an accident. However, they do and will break if you don’t get that crack fixed in time.

If you’ve noticed a crack or chip in your windscreen, it is best not to make any assumptions and visit DC Auto Glass instead of a professional assessment. We will examine and fix your windscreen in no time.