In the bleak midwinter, frosty winds make for chips, cracks and damage that requires a windscreen replacement, through a wide range of causes precipitated by the more
Few people want to drive when the temperatures are low, and a lot of cars do not like it either. The cold temperatures can make them difficult to start, cooler tyre temperatures make them less grippy, and hidden dangers such as black ice can occur on some roads.
The most clear reason for windscreen damage in those cases is an actual crash or collision, but there are many other reasons why the frosty temperatures can lead to damage to your car. Here are just a few of the most common cases that lead to windscreen damage.
Thanks to the freeze-thaw cycle and a cycle of rain, frost and slightly milder weather, the condition of the road tends to be worse than it would be ordinarily.
This leads to pebbles, gravel and aggregate lining the road, which can be picked up by the wheels of the cars in front of you and strike the windscreen, potentially causing an expensive crack or chip on the windscreen.
Leaving space between yourself and the car in front and reducing speed if a car is overtaking can help to mitigate this, although sometimes there’s not a lot you can do but ensure you have the number of a professional at the ready.
Alongside causing treacherous conditions and the potential for accidents, storms, winds and hailstones can cause hard objects to strike the windscreen, causing cracks and unforeseen damage.
There isn’t really a lot that can be done except to keep a car in the garage if possible and avoid going out in particularly rough storms near trees if you can help it.