6th September 2023
Damage to your windscreen is the most common type of damage to any vehicle. A small crack left untreated can not only result in dangerous driving, but can also determine whether your vehicle fails it’s MOT. Read our guide to find out how best to handle damaged windscreens.
There are many factors that can cause a damaged windscreen. These include:
Driving with a damaged windscreen may be considered a motoring offence. Depending on the size of the crack or chip, your vehicle could be in a dangerous condition. According to the highway code, drivers legally need to have a full view of the road ahead with no blockages that can obscure the driver's view. Failing to adhere to this can result in a fixed penalty of three points on your licence as well as a fine.
These penalties may increase to a more serious driving offence should an accident or collision happen due to a damaged windscreen.
Windscreen damage can result in a failed MOT if the chip is 40mm or longer anywhere on the glass. A smaller chip as little as 10mm can also result in a failed MOT if it is within a certain area of your windscreen such as in front of the steering wheel, where it is in line of the driver’s vision.
Some damages to your windscreen may be impossible to prevent, such as a stone hitting your vehicle and cricking or chipping your windscreen. However, there are some ways you can prevent windscreen damage such as:
How much a damaged windscreen costs will depend on the size of the chip or crack. Generally, a minor repair will be covered by your car insurance. A chip or crack that is left untreated can increase the size of the damage and may require replacing the entire windscreen, which can be costly depending on the make and model of your vehicle.