Here’s one more downside of a short UK heatwave; that little chip in your windsceen could become a much bigger one. Especially when your car whacks into yet another pothole or badly aligned grid in the road. Expensive. But there are ways to get those pesky chips sorted befoere they become an insurance claim, or an unexpected bill. Here’s the word;
With many parts of the UK enjoying hot, dry weather and with some areas officially experiencing heatwaves (according to the BBC), Auto Windscreens is warning sustained high temperatures could lead to an increase in windscreens cracking.
James Macbeth, Auto Windscreens’ Managing Director, explained: “It’s widely known that frosts and cold weather can cause chipped windscreens to crack, but it’s also the case that high temperatures can have the same effect. The cost of a full windscreen replacement claim is 83% higher to an insurer, compared to getting a chip repaired.”
The average daily UK temperature last week was 19.3C, compared to 12.8C two weeks prior, and the business has seen a 14.7% rise in the volume of windscreen repair and replacement bookings. During last year’s heatwave, windscreen replacements increased by 5% on average, while the proportion of repairs reduced by the same figure. The company is urging those with chipped windscreens to get them repaired before they become a bigger problem.
James added: “We appreciate times are tough for many at the moment, but when you consider an average repair excess is only £8.50 which is 10% of the cost of a replacement excess, it’s best not to wait. A repair is negligible in terms of carbon impact in comparison to fitting a new windscreen, too. It makes sense to get chips repaired quickly, not only for our customers and the insurance industry, but for the environment, too.”