Cracks in a windscreen – the rules?
A small child bounced of my windscreen whilst I was driving at the BBB. The truck is fine apart from the windscreen has cracked but not broken. Imagine a centre circle of cracking he size of the child’s head with a few longer cracks radiating out to the edges.
This is all on the passengers half of the screen so doesn’t obscure my vision. Does the screen need replacing or can I wait until it fully fails?Posted 4 years ago
It seems okay to drive as I got back from the BBB without it getting worse.
No bull bars on my truck.
Child was sat on the truck bonnet having a ride around the woods and slipped a bit under braking and broke the windscreen with a mixture of head and shoulders.
Due care and attention? Possibly should have noticed he was a bit larger than the other kids on the truck and made him sit on the flat bed rather than the bonnet but I thought it was better to have the bigger kids in the less secure positions. Just being responsible and all that.Posted 4 years agosweepyMember
I had a bloody great crack in my windscreen a while ago, phoned a replacement company to arrange to get it fixed and they told me not to worry, they never fall apart, just drive normally till replaced. It was across the bottom tho’ so only affected my view of the bonnet.Posted 4 years agowobbliscottMember
Makes me wonder why the rules are so strict on cracks and chips, but you can slap a dirty great sat nav anywhere on the screen.
As a point of crash safety, On modern cars the windscreen is a structural part of the car and responsible for absorbing part of the impact energy in a crash. Any cracks or chips can significantly reduce the screens ability to do this, so you should always replace or repair if repairable even if its positioned out of the MOT zones.Posted 4 years agobenjiSubscriber
If it’s allowable to remove for the mot, I suspect a failure can also be issued but will look tomorrow when I’m on the system.
If it’s a failure, it will definitely fall under the construction and usage regs, but the trouble is, there are that many about, and until it’s seen as being a major cause of collisions the BiB will not target it.Posted 4 years ago
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