WINDSCREEN REPAIRS

WHAT IS A WINDSCREEN MADE OF?
Modern windscreens are made of laminated glass – a sandwich construction of two pieces of glass with a strong, plastic interlayer.

The outer layer of glass may crack on impact, but unless there is a severe accident the glass will remain intact adhering to the interlayer.

New windscreens are manufactured to meet stringent international safety standards which cover such aspects as optical quality, strength, fracture performance and resistance to the effects of weathering.


HOW IMPORTANT IS THE CONDITION OF THE WINDSCREEN?

For safety reasons it is important to ensure that the windscreen is maintained in good condition. Cracks and other damage can weaken the strength of the windscreen and affect vision through the glass.

Major damage may require the windscreen to be replaced, while minor damage can be repaired.


REPAIR OR REPLACE?
The British Standard Code of Practice BS AU 242A 1998
sets out guidelines for when windscreens may or may not be repaired.

Zone A
Area 290mm wide, centred on steering wheel, bounded by wiped area above and below. Damage contained within a circle of 10mm may be repaired.

Zone B
Driver wiped area, excluding Zone A. Damage contained within a circle of 15mm diameter may be repaired.

Zone C
Passenger wiped area, excluding Zone B. Damage contained within a circle of 25mm may be repaired.

Zone D
Area excluding Zones A, B and C. Damage contained within a circle of 40mm diameter may be repaired. Within Zones B, C and D no two repairable areas should be closer to each other than 100mm.


SCRATCHES

Scratches on the Windscreen, i.e. light surface scratching, are not to be considered as damage. However, an area of concentrated scratching such as caused by the prolonged use of a defective wiper blade which obscures vision may be considered a reason for rejection if it meets the fail criteria.

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