Due to technological advancements cars are becoming increasingly complex and a lot of the new technology we enjoy in our cars, such as lane keeping assistance or automated emergency braking, is reliant on the windscreen.
The latest in-car safety systems are making it difficult to replace windscreens – the complex Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) fixed to the inside of windscreens have made it more technically challenging to replace cracked windscreen glass, due to the precise calibration and positioning they require.
Many people don’t realise that the cameras and sensors that control safety features for emergency automated braking and lane-keeping assist are located right behind the windscreen, usually attached directly to it. Incorrect re-installation of ADAS sensors could lead to them not working as intended, which is why it is important to get the windscreen replacement carried out by specialists to ensure safe and secure refitting.
It goes without saying that due to the costly technology involved, it’s important to identify and repair a chipped windscreen early to avoid the unnecessary cost of a windscreen replacement. Most car insurance policies offer free stone chip repairs but if yours doesn’t then we can carry out repairs from £40 (probably still less than the excess on any windscreen replacement cover).