Close to four in five motorists are unaware that driving with a chipped or cracked windscreen could see them hit with three penalty points and a fine of up to £2,500, a new survey has found.
Breakdown provider Green Flag spoke to 2,000 adults and found that 78 per cent didn’t know that a cracked windscreen carried such a penalty, despite 36 per cent reporting a chipped or cracked windscreen within the past two years.
Depending on the vehicle, repairing a chipped windscreen costs between £40 and £118, though replacing the entire section can cost up to £1,650 on certain cars. Close to one in ten drivers said that they waited for a chip to worsen before getting it repaired.
Chips and cracks can also lead to an MOT failure, with a car unlikely to pass if there’s a 10mm windscreen chip in the driver’s field of vision. Just one in five of the respondents was aware of this, too.