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Top tip for fixing crack on car windscreen with everyday household object

DRIVERS with a cracked windscreen might find they’re able to repair the damage with everyday items around the home. But motorists should always be wary of trying any DIY fixes on their car – or risk making the problem worse. Ignoring a crack in your windscreen could get you a hefty fine if you don’t […] ...

DRIVERS with a cracked windscreen might find they’re able to repair the damage with everyday items around the home.

But motorists should always be wary of trying any DIY fixes on their car – or risk making the problem worse.

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Ignoring a crack in your windscreen could get you a hefty fine if you don’t get it sorted.

Any crack that obscures your vision risks earning you a penalty.

A small crack in your windscreen could get you a £50 fixed penalty notice if you’re pulled over.

And if you let the chip get wider than 40mm – or 10mm if it’s in the driver’s eye line – you could get a maximum fine of £2,500 and even three points on your licence.

Plus, if you leave it for too long there’s a chance the crack will get worse and could even cause the whole windscreen to shatter – especially in colder weather.

But one site is recommending using household items to nip the problem in the bud, without having to pay out for a pricey repair job.

The site says that depending on where the crack is on your windscreen and how bad it is, you might be able to fix it yourself.

A small bullseye crack which is not in the driver’s line of vision, for example, could be repaired.

Superglue can be used, it says, and you’ll also need scissors, cotton buds, paper towels and isopropyl for the job.

It recommends soaking a paper towel with the alcohol and gently rubbing around the crack to remove impurities, then dipping the cotton bud in superglue and applying the damaged area because using more paper towel to wipe off any excess.

Another item that could help instead of glue is clear nail varnish.

Of course, when it comes to your car, it’s usually best to leave things to the professions.

Many car insurance policies will include windscreen cover – and if it’s a small repair job, it might not cost you a penny.

We’ve also looked at how a £10 windscreen repair kit could save you hundreds.

De-icing your car on a cold, wintery morning is a common time that people crack their windscreen – especially if you make any of these eight dangerous mistakes.

And you could even get a £40 fine for defrosting your car windscreen wrong.

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