As summer road trip season approaches, some B.C. drivers can have peace in mind that chipped windshields may be fixed at no cost.
In a release, ICBC says starting Monday, those who have purchased optional comprehensive coverage for personal vehicles can have any chips in the windshield fixed free of charge.
However, that’s only if they’re deemed safe by an ICBC Glass Express Facility.
The insurance provider initially announced the service in early February.
Speedy Glass Spokesman Roy Tarcea says anybody with a chip in their windshield should get it repaired as soon as they can.
“You’re gonna be seeing the damage continue to spread across the glass. It’s susceptible to heat and cold, and of course driving. The effects of driving will increase the damage to the point now where you’re looking at replacing the whole part.”
“If the cracks and the damage are about the size of a toonie, maybe a little bit larger than that… it’s within the parameters of repair. If it’s bigger than that, I think the option for repair would turn into a replacement.”
ICBC says the windshield repairs won’t affect customers claims history or their future deductible.
Transportation Minister Todd Stone has said this new program will benefit more than 2.5 million B.C. drivers and reduce ICBC costs by $8 million a year.