Tuesday 12 August, 2014
Animals are the reason behind 17,820* cases of windscreen damage in the UK every year, according to nationwide vehicle glass repair company, Auto Windscreens.
Birds, which fly into cars, are the main culprits, but other wildlife and pets are also responsible for chipped or cracked glass. Deer, goats, monkeys, cows and dogs have all been cited by customers of the automotive glazing business.
Auto Windscreens' Customer Service Adviser, Kathryn Maloney, had one particularly unusual call about some rather ‘frisky' seagulls. She explained: "One of the strangest calls I have had was from a man whose back windscreen had been shattered by seagulls pecking at it. They had seen their own reflections and were clearly trying to mate with themselves!"
While animal damage contributes to a small share of the glass repair market, Chris Thornton, Managing Director of Auto Windscreens, said: "The majority of reports we receive about broken vehicle glass relate to stone chips, but every so often we get a customer who says a freak animal-related incident is the cause. It's amazing how they manage to create such damage and end up in these ‘hairy' situations."
To encourage customers to talk more about their strange reasons for damage, Auto Windscreens ran a ‘weird windscreens' competition on Facebook last month. One lorry driver said: "I was driving my truck down the M1 one night and an owl flew into my windscreen. It left its outline on the screen and a big chip where its beak had hit!"
That will not have been a ‘hoot' for the owl!
*17,820 based on there being £2.7million windscreen repairs and replacements per year.