The wettest year on record in the UK since 1766 with 51 inches of rain and changes in average temperatures ranging from -1.7 to 10.7 degrees centigrade has broken up road surfaces, with debris and de-icing grit being kicked up into the path of vehicles to devastating effect, according to the company. RAC Group managing director Graeme Potts said: 'Tarmac roads have broken up under the stress of rapidly changing surface conditions caused by floods, snow and frost. With more debris being washed on to our roads, and road maintenance programmes unable to keep pace with the damage, it is easy to see why there is an upsurge in windscreen damage.'
However, RAC Auto Windscreens says not all drivers are getting their windscreens checked, claiming that 20% of cars are being driven with a damaged windscreen - one in 15 - to the point of MoT failure. RAC Auto Windscreens managing director Mark Usher said: 'Drivers are at risk of causing an accident through putting off replacing their windscreens. We would encourage drivers to check their screens at least once a month.'