Footy season brings risk to windscreens

20 May 2016


Footy fever is upon Victorians with the AFL competition as well as junior and senior leagues around the state being well under way.

Whether coaching an Auskick session or enjoying the traditional pastime of watching a weekend game from a car parked on the boundary line, football lovers are at risk of windscreen damage, RACV has warned.

New RACV Insurance data reveals that cracked windscreens made up 11% of all Car Comprehensive claims in 2015.

While the majority of windscreen claims (57 per cent) were caused by rocks on the road, falling trees and branches also featured along with damage caused by footballs, cricket balls and golf balls as well as assorted equipment such as basketball rings falling over in the wind.

RACV’s data shows that the cost of windscreen replacement has consistently risen over the past five years to an average of $389 in 2015. The number of windscreen insurance claims being lodged has also risen across the last three years with motorists lodging claims worth close to $4.5 million in 2015.

Senior glass fitter for RACV Auto Glass, Matt Hartland, said that his team has replaced many windscreens due to footballs and cricket balls hitting vehicles parked around the boundary lines of ovals.

“We have seen a gradual increase in the amount of windscreen repairs because of sporting activities. These include vehicles parked at sporting venues or even weekend activity in the family driveway” he said.

RACV General Manager Insurance Paul Northey advised motorists to park in a safe and secure location to reduce the risk of windscreen damage caused by vandals and thieves as well as wayward balls and objects. He also urged drivers to be mindful of the dangers while driving.

“On the road, drivers should be aware of the possibility of solid objects falling from open vehicles and of stones being thrown up. It is important to maintain a safe distance from trucks when driving,” he said.

Brimbank drivers made the most windscreen claims in 2015, followed by motorists in Casey and Greater Geelong.

RACV Insurance’s windscreen option is available with Comprehensive Motor Insurance and covers your vehicle’s windscreen, sunroof or window glass with no excess payable. The windscreen option is included in RACV’s top level of motor insurance cover, Complete Care. It is also available as an addition to the Comprehensive Motor Insurance premium for $85.91.

RACV Motor Insurance is issued by Insurance Manufacturers of Australia Pty Limited ABN 93 004 208 084 AFS Licence No. 227678. This is general advice only so before making any decisions, please consider your own circumstances and the Product Disclosure Statement before buying. For a copy call 13RACV (13 7228).


Top 20 Victorian local government areas for windscreen claims in 2015



1. Brimbank City Council


2. Casey City Council


3. City of Greater Geelong


4. Melbourne City Council


5. Campaspe Shire


6. Baw Baw Shire


7. Wellington Shire


8. Cardinia Shire


9. Mornington Peninsula Shire


10. Monash City Council


11. Yarra Ranges Shire


12. Greater Dandenong City Council


13. Hume City Council


14. Macedon Ranges Shire


15. City of Ballarat


16. Manningham City Council


17. City of Greater Shepparton


18. Knox City Council


19. Alpine Shire


20. Frankston City Council


Total claims in Victoria



Written by Liselotte Geary, RACV Public Affairs on 9790 2717
May 20, 2016