Cracks, Chips, And Windshield Glass: The Safety Fundamentals

Cracks, Chips, And Windshield Glass: The Safety Fundamentals

3 Important Reasons To Get Your Windshield Fixed ASAP

by Clifton Martinez

Have you recently discovered that your vehicle's windshield has a chip or a crack in it? Are you thinking about putting off getting this fixed for some reason? When it comes to getting your windshield fixed, there are a number of excuses that you might have for why it should be done at some point in the future. But there are at least as many reasons why you should be getting your windshield fixed as soon as possible. As much as you might want to put things off indefinitely, some of the best reasons why you should get it taken care of as soon as possible include:

Save time: Time is often a huge factor when it comes to whether or not you get your vehicle repaired now or later. You tell yourself that you just don't have the time to get the repairs done and you continue to put it off. But if you get the damage taken care of now, you may be eligible for glass repair instead of replacement. With glass replacement, your entire windshield must be removed and replaced with another brand new windshield. With repair, a qualified professional will use a special epoxy with the same optical properties as glass to fill in the damage. This can often be completed in just a few minutes, such as over a lunch break, saving you time in the long run.

Save money: As you might expect, the cost of glass repair is a fraction of the cost of a full windshield replacement. But in addition to that, there is also the matter of potential tickets. In many municipalities, it's illegal to drive around with a damaged windshield. While you might not get pulled over specifically for this, if you do happen to get a parking ticket or a speeding ticket then the police officer will likely add on the potentially expensive ticket for having a damaged windshield. You can avoid this possibility entirely by getting your windshield repaired as soon as possible.

Drive safer: Cracks and chips in the glass can cause sunlight to reflect in unexpected and potentially harmful ways. Depending on where the crack or chip is in your windshield, the glare coming off the damaged spot may prevent you from seeing a pedestrian or even another vehicle until it is too late. This is part of why it is so often illegal to drive with a damaged windshield. If you should get into an accident and the insurance company finds out that it was due to a windshield that you hadn't gotten fixed, you could also be found liable and made to pay for the damage that resulted from not getting the necessary glass repair in a timely manner.


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Cracks, Chips, And Windshield Glass: The Safety Fundamentals

Although most car owners understand that a cracked or chipped windshield can be a hazardous thing, few understand exactly how serious the damage can be. From structural weakness to improper repairs, it's in your best interest to understand exactly how these cracks affect your car and what you should do about them. This site will help you understand just that. I've spent most of my life in the garage, and I've seen first-hand how a crack or chip in the windshield can affect the car and the integrity of the glass. I hope the information here helps you understand why it's so important to address it right away.