What To Do About A Cracked Windshield

What To Do About A Cracked Windshield

A cracked windshield is, sadly, a common scenario that many have to deal with. Cracks can appear at any time, perhaps following a stone chip flicking onto the windshield, after a change in ambient temperature, or for no noticeable reason at all.

But what should you do about it? The following discusses your options.

How Serious is a Cracked Windshield?

  • Illegal or not?
  • From chip to crack: windshield damage is never benign

Illegal or not?

Cracks and chips in the windscreen can render a vehicle illegal to drive. This is the case if the crack is over a certain size or if it obscures your line of vision. Even small cracks can be hazardous when light hits them, causing a dazzle that prevents you from adequately viewing the road ahead.

One thing to be aware of is that a chip or crack will never go away. The damage will increase—perhaps imperceptibly at first—but over time the crack will lengthen until one day, boom! The crack might extend across the whole glass or the windscreen will shatter.

From chip to crack: windshield damage is never benign

One thing is for sure: you should never ignore a chip or crack in the windshield. Smaller chips should be repaired at the earliest opportunity and larger cracks are likely to warrant a complete windshield replacement. It’s also usually far cheaper to repair the damage early, rather than having a new unit fitted.

Your Options for Repairing a Chipped or Cracked Windshield

  • Repair or replace?

Repair or replace?

Windshield chip repairs are on offer from many sources. A professional service will assess and then, if appropriate,  inject an epoxy or acrylic adhesive into the damaged area. This seals it, preventing dirt and moisture from entering and causing the chip or crack to increase. It also makes the windshield appear complete once again.

In some cases, it’s possible for small cracks to also be repaired in the same manner. However, this will depend on the size (length and width) and the location of the damage on the windshield. A professional windscreen repair service will advise whether or not the crack or chip can be repaired.

If such maintenance is deemed inappropriate, the only option is to have the windshield replaced. Cars can fail safety checks due to windshield damage. Plus, if you have an accident, then you’ll likely be charged with a more serious driving offense if you were operating a vehicle with a defect that impairs your vision.

While it’s nigh on impossible to prevent stone chips and the like from hitting your car windshield, there are a few steps you can take to reduce the risk of it happening.

  • Drive slowly on roads with poor surfaces or those that are under repair. This will help prevent stones from flicking up and striking the windshield.
  • Keep an adequate distance from the car in front. Again, this means if a stone or debris is propelled from the vehicle ahead of you, the risk of it hitting your windshield is reduced.
  • Keep your wipers in good, clean condition and change the blades once per year.
  • In cold weather, avoid pouring hot or boiling water on the glass to remove any ice that’s formed. This sudden temperature change can cause the glass to expand and contract, making cracks more likely to occur.

Chipped or Cracked Windshield? Contact Autobahn of Boca Today

There’s no getting away from it. Leaving a chip or crack in your windshield is storing up a whole heap of heartache for a later date. At Autobahn we will quickly assess the level of damage and let you know whether it warrants or repair or replacement.

Our experienced technicians will have you safely up and running in the fastest time possible, no matter which scenario is deemed the most appropriate. Don’t leave your driving safety to chance. If you’ve got a chip or crack in your windshield, contact us today for the speediest solution. 

Visit https://www.autobahnofboca.com now to find out more.

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