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Why You Should Never Ignore a Chipped or Cracked Windshield

Cars certainly can experience a lot of wear and tear. Even if you do not typically drive on unpaved or poor roads, your car probably suffers some sort of minor damage pretty frequently. For example, how often have you been driving when you hear something bang against your windshield? For some people, particularly those who do a lot of traveling on highways, it may be a regular occurrence. Big trucks are notorious for sending small rocks and other debris hurtling in the direction of the vehicles driving behind or next to them. This does not even include trucks hauling materials that are always scary to drive behind, because it looks as though something could fall off at any moment. Those constant attacks on windshields, in many instances, result in chips or cracks.

If you have discovered a crack or chip in your windshield, you should have it taken care of right away. The worst thing you can do is ignore it because it could end up being a big problem later on.

Safety Issue

Most windshields are composed of two pieces of glass glued to a vinyl resin. During a collision, the resin helps the glass stay in place and prevents flying shards. However, when the vinyl resin has been chipped or cracked, the windshield is not able to sustain an impact and will not protect the occupants of a vehicle. One flying rock in just the right (or wrong) place could shatter the entire windshield. In addition, if your windshield has a large crack, it could impede your vision or reflect sunlight, making it harder to see the road and increasing the chance of an accident.

Extreme Weather

If you live somewhere that gets very hot or very cold, your cracked or chipped windshield will be much more vulnerable to suffering further damage. This is why you should have an auto glass repair shop look at it immediately.

Poor Roads

Do you live in an area with roads full of potholes? If so, you are putting your windshield in danger of getting worse. The vibrations from bumpy roads could cause cracks to get longer and deeper, making a simple repair much more costly.

Repairs and Replacement

Small cracks and chips can usually be repaired, and the process is relatively short. But if they are ignored and increase in size, you will probably need your windshield to be replaced. Because the windshield is an important part of your car, you need to find an auto glass repair shop in Charlotte to give you a proper replacement.

If you have noticed a chip or crack in your windshield, come see us at Jerry Rhyne’s Collision. Our technicians have a lot of experience repairing and replacing windshields, and your car could not be in better hands. You should never put yourself or anyone driving with you in danger, and the best way you can avoid that is by having your windshield taken care of by trained and experienced professionals.