You may think that a cracked or chipped windshield is a manageable problem that can take a low place in your list of priorities. Actually, damage to the windshield of your car can have serious consequences and should be addressed as soon as possible.
It’s Visual Impairment
A windshield crack can obstruct your view, impairing your ability to scan the road. Even though you may think that the damage is minimal, a chip can expand suddenly. This means that even small chips on the passenger side can unexpectedly turn into cracks that obscure your vision of the road.
A Cracked Windshield Can Cause Structural Damage
As a response to skyrocketing fuel prices during the 1980’s, automakers reduced vehicle weight and increased aerodynamics. As a result of that process, the windshield is an important part of the structural design of some cars. Therefore, damage to that area has the potential to compromise structural integrity, causing serious damage.
A Cracked Windshield Is a Safety Hazard
A cracked windshield is a safety hazard in a crash. Airbags deploy with a lot of force, and they may break an already cracked windshield, sending shards flying through the air.
In short, plain common sense is a good reason not to ignore a cracked windshield. If you don’t take timely action, what begins as a small crack can turn into a problem that requires complete replacement or causes damage to your car, or even to yourself and those traveling with you.
What to Do?
If you notice a crack or chip on your windshield, the best is to have it professionally repaired. As long as the damage is present, remember to do the following:
- Park in areas protected from the elements (sun, water snow).
- Don’t slam your doors, since vibrations may expand the crack.
- Avoid dirt and debris.
- Avoid extreme temperatures.
At Inland Empire Autobody & Paint Inc. we have the expertise and the drive to always deliver great results in windshield repairs. We take pride in our day-to-day workmanship and we work closely with our clients to satisfy their every concern.
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