Having a small crack or chip your windshield is annoying, right? But if it doesn’t obscure your vision then it’s harmless, right? Wrong.
A cracked windshield can lead to a host of problems. At Steve Landers Collision & Glass, we recommend bringing your windshield in to be replaced or repaired as soon as there is a problem. A minor chip or crack can easily turn into a major problem. Here’s why:
- The crack can grow. While a crack in the windshield usually starts out small, it can grow very quickly. Any kind of impact on the windshield, such as a rock, can cause the crack to expand greatly as the windshield has already been weakened. The crack can also grow because of weather conditions. Heat or cold can cause the windshield to expand or retract, thus causing the crack to grow. Therefore, it is better to get the crack fixed while it is still a minor problem and before it grows into such a problem that you can’t see to drive to the collision center.
- The windshield provides structural integrity to the car. If you are in an accident, you and your car could be much more damaged because your windshield is weakened. In a roll-over accident, your roof would cave in much easier without the support of a full-strength windshield. The windshield also works to transfer the impact of a collision away from the interior of the car. Without an intact windshield, a front-end collision would be felt much more by the passengers and there is a higher likelihood of injury.
- The windshield acts as a backstop for airbags. With a weakened windshield, airbags will not deploy with as much force or possibly not at all. Driving with a chipped or cracked windshield could have traumatic consequences if you are in an accident.
As you can see, it is very risky to drive with a damaged windshield. While a cracked or chipped windshield just seems like a nuisance, it can grow into a major problem given the right circumstances.
If your windshield is cracked, Steve Landers Collision & Glass is the perfect place to get it repaired. We have highly-trained technicians and even offer a lifetime warranty on our workmanship. We will even come to you for an auto glass repair! Call us today to set up an appointment.