Allow me to let you in on a little secret. According to the Auto Glass Safety Council, your windshield contributes 45% of your vehicle’s structural integrity in a front-end collision. This percentage jumps up to 60% in the event of a vehicle rollover. I think it is safe to say that your vehicle’s windshield is significantly more important than you would have expected. There are two forms of windshield damage most people encounter, chips and cracks. If your vehicle has either, it is time for you to update your windshield, not only because a chip or crack can look poor, but because your safety could depend on it.
Your windshield has a crack. Crack’s on a windshield typically start small, but if left unattended, become a much larger and potentially more dangerous problem. Once a crack begins growing on your windshield, it can make it challenging to see while driving, which is a danger to yourself and every other person on the road. Cracks should always be immediately taken care of, in order to provide optimum vehicular safety, in addition to maximizing your car’s structural integrity.
Your windshield has a chip. A chip in your windshield is an extremely common happening, due to the fact they occur when debris such as rocks hit your windshield while driving. Everyone has experience some object flying off their windshield while driving on the highway, so that should shed light as to how common this event is. Chips, much like cracks, must be addressed immediately. Often times, a chip can be repaired as opposed to replaced, but it still does not negate the fact that action should be taken to correct the problem.
The third sign that it’s time to replace or repair your windshield is if cold weather is approaching. Cracks and chips should be taken care of immediately, but if the weather begins to cool over, it becomes even more integral. Often times, dirt and moisture can get inside chips/cracks on your windshield which will ultimately stain your windshield when cold weather comes due to your defrosters peppering your windshield with constant air. Having to get your windshield totally replaced in the dead of winter is just about the last thing any person would want to do, so make sure you are on top of it!
Being cautious and attentive when it comes to the integrity of your windshield is one of the most important things you can do in regards to your overall safety. If you have any concerns about your windshield it’s better to be safe than sorry. Contact New Angle Glass Co. if you have any questions about your windshield, and we’d love to assist you! Contact us at 1-800-642-7373 or check out our website at newangleglass.com! Whether it’s a damaged windshield, an updated shower door or anything in between, New Angle Glass is your one stop shop for everything glass!