Posted on: 29 December 2014
If you're like many others, when you first notice that crack in your car's windshield, you do nothing. It's easy to procrastinate on windshield repairs, but it's not necessarily wise. Read on to see why fixing a crack as soon as it occurs can not only keep you safe-- it can save you money:
A crack in your windshield means less safety during a crash
Cars are complicated machines. Companies design each element to withstand so much impact, and crash tests are performed under the assumption that the car is fully intact. A cracked windshield reduces your car's ability to protect you during an accident. In fact, windshields are responsible for about 30 percent of your vehicle's structural strength.
Your windshield could actually shatter while you're driving
Once your windshield is cracked, any vibration can cause the crack to spread further. Depending on how deep the crack goes-- something that isn't always readily apparent just by a quick glance-- you could risk your windshield shattering. It could happen as a result of the car door being closed forcefully, or a bump on the freeway. Either way, it's easily avoidable by fixing the problem before it grows.
Cracks create blind spots
If your windshield's crack is especially large, or even just in a bad location, you may find yourself unable to see parts of the road. Cracks create a visual obstruction, which, in some states, could land you a ticket.
Repairing small cracks can save money
If you catch a crack in the early stages, you may be able to simply repair the windshield instead of replacing it-- saving you money. Generally, a windshield is repairable if the crack is less than three inches long, or a chip is smaller than one inch across. Once the crack spreads beyond that, total replacement of the windshield is usually necessary.
It's worth noting, though, that repair can still sometimes cause mild discoloration. Therefore, if the crack is directly in the driver's line of sight, a technician may still recommend replacement.
Your insurance may cover some or all of the repair
Some insurance companies will cover the entire cost of windshield repair or replacement. Others will cover a portion. In some instances, they may even allow you to file the claim and schedule your repair online. If money is your primary reason for not fixing the crack, check to see how your insurance company can help.
A cracked windshield may not seem like an urgent problem, but it can create some serious issues. Dealing with it immediately will help keep you, and your passengers, safe.Share