Dangers of Driving with a Windshield Chip
A windshield chip can be caused by airborne rocks, debris, or storms. The chipped glass can affect the safety of your driving. Listed below are a few of the related dangers and how windshield repair is important in terms of safety and price.
Driver Blind Spot
The windshield is one of the most important parts of your vehicle. It provides visibility for operation as well as offering protection from flying or falling objects. Anything that lands on your windshield can obstruct visibility. And windshield chips, unfortunately, are not one of those items that can be simply removed using the wiper blades. It is a permanent mark in the windshield glass. This means that, depending on the size and location of the chip, driver visibility may be affected.
A chip in your windshield, much like a crack, can be a distraction. Conscious or subconsciously, the chip can cause annoyance and the driver's eyes may be randomly diverted. This can have an effect on your driving.
A windshield chip can cause a weak spot in the glass. This may cause the windshield to be susceptible to future chips or cracks at or near the chipped area, forcing you to replace the windshield rather than repairing it. The weak integrity of the glass may cause cracks to form from vibrations or other collisions. Temperature changes play a large role in exacerbated windshield problems. As your windshield's glass and frame expands and contracts from temperature fluctuations, this puts stress on weak points like windshield chips. When the stress on the glass becomes great enough, cracks can develop at the chipped site. The windshield is then at a greater risk of shattering. Keeping an eye on windshield chips may help alert you to a growing problem. But repairing chips as they occur reduces the likelihood of future incidents.
Windshield Repair Importance
The above dangers make windshield repair an important consideration. It is also far less costly to repair a chipped piece of glass than replacing your entire windshield. Repairing your windshield keeps the original factory installation, which can reduce the possibility of water leaks. Since automotive windshields cannot be recycled, it also avoids environmental waste caused from throwing the old windshield out. And windshield replacement usually requires more time, which means your vehicle will be unavailable for longer. Your windshield can be professionally repaired or there are windshield-repair kits offered by companies like GlasWeld and JC Whitney.
Note that poor windshield-repair jobs can not only cause the original chip to remain, but also lead to future windshield damage. This is why you should select a windshield-repair company that uses trained professionals only. Also be cautious of any company that encourages you to replace an entire windshield if you only have a small chip. If your insurance company is involved, they will likely require the windshield be repaired, if possible. Replacing the windshield when it can be repaired is considered insurance fraud.