You may deem those cracks and chips on your car’s windshield as minor cosmetic annoyances that don’t require your immediate attention. Life goes on and you put off repair until things become more convenient for you. Although nobody wakes up anticipating a car accident, knowing how they can amplify the damage you may sustain in a crash might encourage you to bring your car to the nearest Kelowna windshield repair shop as soon as you can.
Preventing ejection. Keeping the passengers inside is the most obvious role of the windshield. It serves as the final protection that ensures that the passengers are not flung outside of the car during a collision. A minor crack or chip, however, can cause the windshield to shatter upon impact. This scenario is particularly evident in situations where the seatbelts are broken, faulty, or have gotten detached during the accident.
Roof support. According to an article from Angieslist.com, windshields play a significant role in supporting the car’s roof. As a vertical support, it helps keep the car from caving in during a roll-over accident. A crack or chip weakens the windshield which, in turn, deprives the roof of its needed support.
Airbag crash signal. Windshields control about 20% of the signal that cause airbags to deploy during collision. They also absorb the airbag’s force during inflation, as the latter compresses against it to support the passengers. A broken windshield hinders the airbag from functioning effectively.
Minimizing collision impact. In most quality modern cars, windshields are specially engineered to protect the passengers by diverting the impact of a front-end collision to the chassis, and away from the car’s interior. Cracks affect the structural integrity of the windshield and, as a result, the impact moves horizontally through the car, causing more damage to the passengers.
Once a crack or chip appears on the windshield, there’s no stopping it from growing. An edge crack for instance, typically located on the 2-3 inches of the windshield’s edge (which is also the crack zone) can go for as long as 8-10 inches. Subsequent impacts, as well as heat and snow, can cause cracks to grow larger.
Given the dangers of a damaged windshield, it is important to have those cracks repaired by qualified technicians to ensure that no corner cutting will happen. Companies that repair auto glass in Kelowna, such as Enterprise Glass Ltd, have government-certified technicians who use quality primers and adhesives to ensure proper installation of windshield repair/replacements. Have your windshield fixed now. Remember: it may be your last line of defense between danger and safety.
(Source: Why replacing a damaged windshield is important, Angieslist.com)