Having a chip or crack on your windshield is a hassle. While it can be something negligible, especially if it’s just small in size, it could also be very disruptive and risky, particularly if the cracks have ‘crawled’ wide across the rest of the windshield.
Most car owners, however, are not all that inclined to immediately take their car for windshield repair, if it’s just a minor case. They usually do not act upon it until such time that the crack on the windshield is already affecting its aesthetics or, more importantly, their driving.
What Causes Cracks on the Windshield?
The modern windshield is actually made of laminated safety glass. This kind of windshield features two curved sheets of glass, which are inserted with a plastic layer in between to prevent friction.
As strong as this particular kind of glass is, however, it can still crack or break with blunt force. A head-on car collision, for example, will most certainly cause serious damage, if not totally obliterate the windshield. Lesser degrees of damage, meanwhile, can be caused by road debris such as rocks or stones pelted against the windshield from the ground as the car drives by. It could even be caused by sudden freezing and thawing.
In some cases, the damage could also be brought about by unfortunate circumstances, such as a tree branch falling on it, while it is parked. Damage can also be intentionally caused through blunt force or by scratching it with a sharp object. Whatever the cause may be, what’s important is to take it to the repair shop immediately.
Why Act Immediately?
When it comes to road safety, the windshield plays a very important role, especially for the driver and front seat passenger. This serves as the barrier that prevents ejection from the car during a crash. Little known to people is the fact that the airbags also compute for deployment with data partially derived from the ‘crash pulse’ connected to this section of the car.
The windshield also serves as a critical point of support for the car frame, helping keep the roof up and firmly supported in place. This is actually why in most car accidents, you can see the roof losing its shape when the windshield breaks. Then of course, a cracked windshield will obviously compromise your vision as you drive, which can again lead you to an accident.
Service centers like Enterprise Glass Ltd. (a certified ICBC Glass Express Shop), should be able to help you with your windshield repair or replacement needs. Don’t hesitate to bring your car in for a checkup, especially if you observe stress cracks beginning to form on the windshield. Don’t wait until the problem becomes a whole lot bigger, because then it will be very expensive.
Why do Windshields Crack and What Should I Do if it Happens to Me? Repair Pal.
Common Causes of a Windshield Chip. Autos.com.