Whether your vehicle is brand new or you’ve been driving it for years, you depend on it to get you safely from point A to point B. If you end up with a chip or crack in your windshield, the safety of your vehicle can be compromised.
No one wants to deal with a damaged windshield, but when it happens, you need a specialist that can fix it right the first time. Auto Worx is your go-to destination for all of your vehicle’s glass and windshield needs!
Common Causes of Windshield Damage
If you’re in a major crash, there’s a good chance you’ll have to deal with a damaged windshield or broken glass. Unfortunately, this isn’t the only way glass damage happens. Driving behind a truck carrying stones or kicking up metal debris on the highway are extremely common culprits of windshield chips.
Your glass can also be broken by flying baseballs, falling branches, vehicle break-ins, and vandalism. No matter what the cause, damaged glass isn’t something you can ignore. Even a tiny chip or crack in your windshield will eventually grow thanks to temperature fluctuations and the impact of dirt and moisture seeping into the surface of the crack. You’ll want to deal with your glass damage right away before it becomes a safety hazard.
It’s Not Just a Nuisance: Windshield Damage Dangers
Sure, that chip or crack in your windshield is annoying, but it’s also far more dangerous than you might think. Once a crack is large enough to obstruct your field of vision, in most states, you can be ticketed for driving an unsafe vehicle. However, that’s the least of your problems. There are far more serious dangers of driving with a damaged windshield.
Increased Chance of Accident Injuries
A crack in the glass of your vehicle creates a structural weakness. If you’re in an accident that causes your vehicle to roll over, there’s a better chance that the roof could collapse, resulting in serious injury.
In a front-end collision, an intact windshield transfers the force of the impact down the chassis of the car, lessening the physical effects felt by the driver and passengers. When the integrity of your windshield is compromised, you’re more likely to suffer injuries.
The windshield can also shatter during the impact, sending glass flying around the inside of the car and potentially harming those inside.
Higher Risk of Vehicle Ejection
If you or your passengers aren’t wearing a seatbelt when an accident occurs, you could be thrown into the windshield. An undamaged windshield is designed to withstand this impact. If there’s already a chip or crack, there’s a chance your windshield could shatter and you’ll be ejected from the vehicle.
Improper Airbag Deployment
When your airbag goes off, the windshield deflects it towards your head, ensuring that it’s able to absorb the impact of the crash. A windshield that’s compromised may not be able to withstand the force of the airbag. If your airbag doesn’t deploy correctly, it can actually cause injuries, doing more harm than good.
Repair or Replace? The Best Course of Action
There was a time when a small chip or crack automatically meant that you would need to have your windshield replaced. Today, however, the pros at Auto Worx are often able to repair small damages with a special composite filler.
Larger cracks or serious damage will require a replacement. When this is the case, you’ll want to trust your vehicle to responsible professionals who can complete the replacement safely and securely.
Your Windshield and Glass Repair Specialists
At Auto Worx, your safety is our number one concern. Bring your vehicle to us, and we’ll get your glass repaired in no time. Best of all, in most cases, your auto insurance will cover the expenses.
Not sure you want to deal with the hassle of handling an insurance claim? No, worries, we’ll help make it easy! Contact us today to schedule your appointment.