When you’re driving on the open road, you’re probably aware of what could go wrong. A flat tire might leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere or you might run out of gas with the nearest gas station miles away.
These are the dangers most people prepare for. But have you ever considered the danger of driving with a chipped windshield?
Read on to find out why it’s so important to fix a chip in your windshield before it becomes a bigger problem.
Why Should They Be Fixed Immediately?
Chipped windshields are fairly common, especially on longer car trips. Chips are most often caused by debris from other vehicles or roadworks hitting your windshield at high speed. Unfortunately, there’s no way to avoid them.
A chipped windshield may not seem like a big deal. In fact, you may not even notice little cracks and chips at first. So why is it important to fix them?
From Chips to Cracks
Even if the chip on your windscreen is small enough not to bother you, pressure on your windscreen will eventually turn that tiny chip into a massive crack. Pressure can come from anything, including wind and changing temperature.
Cracks weaken the structural integrity of your vehicle and can lead to your windshield shattering or causing an accident.
Keep Your Vision Crystal Clear
A badly-placed chip or crack can obscure your vision while driving. This is particularly dangerous if a sudden change in pressure quickly lengthens the crack in your windshield mid-journey or the chip reflects sun into your eyes.
Safety isn’t just about seatbelts and speed. Make sure you keep yourself and passengers safe by keeping your windshield free from chips and cracks.
Save in the Long Run
Because chips can so easily lead to cracks and shattered glass, you’re going to want to fix them before you have to replace your windscreen entirely. Save yourself the time and the hundreds of dollars it takes to replace an entire windshield by repairing chips as soon as you see them.
Chips are usually much easier and cheaper to repair. You can even have them fixed on the move!
When it comes to chipped and cracked windshields, laws vary according to different states. However, federal law dictates that any cracks and chips that obstruct the driver’s vision, or are larger than three inches by three inches could lead to penalties.
Now you might think because your chip is small or on the passenger’s side, you’re in the clear. But remember, chips can easily turn into larger cracks under pressure. So it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Chipped Windshield? No Problem
Chips and cracks can lead to more serious damage to your vehicle and can turn into a safety hazard if ignored. That’s why it’s important to repair your chipped windshield as soon as you notice it. Contact us to book a roadside service or for more information on how we can make your car trip safer and smoother.