Cracked Windshields Can Quickly Become A Dangerous Headache
Collisions caused by limited visibility due to a cracked windshield can happen regardless of the season.
But when the temperatures dive in early fall, little cracks can quickly become big problems. Normally caused by stones and other objects hitting your windshield, fissures can spread rapidly and then pretty soon you’re looking at a complete replacement as opposed to a simple repair.
As a result, fall is the ideal time to get your windshield inspected by a professional, according to the National Windshield Repair Division in conjunction with the Auto Glass Safety Council.
According to NWRD, do-It-yourself kits can only repair about 10 percent of breaks--and that is if they have proper instructions. Most break types cannot be repaired properly with these kits and an untrained person cannot tell if all the miniscule cracks are filled with resin. Breaks also may require drilling and flexing which require professional services.
Your vehicle windshield is a safety device that can be a matter of life or death in an accident, NWRD stated. Windshield repair is included in comprehensive auto insurance coverage.
If replacement looks like the best way to go, the NWRD suggested using original equipment parts versus an aftermarket windshield.
NWRD recommended OE windshields for their precise surface control so the wipers remove rain, ability to block UV and reduce heat cabin heat buildup. OE products also have acoustic attenuation which gives a quieter ride by reducing road, tire and wind noise.
Major factors to consider when you discover you have a cracked windshield:
- Call your insurer first: Some policies offer no-cost windshield repairs, so always call. If it’s not an extensive repair, many insurance companies will sometimes waive your deductible.
- Don’t procrastinate: Get those chips and cracks fixed as soon as you notice them. Even the tiniest chip can dramatically compromise the structural integrity of the windshield.
- Don’t ignore it: Many people forget about the cracks until they get a ticket or even worse, get into an accident. Some folks think that it’s simply a cosmetic problem, but windshield damage can be serious and even life-threatening.
- Go with the best product available: Insist on using strictly high-quality adhesive materials and ask for Original Equipment -quality glass.
- Remember that windshield integrity is a safety issue: A cracked windshield can impair your vision. Putting off repair places you and your passengers at-risk.
- Use a certified specialist: Make sure your glass repair technician possesses the right training and equipment required to do the job right the first time.
- Don’t compromise on quality of repair: Improper fitting and sub-par materials can cause your windshield to blow out during a collision. Always do your own post-repair inspection and make certain that technicians have removed your windshield’s old molding to create a snug fit.