When the other important under the hood car parts are being mentioned, the car windshield seems to be forgotten. It is a transparent piece of glass that sometimes goes unnoticed but a critical part of the car in general. A windscreen is one of the most important parts of the car. When a windshield is broken or cracked it can cause significant look defects to the car or at worse cause safety issues to the car. The are many reasons that may lead to the need for car windshield repair or windshield replacement. Changing or fixing is important, but it is more important to know when to repair or replace the windscreen.
Its and chips
Pits are there every time you drive your car whether you hear them or not. Every second the car is driven the windshield receives impacts from rocks, sands, and other many debris. This debris knocking on the windshield now and then, with time wear small pits or chips on your windshield. As the car gets older this chips and holes can accumulate to the extent that the chips start to appear through the glass. Extensive chips and pits on the screen lead to poor visibility on the windscreen thus becoming a safety hazard. As a driver or a car owner, it is important to ensure that once the chipping worsens the windshield is replaced to avoid causing accidents on the road due to poor visibility.
What to do when chips occur
When chips on the windshield is noticed, it is mandatory to ensure that the chip is repaired immediately. However, sometimes it is hard or impossible to take the car immediately for repair. In such a case, there are a few important things that can be performed as an emergency to prevent a case of broken windshield. The common emergency option is most of the time clear packing tape. With the packing tape in place, it is important to ensure that the car is not washed especially not with cold water as this affects the clear tape. The driver should also be careful with applying pressure to the windscreen as pressure on the transparent tape can crack the adhesive.
How to avoid chips and cracks on the windscreen
Repairing a cracked windshield is important however it is not a cheap job and is a good idea to find ways to avoid hurting the windshield thus avoiding the need for windshield repair or windshield replacement. One way of preventing damages to the windshield is by avoiding dump trucks and other vehicles of that nature on the roads. This kind of vehicles most often than not have falling debris that can fall on your windshield and cause damages. Another idea is to always observe safe distance between other vehicles as this will avoid the windscreen being hit by debris and other objects flung into the air by the cars. When the damage is unavoidable, and it happens, it is important to apply clear tape to the windscreen and avoid any further damages to the windshield. Weather is also another factor that can damage the windscreen thus paying attention can help in avoiding harsh weather conditions such as hailstorms that can cause severe damages to the car’s windshield.