Windshield damage can be as a result of anything from accidents to airborne rocks. Substantial windshield damage does not only cause unsightly blemishes on cars but also poses an immediate safety risk because it hinders driver vision. If you have a cracked or chipped windshield, you need to have it repaired and the best way to do that is to call an auto emergency glass repair company. The following are reasons why you must have your windshield repaired as soon as possible.
Windshield cracks spread rapidly
If you have a cracked windshield, it will most likely spread and if that happens, you will be forced to have an entire windshield replacement. That can be quite expensive compared to what you would have paid if you had your windshield repaired earlier on. If the crack is small, it may be filled with an epoxy at the windshield repair shop.
Windshield cracks can block your vision
It goes without saying that being able to see on the road while driving is crucial. Chipped windshields can obstruct any driver’s vision. For instance, the ‘cobweb’ crack can be enough to impair a driver’s vision to a point where he is not able to see potholes. Impaired vision on the road can lead to accidents and while it is true that the level of impairment depends on where the cracks are placed on the windshield, it is important to have a windshield repair to prevent the cracks from spreading.
Windshields offer additional support
The windshield can provide support for particular structures in the car. This is especially true for the car’s roof. With a cracked windshield, the integrity of the support is broken such that if you have to place a heavy load on the vehicle’s roof, it will be at a risk of caving or curving in and this may cause serious injuries. Another less obvious support function of the windshield is the airbag. The windshield in most cases supports the airbag function when it is deployed. If windshield replacement is not done properly, or the windshield is damaged, the airbag may not deploy at all when need arises.
In most parts of the world, it is illegal to drive around with a chipped windshield because of the dangers associated with it. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announces new regulations and laws for driver safety every year to ensure that everyone is safe on the roads. If authorities notice your cracked windshield, you could be fined heavily because you are posing a threat to others and yourself on the road.
Standard windshields comprise of two pieces of transparent glass glued to a vinyl resin in the center which keeps the glass in place during a collision and stops shards of glass from flying and causing serious injuries. With the internet at your disposal, finding a windshield repair company is a lot easier. Emergency repair companies are always ready and available if you are in need of a quick repair. Most of these companies offer round the clock support where technicians will meet you at any location and fix your cracked or chipped windshield on the spot.