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Does Your Cracked Windshield Need Repair?

Why Timely Chipped / Cracked Windshield Repair Is Necessary

The windshield on your vehicle provides more than just protection from the elements. It's a vital safety feature that can safeguard you and your passengers from harm in the event of an accident or collision. Due to its front-and-center location on a vehicle, though, the windshield is constantly exposed to the risk of flying-object damage.

If your windshield gets chipped or cracked, having it repaired is the best option if it's a chip less than the size of a quarter or a crack less than 8 inches in length. If it's not repaired quickly, the damage can spider out and spread, leaving your vehicle vulnerable to other serious and costly situations.

  • When the cracking becomes extensive, it compromises the structural integrity of the vehicle in which your windshield is engineered to support.
  • If the police see you driving with a badly damaged windshield that they consider a safety hazard, they may issue you a ticket that carries a fine.
  • You may require windshield replacement, which costs more than windshield repair.

Cracked Windshield

Dealing With a Damaged Windshield Temporarily

If you have to continue driving the car until you have an opportunity to get the windshield repaired, follow these suggestions:

  • Cover the chipped area with a piece of clear tape to keep it clean and minimize the chances of it spreading.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes. Don't use the defroster or air conditioner, and keep the vehicle out of direct sunlight by only parking in shaded areas.
  • Keep moisture off the damaged area. Stay away from the car wash, and avoid the use of wiper fluid if possible.
  • Try to avoid driving through potholes, slamming the vehicle doors and other jarring impacts that can cause the crack to spread.
  • Take the car to an experienced auto glass specialist, not a mechanic. It takes training and skill to repair a windshield properly.

If you need fast, reliable cracked windshield repair, contact us today at Gerber Collision & Glass.

DISCLAIMER: This article is presented for informational purposes only and should not be seen as any kind of advice. The information provided herein or linked to via this article is 'as is' with no guarantee of accuracy or completeness. Reliance on any information provided in this article is solely at your own risk.

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