Driving with a chipped windshield isn't safe any time of year, but it's especially risky in the winter when the days are shorter and the weather is unpredictable. It's difficult to see clearly when driving after dark in the winter. The heavy rains, hail, sleet and snow that make the roadways treacherous decrease visibility even further. To stay safe when you're on the road, it's best to repair a chipped windshield before winter arrives.
Winter Driving With a Chipped Windshield Is Dangerous
Chipped windshields can crack on impact, putting you and your passengers at greater risk of injury if an accident occurs while you're driving on winter roads.
- Your car will lose almost a third of its structural integrity if you're involved in a crash or collision because the windshield provides roughly 30 percent of its structural strength.
- Your airbags won't deploy properly. An intact windshield acts as critical support for the airbags. If the glass fails, the airbag can expand out through the opening, instead of toward the front seat occupants.
Chipped Windshields Are More Vulnerable to Cold Temperatures
A damaged windshield is 60 percent more vulnerable to cracking once the temperature reaches 32 degrees. When the mercury drops below 14 degrees, a chip is 80 percent more susceptible to cracking than it is in warmer weather.
Extreme temperature changes put more stress on a windshield too. When it's freezing outside and you turn on the defroster, a chipped windshield is more likely to crack. Using a de-icer or a scraper to clear ice from the glass can also cause a chip to crack and spread.
Repairing a Chipped Windshield Before Winter Arrives
Getting a chip repaired now can save you from the added expense of a full windshield replacement down the road, and it can ensure your safety this winter. It's fast and easy to get a repair quote online, and then schedule a convenient mobile repair at your home or workplace.
To repair a chipped windshield before winter arrives, contact us at Gerber Collision & Glass.