The purpose of the windshield is to protect passengers into the vehicle, so it is important for it to remain in perfect working conditions at all times.
A cracked windshield is nothing to be taken lightly. The smallest chips and cracks have the ability to turn into massive problems. For that reason, a chipped or cracked windshield should be replaced or repaired as soon as possible. If you attempt to ignore the situation, the following things might occur, which will only make the situation worse.
Before It Spreads
The main reason drivers need to immediately replace or repair their damaged windshield is because cracks can spread like wildfire. In a matter of days, a small crack of just a few inches can nearly the entire length of the windshield.
If you have to drive your vehicle before getting your windshield repaired, avoid overly aggressive movements. Bumpy roads, potholes, and sharp turns can all result in the crack or chip becoming deeper or longer.
Extreme temperatures can also further ruin a damaged windshield’s chance of repair. If you do not have a garage or carport to protect your vehicle from direct sunlight, then the exposure will eventually heat up your windshield enough to spread cracks.
It is also not recommended for drivers to turn the air conditioning on high, or at all, after the vehicle has been sitting in the sun. The cold air will blow against the hot glass, and does not help when trying to contain the spread of a windshield chip or crack.
Before It Obstructs View
When operating a vehicle, it is always best to practice safe driving. This includes driving with a clean windshield that is free of chips, cracks, or other obstructions.
A small windshield chip that is left uncared for can turn into a bigger problem after being left exposed to the elements. Dirt, sand, and weather conditions can result in the chip or crack being embedded with debris, which can completely block the driver’s vision of the road. The debris can also result in the chip becoming difficult or nearly impossible to fix.
If water happens to leak inside through the damaged area, the windshield can fog up and completely obstruct the driver’s vision. Since windshield wipers do not help clear the interior of the windshield, this can be an extremely dangerous situation, especially if the driver can not get rid of the condensation.
To prevent these obstructions from occurring or worsening while on the way to get your windshield repaired by a professional, drivers should place a piece of clear, plastic tape over the chip or crack. This will allow you to arrive at the body shop safe and sound.
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