Your chipped windshield does not necessarily need to be replaced, but the chip should be repaired as soon as possible. Maintaining the windshield will help to ensure safety while operating the vehicle. There are several reasons why windshield chips should be repaired rather than disregarded:
- It’s safe: A chip can crack at any time
- It’s fast: Repairing a chip can take as little as 30 minutes
- It saves money: Fixing a chip is more economical than replacing the windshield
Driving on uneven surfaces or potholes increase the likelihood that the windshield will be shuttered and crack. If the car hits a pothole, the force can cause pressure on the windshield and create a crack. It is impossible to determine whether a chip will crack and cause greater issue, but if it is a large chip, chances are greater that it will become a crack if left unfixed.
Changes in weather conditions will make a chip more likely to crack with adverse effects on the structural soundness of the windshield. In freezing conditions, the likelihood of horizontal cracks increase as the temperature decreases. While with warm weather, the chips are likely to crack vertically decreasing visibility and strength. Even running air conditioning, the range in temperature between the inside to the outside environment increases the chances of a crack.
It’s a known fact that the windshield can provide up to 30% of a vehicle’s structural strength. In the event of a crash or rollover, the windshield supports the roof and assists the airbags in deploying. Even in everyday driving conditions, a chipped windshield can quickly turn into a safety hazard if the chip cracks suddenly.
Glass repair may not be covered by all car insurance policies; avoiding the need for full replacement is the best choice. There is no way to know for sure how long a chipped windshield will go without cracking, however it is best to avoid taking chances and have windshield chips repaired as soon as you notice them. Call Ace Glass today to have your chip repaired.