Prevent windshield cracks

If you’ve ever had a rock or other object smash into your windshield, you know how quickly that small chip can spread into a large crack. If you don’t act fast, it could ruin the glass altogether and cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Here’s what you need to know about cracks in windshields and how to keep them from spreading until you can get your windshield repaired professionally.

Is a cracked windshield dangerous?

For most people, rock chips are a nuisance. But no matter how busy you are, it is essential to promptly take care of your windshield crack. The longer you wait, the more likely the damage will spread and become more difficult to repair. Dirt buildup within the crack can also make it more challenging to perform a successful repair.

If a small crack in your windshield grows into a large crack, you should still have it replaced as soon as possible. The reasons are listed below:

1. Accidents:

Cracked windshields make accidents more dangerous. A cracked windshield contributes to the structural integrity of a vehicle, and this reduced integrity can make roof collapse more likely in rollover accidents, increasing the chances of serious injury or fatality.

2. Distraction:

Driving with a cracked windshield is dangerous for several reasons, including the fact that it can distract or even blind you. Police officers often ticket people for driving with a cracked windshield because of the dangers it poses.

3. Unattractive:

Cracked windshields can detract from the appearance of your vehicle, especially if you plan to sell it or otherwise remove it from use. Replacing a cracked windshield makes sense both for aesthetic reasons and for safety purposes.

How to stop a crack in your windshield?

There are two methods that auto owners can employ to prevent or slow the spread of a windshield crack.

1. Clear Nail Polish

Before attempting to fill the crack, clean your windshield with an auto glass cleaner and paper towels. Then, as a low-fidelity solution, apply clear nail polish or superglue to the chip. Allow the polish or glue to dry, and then place a piece of clear packing tape over the area to help keep dirt out until you can have the chip repaired.

2. Windshield Repair Kit

Windshield repair kits are available at local hardware stores. To use this, you must be comfortable boring a small hole into the top layer of glass with a 1/16-inch drill bit. Next, force the specialized resin from the repair kit into the hole to seal the glass and reduce stress on the windshield while preventing cracks from forming. If you do this job well, this may be all that needs to be done to repair your windshield.

3. Avoid sudden changes in temperature

When it’s hot, glass expands. When it’s cold, it contracts. If you direct a heating vent at your windshield during cold weather, this may cause the crack to spread abruptly and you may be forced to replace the windshield. To prevent this from happening, park your car in the shade when possible and avoid using the window defroster until you have the chip repaired.

4. Schedule a windshield Replacement

Rock chips are an annoying problem for all drivers, but luckily, there is a quick, easy and affordable solution. If you can replace your windshield before the crack spreads, it’s always the best. Fortunately, GlassFixit performs repairs and replacements on windshields of all shapes and sizes to make them roadworthy again. Contact GlassFixit now.

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