There are times when you just notice a crack sticking out of your windshield like a sore thumb. It could just be a random pebble that accidentally hit your windshield or it could be someone who is playing pranks with you—there are several reasons of having your windshield damaged. However, you just don’t declare that you need a windshield replacement as soon as you notice the crack; all you need to do is to follow these tips when it comes to dealing with a windshield cracks and chips.
Talk to a professional as soon as possible
If possible, as soon as you notice the crack, bring your car to the nearest auto glass repair shop in your local area. It doesn’t matter how tiny the crack may seem because it could worsen over time. The crack will spread into fractures over the time and it would just introduce new problems. Your main goal is to stop the crack from widening as soon as you can and it’ll be bothersome driving around with a crack getting in your line of vision. Do not wait a week before you go see a professional technician because the crack would eventually get bigger and bigger as well as your bill in the auto glass repair shop.
Inspect the crack
If you still can’t go to the auto glass repair shop, you should inspect the crack first so that you can determine if it just needs a repair or you need to replace your windshield. For example, you’re driving on your way home and a pebble suddenly hits your windshield, you should park your car on the side and take your time inspecting it. When you get home, immediately call an auto glass repair shop and schedule a meeting with them as soon as possible.
You can actually determine if you need a windshield replacement or repair just by looking at the size, depth and location of the crack. If it’s not that big, rest assured that you’re not at a higher risk, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t be seeing a professional technician anymore. You should have it checked no matter how tiny it is because it affects your safety when driving.
But for instance, the crack is too big and it’s already splitting in different directions, it is highly advisable that you stop driving the car and call a professional technician into your location because a large crack will not only distract your line of vision, but it will also cause serious injuries if something went wrong with your car.
If the technician hasn’t arrived yet, make sure that you do something about the crack. You should bring an auto glass repair kit because it can help in stopping the crack from spreading into fracture. But if it’s too big, do not touch it anymore and wait for the technician to see it because you could only worsen the problem.