Your car’s windshield serves many purposes, most of all to improve your visual navigation. Because it’s crucial to your safety on the road, your windshield must be clear, free of defects, sturdy and reliable. However, many of you are driving around with sub-par windshields, whether with a tiny pit or chip, or large spiderweb cracks. Perhaps you just don’t want to deal with the cost of replacement right now, or being without a car for part of the day while it gets replaced. However, it’s imperative to ensure a properly functioning windshield so it can protect you on the roadways. Here are some signs that tell you the windshield may need replacement.
1. Compromised view. It doesn’t really matter how small that chip, crack or discoloration is, as a driver you are responsible for making split-second decisions. If you mistake a chip for another vehicle out of the corner of your eye, or a large crack results in a blind spot and you miss something crucial, you could end up in a serious car crash. Even if the result is a fender bender, you’re still faced with much more aggravation, frustration, and cost than if you had just fixed the windshield in the first place.
2. Inspection coming up. Take a look at your inspection sticker. Is the date for renewal coming up? You’ll want to get that crack taken care of before then, as large chips, cracks and sharp edges can lead to a failure to pass inspection. Not only will you have to pay for a second inspection after you get the issue fixed, you may get caught with an expired sticker in the meantime from law enforcement and receive a ticket. The price tag of an average windshield repair is just about $58, says Cost Helper.
3. Pitting. If you’re on the road a lot, particularly the highway driving long distances every day, you probably experience a lot of pitting on your windshield. As a result, flying debris, such as tiny rocks and gravel that repeatedly hit your windshield, will leave small pits. You may even notice these more in the morning or at dawn when the sun is hitting your windshield. This can be a very dangerous situation because those pits are compromising your view. They tend to reflect light, which messes with your focus and visibility, especially during high-glare times of the day. If you’re caught in a rain storm, pitted glass doesn’t cast off water as well as smooth glass, which can pose even more of a problem.
4. White at the edges. In the interest of safety, windshields are treated with PVB or Poly Vinyl Butral at the time of manufacture, which keeps your windshield from shattering into a million pieces if you’re in a collision. Instead, it will break in rounded chunks that aren’t as likely to cut you or the other occupants. If you’re noticing a white haze at the edges, this special plastic is starting to come away from the glass and should be replaced.
5. Missing pieces. We’ve all seen cars or trucks on the roadway with missing windshields or parts, which the owner has “cleverly” covered up with duct tape or trash bags. Windshields keep out the elements, critters and bugs from the interior of your vehicle, but they also provide critical structural support that prevents the frame from sagging. When you do finally get the windshield replaced, the damage has already occurred, resulting in glass alignment problems.
Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center in Dallas
If any of the above has happened to you, come to Hance’s Uptown Collision Center in Dallas for expert windshield replacement. Contact us at 214-666-5291 to book an appointment.