Have you noticed a chip or crack in your car's windshield? You should think twice before you continue driving with it in the glass. Ignoring small damage in your windshield could lead to costly replacement in some situations. Here is what you need to know about that damage in the glass.
Driving Can Cause Cracks to Spread
There are many factors that can cause cracks in glass to spread further. Some of them you may not have control over, such as leaving the car outside in the winter where water can get into the crack and freeze, causing the crack to expand. However, driving the car is more likely to cause the crack to expand over time.
Cracks expand when driving because your car is constantly vibrating on the road. Every bump that you hit sends a shock through the body of the car, which reaches the windshield. You won't see the crack expand before your eyes when you hit a bump, but the damage can gradually happen
Try to get the damage fixed early on when it is small. You may even be able to do it yourself with a simple kit that injects resin into the hole and makes the surface smooth.
Windshield Repair Companies Have Mobile Repair Options
If you're worried about that crack getting bigger, or the crack is so big that it now obstructs your vision, know that windshield repair companies have mobile repair services where they'll come to your home and perform the repair on the spot. This can be an option if you do not have the time to take your car to a repair shop and want it repaired at home.
Be aware that there will be some time after the repair is completed where you cannot drive your car. If you had the entire windshield replaced, it can take some time for the seal around the window to dry so that water does not get in around the edge. Driving will cause vibrations to loosen the seal before it dries.
Insurance May Cover Windshield Repair or Replacement
If you've been avoiding having your windshield repaired or replaced, know that your insurance company may cover the repair for you after your deductible is paid. This can help reduce the total cost of having the job done, but it will require that you have more expensive comprehensive coverage that will pay for a windshield repair.
For more information, talk to a windshield replacement and repair professional.