Few people know how dangerous it is to drive around with a cracked windshield. Not only is a crack or a chip unsightly, it could potentially lead to a bad accident. There are many reasons for this.
The windshield provides structural integrity to the body of the car, and holds the roof and pillar area in place. A windscreen glass that is not replaced properly will not adhere to the vehicle…and can pop out in case of a collision. In case of a rollover accident, if the windshield is improperly installed, it can collapse and crush the occupants.
Again, when the front airbags deploy during a collision, they hit the windshield glass- and if it is not fitted perfectly, it will burst out, endangering the people in the front seats.
There are other hazards too. A chipped or pitted windscreen will deflect the headlights of approaching vehicles in multiple directions, causing the driver to get dazzled by oncoming lights at night. If a windshield repair is not carried out quickly, it will collect dirt and debris and expand into a crack. The longer you go without getting it fixed, the deeper the crack can become. It is anybody’s guess as to how deep a crack can get till it actually causes the windshield to fly off in the face of strong wind…and that is something you certainly don’t want to experiment with!
A chip that is smaller than 6” can be repaired by filling it with polymer and smoothening the area till it is almost blemish free. However, if the chip is longer than 6”, or it is close to the edge of the windscreen, then a windshield replacement may be the only option that is safe.
A full windshield replacement should only be carried out by expert technicians, using OEM standard glass, and the right adhesives. The proper tools should be used and the replacement should not be done in a hurry. Once it is finished, the adhesive must be allowed to dry out completely before the vehicle is driven away.
If you are unsure about whether you need to get your windshield repaired or replaced, call the Auto Glass Thornhill team for an assessment and a no-obligation quote. We will never compromise on the safety and structural integrity of your vehicle, and will give you a professional service and expert windshield replacement or repair, based on a thorough assessment of the damage.