A windshield is a vehicle’s structural integrity. It is always necessary to take care of it in order for a car to perform optimally. However, no matter how smooth and well-maintained it is, it will eventually become damaged and break.
To avoid improper windshield maintenance, you must first understand the facts about windshields. Be wary of fake news! Like any other object, the windshield has its fair share of false and incorrect stories that some people like to believe or make themselves believe.
Here are the eight most common myths about windshields.
Windshields are indestructible
Modern automobiles have windshields made of laminated glass, also known as safety glass. According to some, this type of glass is resistant to cracks and cannot be shattered. That is a blatant lie! Windshields are not indestructible. They can be damaged by a variety of factors. Safety glass differs from regular glass in that when it breaks, it shatters into smaller shards that are hazardous.
All chips are the same
A chip is a small nick in the glass caused by a small pebble or other small objects. They are minor but visible flaws in the glass. They appear to come in a variety of shapes, such as; Combination breaks, The Bullseye, Star break, Edge cracks, and Stress crack. They also spread in a variety of ways. If you notice a chip in your windshield, you should contact a professional as soon as possible.
Is your windshield damaged? Replace it now
While having a new windshield is exciting, getting a new one is unnecessary if the one you have is still repairable. There are various types of damages and various methods for dealing with them. If the damage is minor, the windshield does not need to be replaced. Technicians will know what to do, so bring your car to the shop.
Driving with a cracked windshield is acceptable
Driving with a cracked windshield is extremely dangerous. It is not permitted. To see around the cracked windshield, you may need to crouch or lean on the side.
Minor cracks and chips are not a cause for concern
These minor cracks and chips will almost certainly spread if not repaired right away. You should be concerned about these small fissures because they will eventually expand due to vibrations and temperature fluctuations in the car. These cracks can compromise the structural integrity of your windshield, making it more prone to shattering.
Do-it-yourself with a repair kit
Some chips and cracks can be repaired at home using windshield repair kits that can be purchased anywhere. However, you must be aware that it can be dangerous. You have no way of knowing whether or not what you did was correct. You have no idea if the instructions you’ve read are correct. It is strongly advised that you consult professionals and entrust the repairs to them to ensure that quality materials are used and that you get a better result.
Repairs are costly
A cracked windshield must be repaired or replaced. Don’t be concerned about the cost of having your windshields inspected by professionals. Windshield replacement and repair costs are typically covered by the vehicle’s insurance, so you will not be charged. There are also repair shops that offer their services in your own home, so you won’t have to wait in line.
It is a good idea to de-ice your windshield with hot water
It’s a terrible idea! It will cause significant damage and may even break your windshield. When you pour hot water on your windshield, the temperature changes quickly, causing it to expand or contract. Using heavy objects to scrape off the ice can also crack the windshield. To easily remove the ice, use ice scrapers and de-icer spray.
Do not jeopardize your safety by believing and acting on things you have only heard of. Do not jeopardize the structural integrity of your windshield by doing things that are not recommended by professionals. Many people are killed as a result of incorrect assumptions. If your windshield is damaged, seek the advice of a skilled technician.