Why even the smallest crack needs windshield repair

There are a huge number of ways that your windshield can get damaged. A bit of debris from the road, a hailstone, a vandal, any of these can chip your windshield. But a small chip is nothing to worry about, right? You don’t really need to get it repaired, do you? After all, a tiny little scratch isn’t going to do any harm. Your windshield is still shielding you from the wind and debris from the road isn’t it? And you can still see out of it clearly, too.

Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Even the smallest chip needs to be repaired as soon as possible. Today we’ll explain exactly why that is.

Let’s look at an example of what happens when you’re involved in an accident with a chipped windshield. Normally if you were involved in an accident with an in-tact windshield, the airbags would deploy protecting you from hitting the dashboard or the windshield and protecting you from going straight through the glass. However, the tiniest chip in your windshield can destroy the integrity of the glass meaning that the smallest bump can be enough to shatter the glass and cause pieces to fly everywhere. Not only does this put you in danger of being cut by glass, it also weakens the protection offered by your airbags.

Let’s take another example. Say you are driving along a country road with a small chip in your windshield. Normally, if a bit of debris from the road flew up and hit your windshield you’d have nothing to worry about. It would just bounce off your windshield and you could go continue driving along the road. But if there is a chip in your windshield and piece of debris hits it, your entire windshield could shatter in an instance. Again, this is because the structural integrity of your windshield has been destroyed by the smallest chip.

It doesn’t matter how small the chip in your windshield is. If there is any sign of damage on your windshield, you are putting yourself and your passengers at risk by continuing to drive without geting it fixed. Not only that, but you are also costing yourself more money. A tiny chip can be fixed quickly and inexpensively by taking your vehicle to an auto glass repair shop. But the longer you leave it, the more expensive that repair will become. Eventually, you won’t be able to get it repaired at all and you’ll need to have the entire windshield replaced.

Don’t let a chip turn into a crack. Take your vehicle to an auto glass repair shop as soon as you notice any sign of damage.