Have you ever woken up in the morning, gotten ready for work, and walked out the door, only to be confronted with a long crack on your windshield? It seemingly popped up out of nowhere in the middle of the night!
A situation like this can not only put a damper on your already low spirits—let’s face it, rarely anyone goes in to work happy and cheerful—but can also make you late! It can also put you at risk for accidents.
So, if you’re faced with a broken windshield, the best course of action would be to first and foremost get it repaired.
Then, to prevent any such thing from happening again, you may want to read up on what causes broken windshields in the first place:
The most common form of windshield damage occurs as a result of car accidents. Your windshield may get cracked in places you can’t see; or the crack could be too minuscule and could escape notice. In either case, even a small crack can spread and cause serious damage in the future.
After every car accident, especially a major one, check your local mechanic to do a thorough check up of your windshield to help you detect problems before they get too big to be solved easily.
Low-Quality Glass can crack even without impact. Through years of use, while the wear and tear may not be immediately visible, glass can expand and even the most minor of cracks can become larger.
Whenever you invest in a new windshield, make sure you are dealing with a reliable dealer who deals with high quality, reliable glass. While initially expensive, this kind of glass can help you prevent frequent replacements and repairs.
Extreme temperatures can wreak havoc on glass of every kind. Because glass has the property of expanding when it is warm, and contracting when it is cold, temperatures like those common in Canada can cause thermal strain and lead to unexplained cracks and breaks.
Try parking your car in a temperature controlled area, especially if you live in an area where temperatures can shift suddenly.
If the fit of your windshield is too loose, your windshield could even come off its frame altogether! On the other hand, windshields that are too tightly attached to their frames could see cracks because of increased pressure.
Whenever you invest in a windshield installation, make sure to go to a reliable and professional dealer to ensure you get the best installation.