There’s that sound! You’re driving blissfully down the road when it happens – the sudden, loud smack of an object hitting your windshield.
A crack in a windshield is one of the most common issues that happens to vehicle owners. Windshields are designed to withstand damage from projectiles, but even so, cracks and chips can happen. Depending on where you live, this can be even more common. Rural areas with gravel and dirt roads can cause more damage. Areas of the country with heavy hail storms also see more damage to windshields.
So, you survey that crack on the windshield and have to decide. Do you fix the crack, or replace the windshield? Most cracks are small and visibility is not impaired when driving. Cracks however, can spread and become a potential hazard. For many people, the headache of car repairs is enough to just ignore the problem completely. But that’s the worst thing to do. Chances are the windshield can benefit from a simple repair, but if the windshield does need to be replaced, better to be proactive than risk your safety.