Fortunately, we do not have to think about our car’s auto glass on a daily basis. In fact, we rarely have to worry about it at all. But if you happen to be driving and your windshield cracks or breaks, it’s important that you know what to do. The first, and maybe most important, thing to remember is not to panic. Your windshield is made of laminated glass, which means that there are two pieces of strong glass fused together with a clear piece of laminate in between. This means you are protected from any shards of glass that may form, as they will stick to the laminate in between. This is also makes it extremely rare for a routine crack or break to result in a complete break of the windshield. Your windshield has been specifically designed to protect you as the driver and any other occupants you may have in your vehicle. While an accident may cause a full windshield break, the laminated glass will keep you and your passengers safe.
But, if your windshield is damaged while you are driving it is important to take the following steps:
1. Quickly assess the damage.
For example, if you are in a car accident and your windshield is shattered, you should pull over to the side of the road (if possible) and call for help. You should not drive a car with a shattered windshield. Even though the glass might not actually hurt you, the cracks will inhibit your visibility and increase the likelihood of another accident. In these cases, your car can be towed to a local body shop or auto glass repair company.
If it is not completely shattered but the crack is directly in the driver’s field of vision, you should pull over and call for a tow. If the crack is not directly in your field of vision, it is still wise to slowly pull over and call for a tow. If an accident does occur while your windshield is cracked, it is possible for it to shatter entirely or to lose its safety characteristics and put your front passenger at risk, as this airbag depends on the windshield for deployment.
2. Make the repair a priority.
Many times, when a windshield is chipped, it can be repaired (instead of needing to be replaced entirely), which will be less expensive for you. Even if the chip is small, it is important to get it repaired quickly to prevent the crack or damage from spreading, which will cause additional problems. We always recommend repairs and use OEM replacements as a last resort.
It is important to remember that your windshield is one of the key structural and safety elements of your entire vehicle – even a small chip can leave you vulnerable in the event of an accident.
3. Find a reputable, safety minded auto glass repair shop.
You may think that all auto glass repair shops are created equally, but nothing could be further from the truth. Very few auto glass repair shops are certified by the Auto Glass Safety Council because membership is voluntary at this time. However, the AGSC and member shops are actively working to make the Auto Glass Repair Safety Standard (AGRSS) a requirement for all auto glass shops. Because your windshield is so important to the overall safety of your vehicle, why not look for a repair shop that puts your safety first?
Team Acme: Safety First
If you are looking for an AGRSS certified auto glass repair shop in the Las Vegas area, look no further than Team Acme. Conveniently located right off the 215 Freeway in Henderson, NV, we have been serving customers for more than a decade. Our team is honest, our prices are fair and we put the safety of our customers first. If you find yourself riding down the road and your windshield cracks, chips or breaks, have your vehicle towed here and let us inspect the damage.