We all hate that moment, driving along the highway at the speed limit. It only takes a few seconds. There’s the moment where a stray pebble or debris soars through the air and hits your windshield. A telltale crack makes you wince. You have to pull over and check the damage, hoping you got a windshield chip instead of a long, cracked layer of glass.
Windshield cracks are not fun, to put it bluntly. Not only do they mess with the car’s aesthetics, but also the cracks are a potential hazard. A crack can spread and hinder your driving by reducing your vision.
A damaged windshield can lead to more collisions, and in some states, you can even get fined for driving around with one. It can also mess with the airbag in case of a collision, which increases the risk of injury to the driver or the passengers. Whether chipped or cracked, you would rather solve the problem. Sooner rather than later
Does this mean you should get a windshield repair kit and fix it on your own? No. We cannot in good conscience recommend that step. For one, longer cracks can spread as we mentioned if not treated and run the risk of letting moisture and heat into your car. Failing to repair them properly means that you haven’t solved the problem and in fact have made the piece of glass worse.
Windshield cracks tend not to disappear. Professional shops, however, can prevent them from spreading and in some cases save you from an entire replacement. Auto insurance tends to cover glass repair so you should always seek help from a professional.
How do professional auto shops repair windshield cracks? They first take a look at the damage, to ascertain how to start the repair or if they need to do a windshield replacement. A crack in the driver wiper area is harder to repair, and we recommend getting that replaced. In either case, you know that the auto shop will decide if they can mend your cracked windshield.
With windshield crack repair, the professionals first cover your hood and car seats so that stray glass doesn’t damage your paint job or passengers; they will remove any stickers if possible and rearview mirrors attached to the glass. Then they vacuum the crack and remove any stray debris. The professionals apply a thick resin to the crack, cure it with a UV lamp, and polish off any excess. Your car will be ready to drive immediately.
Team Acme prioritizes road safety and ensuring you can keep driving. In addition to window tinting services, we pride ourselves on spreading awareness about Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and educating customers about road rules.
Contact us today to get your windows tinted, or to learn about car basics. Team Acme is very happy to help you out and will educate you on when to repair or replace while ensuring that your windows are tinted and keeping you safe.