You’re driving down the highway on your way to work, sipping your coffee and trying to wake up enough to prepare for your day, when suddenly the rather jarring sound of something slamming against your windshield ends up jolting you wide awake. Upon looking you notice that a piece of rock or gravel that has fallen off of the back of a construction truck in front of you has gone barreling into your window at top speed, leaving behind a little crack in the windshield.
You might be tempted to just shrug and go back to sipping your coffee, thinking that the crack is small enough that it’s not anything to worry about, but that isn’t necessarily true. Taking care of any small chips in the windshield as soon as you notice them is crucial, and the sooner you take care of it the better. Otherwise, you run the very real risk of making the crack bigger just by driving around with it chipped.
A small chip can easily turn into a much larger crack, literally before your very eyes. Depending on the conditions under which the crack becomes larger, you might notice it expand in a few days’ time or it might get bigger so gradually that you hardly even notice it until it is too late. At that point, your safety becomes compromised, as a broken windshield is a hazard to both the driver and the passengers.
There are a few things that can contribute to the growth of the crack, things that can’t really be avoided no matter how carefully you drive. For instance, temperature changes as the seasons’ change can put pressure on the crack and cause it to rapidly grow and expand. Beyond that, you could just be driving and hit some bumps in the road that could be enough to start shaking that crack and causing deeper, longer fractures to stem from it.
Once you hit the point of having a large crack in your windshield, getting the entire glass replaced will cost you a lot more than if you would have just gotten the small chip repaired or replaced the windshield sooner. Because of the size and the nature of your windshield, having an entire windshield replaced, as expected, is going to cost you much more than just a tiny section of the windshield where the crack originated from. Getting any nicks and dents in the windshield repair as soon as possible will be in the best interest of your future safety.
Upon noticing a small chip in your windshield, you may be tempted to just ignore it, thinking that it’s barely noticeable, but over time, that chip can turn into a dramatic crack that is even more difficult and expensive to take care of. By nipping the problem in the bud and taking care of the chip as soon as you notice it, you can save yourself plenty of time and money in the repair shop and get back to your day-to-day life sooner.