A cracked windshield can happen in an instant. You’re driving down the road when the car ahead of you kicks up a stone from the road surface. Sometimes you can even see the stone coming at you with terrifying velocity before it cracks into your windshield. It is tempting to continue driving your vehicle even though it has a cracked windshield; but for safety it’s important to have your windshield replaced as soon as possible.
Car Windshield Replacement
Windshields are an important component of your vehicle’s overall safety features. Today, the process of replacing a chipped or cracked windshield is easy, convenient and affordable. If you didn’t realize that, there might be some other things you don’t realize about modern car windshields and their replacement process. Take a moment to separate myth from fact with these amazing facts:
Cracks Can Travel
A minor divot in your windshield might not seem like a big deal, but if left untended the crack can travel. Changes in temperature and humidity can cause lines to extend from a crack like a spiderweb and severely compromise the strength of your windshield. Your windshield provides structural support for the roof of your car, and if you have a cracked windshield, you might put yourself and your family at risk if you are involved in a serious accident.
Windshield Replacements Are the Most Common Insurance Claim
Windshield replacements are very common, and the process has been streamlined for convenience. Always call your insurance provider before making an appointment, but it’s most likely that a common windshield replacement will be covered by your insurance. The customer service department of your preferred garage will be able to provide guidance as you navigate the insurance claims process.
Replacement Is Very Fast
It always requires some scheduling to fit a car appointment into a professional schedule. Fortunately, replacing a windshield is easy enough to be taken care of over a lunch break. You will not cause additional damage to your vehicle by driving it for a short time with a cracked windshield, so often it’s feasible to fit a replacement in between other appointments. Replacing a windshield is one of the easiest car repairs to perform and should take just 30-60 minutes.
You Have to Follow Directions
Be sure to pay close attention to the instructions of your mechanic when you pick up your vehicle after a windshield replacement. Most adhesives dry in about an hour, but some can take as long as 24 hours to reach full potency. For the first few hours you have your vehicle, be sure to crack open the passenger and driver’s side windows so you don’t create an airlock when you slam the door. You don’t want to slam the door so hard that your newly installed windshield pops off the front of your vehicle.
You Have to Baby Your New Windshield
After a windshield replacement, it is important to baby your car a bit. Try to avoid driving over those really bumpy roads that could jostle or dislodge the new windshield. The less you subject your vehicle to extreme conditions, the longer and more reliable your windshield replacement will be.
Windshields Make Your Vehicle Safe
Chipped or cracked windshields should be attended to promptly. You may drive your vehicle for a while with a cracked windshield, but the sooner you get a replacement, the better. If you have a damaged windshield, call the friendly folks over at the Bruce Chevrolet Collision Center to discuss your car windshield replacement options and how to get you back on the road as quickly (and safely) as possible.