It happens to most drivers if they are on the roads long enough -- a minor accident or a stray piece of debris flung up from the side of the road causes a small crack in your windshield. As time goes on, however, the small crack becomes a bigger issue, and soon you may find yourself wondering if it is best to get your windshield replaced or continue trying to drive around with it. In virtually all cases, the answer is the former; keep reading for just a few reasons why you should get it replaced as soon as possible:
Time Isn't Your Friend
If there's one certainty when it comes to windshield cracks, it is that the small one you have now will get worse as time goes by. It mostly changes in temperatures that cause the crack to lengthen or widen, but regardless of the season, you'll end up paying more to replace your windshield (because of a large crack) than you will to simply repair a smaller one. It may seem like the wiser financial move to wait things out, but you'll actually save money by paying for repairs as soon as you can.
(Possibly) Breaking the Law
The fact of the matter is that it is dangerous to drive with a cracked windshield. It impairs your field of vision, and cause your reaction time to drop dramatically as a result. That's why many states have made it illegal to drive with a windshield that has a crack more than a few inches long, regardless of where the crack is. To avoid getting a ticket and paying hefty fines that may come as a result, take your car to the nearest auto body shop and get your windshield repaired or replaced.
Most people view their car's windshield as little more than a piece of glass that sits between them and the road. But a windshield is a more valuable component than many people realize. In fact, it is vital to the strength and stability of your car's frame. A windshield that is cracked - even a little bit - leads to a weaker windshield and, as a result, a weaker frame. This is important because it is your car's frame more than anything else that determines the severity of an auto accident. Cars with weak frames will be crushed far more easily than ones with proper support.
Contact a company like Glass Pro Inc for more information and assistance.