Is Replacing A Cracked Windshield Necessary?


You have probably seen cars with cracked windshields. Some drivers do not think it is a big deal if they can see out of the window. However, it could be a safety hazard that could have an impact on their insurance. If you have a cracked windshield and have not replaced it yet, here is what you need to know:

Why Does It Matter?

The windshield is more than a glass you can use to see outside of your car. The windshield is part of the structure of your car. If you are involved in a rollover accident, the windshield can be crucial in keeping the roof from caving in. If the windshield has a crack in it, it is not structurally sound and could fail to do its job, which leaves you and your passengers at a higher risk of injury.

In addition to this safety feature, the windshield assists the airbags in deploying. The roof support that the windshield offers helps to leave room for the airbags to rapidly deploy. If the roof is caved in, the airbags might not fully deploy.

Even if the crack is small, you should have a windshield replacement. The crack can grow over time. If you have it fixed while it is still small, there is a possibility that it could be repaired instead of replaced. This could mean paying less for the replacement.

Most states have laws concerning the windshield. If the crack in your windshield is interfering with your ability to see, you could receive a traffic citation. If you are caught driving the vehicle with the cracked glass after the initial stop, you could potentially face more serious consequences.

What Should You Look For?

There are many windshield replacement installers in the area, so you need to do your homework before selecting one. One of the best ways to do this is to talk to the installer directly.

Find out whether the installer uses original equipment windshields or the equivalent. Ideally, the installer should offer both. Ultimately, the choice of which to use is up to you, but you want to thoroughly discuss the differences with the installer before deciding.

In addition to this, you want to ensure the installer is certified by the Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standard or AGRSS. If so, he or she should know the ins and outs of repairing and replacing windshields. You should also check the online reviews for the installer. 


19 October 2017

Learning About Automotive Services

Hello, I am Nisa Trinity. Welcome to my website about automotive services. When I was a young kid, I loved to hang out at the local garage and watch the mechanics work their magic. Vehicles would arrive at the shop in a dire state of disrepair and leave under their own power. The whole process took very little time and effort when skilled mechanics made the right diagnoses. On this site, I will talk about the process of diagnosing and repairing vehicles of all kinds. I hope you can visit my site every day to learn about this important topic. Thank you.