Unfortunately, chips appear on our vehicle’s windshield all the time from everyday use. It is bound to happen sooner or later. It’s strange that most drivers, in today’s fast paced society, ignore these annoying little imperfections in their windshield.
Most people think that these chips and nicks will simply stay the way they are and that they will not grow. This is not the case, though. When you get a rock chip on your windshield, you are risking a much larger crack which, in turn, may result in you needing to replace the entire windshield completely. Replacing your windshield can be pricey and bothersome, so it is critical that drivers take proper care of their windshields from the start.
The Truth about Rock Chip Damage
All safe drivers understand the importance of a clear field of vision when it comes to safely operating their vehicle on the road regardless of the weather conditions. Even the smallest imperfection can affect your driving. First of all, it can be a major distraction while you are driving to have a nick, crack, or any other type of imperfection on your windshield. Remember, the greater impairment you have in terms of your vision while driving, the greater chances you have of getting into a serious accident.
The smallest crack, nick, or chip in your windshield has the potential to weaken your windshield itself. The integrity of the glass is hindered by these little imperfections. The smallest chip or nick will begin to grow in size if it is not cared for properly which makes it an even larger nuisance while you are trying to operate your vehicle safely.
Things like changes in the weather can also make chips and nicks expand in size. While you drive there are vibrations that run through the windshield. These vibrations are the reason most chips and cracks will grow in size as you are driving normally. Fortunately, you can prevent this by having your chips, nicks, and cracks treated before the damage gets too severe.
A small imperfection can turn into a large issue which has the potential to shatter your windshield and cause even greater issues and injury to those in your vehicle at the time. If this happens, or if the issue gets too severe, you will have to replace the windshield which is much more costly in the end than having the chips, nicks, and imperfections treated before it gets to that point.
How Rock Chips Affect You as a Driver
Understanding how rock chips affect you when you are driving is an excellent way to keep yourself as safe as possible when operating your vehicle. The safest drivers on the road know that having minor imperfections treated immediately will prevent them from becoming bigger issues.
Imagine driving down the road. The smallest pebble flies up and hits your windshield chipping it slightly upon impact. You pull over to investigate the damage and decide it isn’t bad enough and continue driving. As you are driving down the street your windshield is vibrating from regular running sounds and everything seems to be okay. You notice out of the corner of your eye, the little chip is beginning to grow.
Suddenly your windshield shatters all over you causing you to swerve and hit something or someone. This is a reality that is far too common today. Most drivers do not realize how dangerous it is to operate their vehicles with minor imperfections in their windshield. Not only will you have to replace your windshield in this situation, but you would also risk a massive amount of injury to yourself, those in your vehicle, and others on the road as well.
Doing Our Part to Help the Environment
Having minor imperfections taken care of as quickly as possible is an excellent way to assist the environment in staying healthy. When your windshield breaks down you are going to replace it with a new windshield and the old windshield will be thrown into the trash. Unfortunately, windshields are non-recyclable items, so they will end up in our landfills if we are not careful and take the necessary precautions ahead of time.
Understanding the Advantages of Windshield Repair
There are many advantages to having your windshield repaired. You are ensuring you have an unobscured view of the road and vehicles around you, repairing those minor imperfections will create a smooth surface to help you keep your windshield wipers running smoothly and efficiently, repairs will help prevent any damage from spreading further, the treatment reinforces the strength of the windshield offering more security and less chances of your windshield breaking, and treatment will always retain the original seal your vehicle has with the windshield.
Most drivers today believe that repairing minor imperfections in the windshield is simply a cosmetic fix. However, the truth is that repairing your minor imperfections is an easy way to ensure you restore the structural integrity of the windshield itself.
Windshield repair is a permanent solution to minor nicks, chips, cracks, and other imperfections in your windshield. The repair process removes all the air from the break and fills the break with an optically matched resin. This resin is then cured to give it the same density and consistency as the original glass itself. The end result is as if the nick, chip, or crack was never there to begin with as the resin will take on the characteristics of the original glass after the curing process.
How Does The Repair Process Work?
The repair process that is used to eliminate minor imperfections in your windshield is actually a fairly simple one to understand, however, it requires a more professional hand to achieve a flawless finish. A vacuum is used to bond the glass together. The injection pressure of the slightly formulated glass resin is used with the vacuum to bond the system together in a flawless glass finish. This unique process significantly improves the strength of the glass and prevents the nick, crack, or chip or spreading while dramatically reducing the visibility of the chip, nick, or crack.
Weighing Out the Odds
Many things should be considered when deciding if you should have any minor imperfections repaired on your vehicle. In the end, safety should truly be one of your main concerns as the windshield shattering because you didn’t tend to minor issues quickly enough has the potential to cause blindness or even death.
Windshield repair is relatively cost effective and usually comes with a lifetime guarantee on workmanship and the actual materials used. Thus being said, you can rest easier knowing that you never have to worry about the same nicks, crack, or imperfections coming back to haunt you.
Potential driving hazards are something all drivers should be aware of regardless of how minor it may seem at the time. The sooner you have the little issues repaired the less you will have to worry about later on. When you think about it, are your family, friends, and loved ones lives truly worth gambling with? Minor nicks, cracks, and chips are truly things that deserve immediate attention in order to ensure the safety of those you love. Furthermore, treating these issues immediately will also save you a lot of frustration, headaches, stress, and money later on. In today’s society where everything costs way more than it should, saving yourself money truly should be at the top of your list.
In inclement weather conditions, most drivers expect to have issues. When it rains, most drivers don’t see it as a potential issue. Unfortunately, when you have minor nicks, cracks, or other imperfections in your windshield you will get a lot more glare than you would without them. The amount of evidence supporting fixing minor imperfections before they get bigger is pretty overwhelming.
The most important thing here is that you weigh out what is best for you. In the end, safety should be one of your top priorities when operating your vehicle. Why take a chance at having something truly disastrous happen while you are with someone you love. Having your windshield maintained properly is the best way to ensure you do not have future issues.