There's a lot of conflicting info out there about windshield repair. Some people claim that you can drive around indefinitely if you have a six-inch crack, while others say that every little ding needs to be repaired ASAP or you can get a ticket. There may be a tiny smidgeon of truth in those statements, but regardless, there are a lot of myths floating around on the internet and in casual conversation about what to do if you have a broken windshield. Here are a few of the most popular.
1. "The Only Thing That Can Bust a Windshield Is a Big Rock"
While it's true that big, heavy rocks can bust in your windshield at virtually any speed, similar damage can occur as the result of much lighter objects. A few pieces of gravel that skip off the back of a heavy truck and hit your windshield at 65 MPH can feel almost like a shotgun blast, so size doesn't matter as much as speed (both you and the object) and how the object is shaped.
2. "Every Time Your Windshield Is Damaged, It Needs to Be Replaced"
This is completely untrue. Somewhere, someone started a rumor saying that every single chip and crack in your windshield merited a full windshield replacement, which is both expensive and time-consuming. In reality, most minor damages can be fixed by basic windshield repair services, leaving windshield replacements as a last resort.
3. "Anyone Can Perform Their Own Windshield Repair Services"
Products have appeared on the market in the last 10-20 years that claim you can repair a crack in your windshield without taking it to a professional. While some minor dings and scratches may be cosmetically improved by these kits, windshield repair services are highly specialized and are designed to actually fix the window, not just make it look better. Windshields are part of the structural integrity of the vehicle itself, and failure to address the issue could lead to a major issue down the line.
4. "You Can Wait a While to Get Your Windshield Fixed"
A chip in your window may not be a big deal now, but give it a few weeks or months, and that chip can turn into a major issue. It will most likely spread to the rest of the window, resulting in a full windshield replacement. It's much easier (and cheaper) to have a windshield repair performed as soon as you notice a crack developing, then waiting till it's a bigger problem.
Contact a windshield repair and replacement company to learn more.