Windshield Repair in Tracy and Livermore, CA
Windshield repair is never expected nor is it convenient. But, a damaged windshield is not something that can be ignored. Even the smallest crack can work its way across your windshield and before you know it the crack is now an obstacle to your safe driving. So getting a repair for your windshield is vital. Even if this means you need the entire windshield replaced.
A windshield has layers—the outer glass, a plastic interlayer, and an inside layer of glass. How the windshield is repaired depends on how deep the damage penetrates it. In a front end collision, the windshield provides nearly half the structural integrity of the inside of the car. In a rollover, it’s more than half according to the Auto Glass Safety Council. It’s vital to ensure the structural integrity of your windshield to maximize the safety of the driver and passengers.
But what if the damage is just a small chip? Does it really need to be fixed?
Yes. The longer you leave cracks and chips, the more likely dirt will build up and it will be difficult to repair later and could end up causing you to replace the entire windshield.
How long can I drive with a cracked windshield?
It depends on where the crack is, and while many of us will drive as long as possible to avoid the cost of windshield repair, it’s never a good idea. The crack can spread and cause more problems. If the temperature varies, the glass expands and contracts—the glass loosens up and the crack will grow. Eventually it will impede the driver’s line of sight.