When you are driving with a cracked windshield, you may feel like you can wait to have the windshield repaired. After all, there are other motorists who you may see driving around with a cracked windshield. However, this decision can lead to you being placed at a much greater risk for several reasons.
When you have a cracked windshield, your windshield has much less structural integrity. When a windshield is in good condition, it can transmit much of the force resulting from the crash down to the chassis. Without a proper windshield, your car might crumple in a manner that is more likely to lead to injuries and your windshield is also much more likely to shatter.
Windshields especially improve the safety of your car during a roll-over. The windshield makes it much less likely that the roof will cave in as you are rolling over.
The windshield acts as a barrier that reduces the chances that passengers will be thrown from the vehicle. Being thrown from a vehicle is one of the most deadly events that can occur and is part of why you must wear a seat belt.
The air bag might not be as effective if the windshield is not intact. With some cars, the broken windshield will allow the airbag to expand outside the car and it will no longer offer the padding necessary to protect a motorist.
For a damaged windshield to provide added protection, it must be installed the right way. For instance, a windshield from the original manufacturer will fit perfectly in your car. Also, highly skilled technicians must install the windshield.
A certified windshield installer will keep up-to-date on the changes in windshield installation and will also use the latest adhesives. Simple practices, such as installing a windshield with gloves, will improve the integrity of the windshield by not introducing contaminants to adhesives.
After The Installation
After having the windshield installed in your car, you should have the glass sit for a period. Driving away with your car shortly after the installation can cause the windshield to pop out because the adhesives may not have fully solidified.
Have Glass Replaced Anywhere
You may find it inconvenient to take your car to a glass repair replacement shop, but many services replace auto glass at one's home or office. This also allows you to avoid driving your car under an unsafe condition.
Contact a service, like Harr's Auto Glass , for more help.