A cracked or broken windshield is not only an ugly eyesore, but can be a significant safety hazard too. Many times, a small crack or chip on the windshield can often turn into the need for a full replacement as it turns into a larger problem, due to changes in temperature, movement or direct sunlight. Even a small chip that is in the driver’s line of sight can provide a major distraction when driving the vehicle. Many state and local laws require that the windshield be changed when the damage diminishes driver visibility.
There are numerous benefits to having the windshield replaced. Even a single chip or small crack can diminish the structural integrity of the vehicle’s windshield. The compromised glass often causes the crack to become larger and begin to travel in one or many directions across the windshield. Additionally, any broken glass on the vehicle can break the seal that holds a windshield firmly in place, and allow air to penetrate, which can weaken its integrity even more.
To replace the entire windshield takes less than a couple of hours. Typically, the entire replacement with a new adhesive seal takes less than an hour for a technician to perform. An additional hour is required to allow the adhesive to dry, before the owner can enjoy their new windshield out on the road.
Most auto insurance companies will cover the cost of replacing the entire windshield. Before making an appointment, the vehicle owner should call their insurance company to discuss the coverage. Typically, the comprehensive coverage of the policy will cover any damage caused by a non-colliding incident including a pebble or rock hitting the windshield. However, the vehicle owner might need to pay the deductible before the remaining amount is paid by the insurance company.
Replacing the cracked or broken windshield on the vehicle is important to the safety of the driver and all passengers. A clear windshield provides an unimpaired line of sight with full visibility of everything that is happening in front of the vehicle.