Quick, name three parts of your vehicle’s safety system. Chances are you chose something like ‘seat-belts’, ‘airbags’, and maybe ‘traction control’. But how many of you said ‘windshield’? (Be honest now!)
If you didn’t, don’t feel bad. Like most drivers you probably think of your windshield as just a piece of curved glass designed to keep the wind and bugs out of your face. The fact is, your windshield is actually an advanced piece of technology that forms an integral part of your vehicle’s safety system. This means those chips and cracks you previously thought were just annoying? They’re actually compromising your vehicle’s safety!
So let’s review how your windshield works to protect you, as well as what you can do to fix those nasty chips and cracks – and restore your windshield to its prior glory.
How Does My Windshield Protect Me?
First things first, how does your windshield actually protect you in the event of a crash? Well besides the obvious of keeping debris out, it’s also a major piece of your roof’s structure. Created by sandwiching vinyl between two pieces of laminated glass your windshield is far stronger than most give it credit for! Your vehicle’s windshield accounts for approximately one-third of your roof strength, which is vital in protecting you during a rollover or other major collision.
Why Should I Be Concerned with Chips and Cracks?
So now that you know how your windshield keeps you safe, what makes those little chips and cracks of any concern? The answer is because small imperfections can quickly become larger ones, and damage to your windshield can diminish its protective capabilities. Plus, fixing them now will save you money in the long run. Repairing them while they’re still small is not only extremely affordable, but this can also prevent the damaging from spreading – which may negate you having a buy a whole new windshield in the future!
What Can I Do About Them?
Now that’s it obvious that chips or cracks in your windshield is something to be taken care of quickly, where do you go? It has to be somewhere certified, so you know it will be taken care of quickly and efficiently. They should also be a certified repair shop, so you can potentially have any replacement done under insurance. Driving Change Automotive Group has three certified dealerships across Saskatchewan and Manitoba to attend to any needs you may have.
So if your view from behind the wheel of your car, truck, or SUV has gotten a little fuzzy, then trust the experts at any one of the Driving Change Automotive Group’s dealership to restore your crystal-clear view.
Is your vehicle’s windshield in need of a little TLC? Do have any questions or comments regarding windshield repairs and replacement? Leave them in the comments below!