There are days when everything’s just right and there’s absolutely nothing better than driving down the highway. Tunes cranked, speed… reasonable, the wind whipping your hair as it races up behind you through your broken rear window to fill the cabin of your car with sound and fury Glass By Tony signifying that it’s time to look into auto glass replacement; past time really.
Imagine What The Rock That Hit Your Window Could Do To Your Eyes
With all the debris that’s flying around roads surfing the wake of cars, trucks, and bikes, it’s a wonder your auto glass doesn’t break more often. Anyone who’s driven for even a relatively short time has tensed when the distinctive “chink” of a stone getting kicked up by the vehicle ahead of you sounds off your windshield. Drive long enough and you will do a lot more than tense up when physics and gravity get it just right and a hit becomes a chip, and a chip a crack that snakes across your windshield.
While it is so easy and tempting to ignore a little chip in your windshield, you never should. Sooner or later it will become a long crack creeping into and obscuring your vision. Just because auto glass for the front of your car is safety laminated, doesn’t mean several bad things won’t happen once the stress becomes too much and it gives way.
Car Windows Serve Many Purposes
Keeping bugs and road flotsam out of your face and eyes is really only the least of its purposes. Everyone has almost certainly seen something on television showing one of those ancient cars that had to be hand-cranked to start. In those days windshield glass – or window, or any kind of auto glass really – was a luxury, and until the invention of laminated, safety tempered glass, potentially quite dangerous. If you were one of the few to have a car, you drove with goggles, a scarf, your mouth shut and only in good weather.
Part of the reason for that was that there was no way to put a roof on a car or enclose it until the development of window glass that could serve as part of the load bearing structure. This is one reason why, though every window in your car but the windshield can manage for quite a while on duct-tape and plastic sheeting, security isn’t the only reason to find a reputable auto glass repair company and get it fixed.
The structure of your vehicle can eventually be compromised without that support and having a car cave-in is just too embarrassing.
Fixing A Crack Prevents A Bigger Bill
While chips mainly occur in the front, any window that presents with damage should be repaired immediately. Not only is it safer, it’s usually far less expensive. The Mythbusters may have been able to put a car back together with duct tape – more than likely it wasn’t street legal – most states require a functioning windshield.