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Windshield Replacement

The Why and How of Windshield Chips

You’re on your way to work, driving on the usual route. All of a sudden, there’s a sharp sound of a crack. It’s your windshield. A rock flew in and hit the glass, chipping it. This is a common occurrence that car owners face, which happens almost every day to other people. The worst part is that you can’t do anything about it. Depending on the severity of the chip, you’ll have to decide whether you need a windshield repair or replacement.

The problem

Windshield chips are a nuisance for car owners, and it usually occurs due to flying rocks when a car’s wheel protects them. It also occurs when airborne debris from construction trucks or dump trucks falls on your windshield. In both cases, you’re left with a chip in the windshield. This chip can be of different shapes and sizes depending on the severity of the impact and will need repairs accordingly.

The Dangers of a Chipped windshield

A chipped windshield may seem harmless at first, but it could develop into a crack and make repairs impossible if not taken care of in time.

Prone to shattering

Your vehicle’s structural integrity is based on the state of your windshield. As Texas currently leads the nation in traffic deaths, You’ll need to be cautious when it comes to driving. If your car rolls over in an accident the roof will cave in, and the already chipped windshield will shatter immediately, causing fatal injuries. A chip in the windscreen makes it weak and prone to breaking easily.

Distraction

A chip in your windshield can cause light to reflect off it and distract your vision while driving. If this chip propagates into a crack in the driver’s view, it’ll lead to a ticket as it’s against the law to drive with impaired vision.

What to do

If you come across a chip in your windshield, you need to get it repaired immediately. However, if you need to wait for a few days before you get it fixed, here’s what you can do.
  1. Immediately cover the chip or nick in the glass with clear packing tape. This is done to prevent dust from getting in it, as it makes repairing it difficult.
  2. Avoid visiting car washes as excessive pressure can lead to a crack in the windshield.
  3. Don’t put pressure on the glass.
Following these steps will help keep your windshield safe for a while, until you can get it repaired by an auto glass repair specialist in Houston, TX.   If you’re still waiting to get your windshield repaired, give us a call. We at AAR Auto Glass offer mobile windshield replacement and repair in Houston, TX. Our team of experts in Houston, TX, are skilled in conducting auto glass repairs and can immediately tend to your windshield chip. We guarantee that after our repair service, your windshield will look as good as new. For more details, contact us today!    

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