Every part of your vehicle plays an integral role in its overall safety, functionality, and comfort. From the engine, being the driving force for the entire vehicle to the auto glass, keeping your vehicle safe and protected, no part goes without function. Auto glass plays a huge role in a vehicle’s safety. Think about it – imagine driving a car with NO auto glass? The contents inside wouldn’t be fully secure and let’s not even get started on how that would pan out in the colder months!
Damage to a vehicle’s windshield, big or small can have a huge impact on the safety of those within. Our Hamilton shop has done windshield repairs for everything from minor chips to full replacements. Regardless of what the issue is, having a structural sound and sturdy windshield is not something to skimp on!
There are, like most things, myths commonly associated with all things windshields. Knowing the difference between fact and fiction is important and can help you make your decision when it comes to your windshield.
Here are a few windshield myths:
Driving with a cracked windshield – totally fine!
Oh, we are about to burst your bubble! When people get small cracks or chips in their windshields, most pay no mind to it. If a crack is the size of a dime, how could it possibly impact my ENTIRE windshield?
Small chips and cracks can turn into significant damage. Every time you hit the road, go for a car wash, or even park, your vehicle is at risk of getting damaged. For example, you park your car on a side street, under a nice shady tree. A small branch falls from that tree and hits your windshield RIGHT where that small crack is. Because this portion of the windshield is already weakened, the branch may make the small crack even larger.
Driving with a small crack or chip is never a good idea and can compromise the safety of your and your occupants as well as the lifespan of your windshield. It’s best to get any damage repaired asap before you get stuck having to go in for a full repair!
TL;DR – any damage to your windshield should be repaired ASAP!
“It’s not THAT hard, I can do it myself”
There are some things you can do yourself when it comes to your vehicle. Changing tires, oil change, charging the battery, etc. Windshield repair or replacement, however, is best left to the experts. Although it may seem simple, there are a lot of risks if it isn’t done correctly. Improperly installed auto glass can be a safety hazard, for one. If the glass comes loose while driving, well, you can imagine how that would go about.
Taking your vehicle to a professional will cost you money in terms of labour, but you know the job is done right. Attempting to do the job on your own may end up costing you more if you end up doing it wrong.
TL;DR – no, please don’t. Go to the professionals!
“Won’t replacing or repairing my windshield cause my insurance rates to go up?”
This is a grey and complex area, but allow us to explain. Insurance rates do go up when you make a claim. Claims are made after motor vehicle accidents or most repairs made to a vehicle. Luckily, windshield replacement/repair doesn’t qualify as a claim that would increase your insurance rates. In fact, most auto insurance companies will cover the cost of a portion or all of your windshield repair/replacement. The amount of coverage you receive depends on your policy. While making a claim regarding your windshield won’t cause your insurance rates to go up, it’s still recommended to review your policy and see what you qualify for in terms of coverage.
TL;DR – no skyrocketing insurance rates to see here!
Only large objects are a threat to your windshield
When people think of damaged windshields, they often think of windshields disintegrated in accidents or windshields destroyed by large falling boulders (for some reason). However, it actually doesn’t take much to damage a windshield. For example, if you are driving through a construction site and a small piece of gravel hits your windshield, depending on the force and speed of the object and your vehicle, it can be enough to put a chip in your glass.
Be wary of your surroundings, always. If you are parking your vehicle, consider what is around that parking spot. Are there trees with branches and twigs that could call off? Is it near a construction zone? If you are driving, be wary of your speed. If you pass a construction zone, proceed with caution, don’t barrel through it. Sometimes the smallest of items can cause damage.
TL;DR – literally anything could cause damage. Be aware of your surroundings always!
When it comes to windshield repair, replacement, and overall maintenance, it’s important to understand what is valid and what has been debunked. Knowing the difference can save you time and money and keep those who enter your vehicle safe!
Looking to get your windshield repaired asap? Contact us today for a FREE quote!