A crack in the windshield is not just ugly – it is dangerous. You might think that it is just a small crack but if you don’t do anything about it, the crack may spread, making your car unsafe to drive.
The Dangers of a Cracked Windshield
Many drivers disregard the danger of a cracked windshield. They thought that it is just a minor annoyance and does not warrant immediate attention. But safety experts and traffic officers disagree.
These authorities know that there are bigger and more severe implications of faulty windshields that most drivers fail to realize. A car windshield is one of the car’s important support structures.
In the event of a collision, the car windshield serves as a protective shield for the driver and his front passenger. Its purpose is to transfer the impact of a front-end collision down through the front of the car into the chassis, therefore minimizing the effect of the impact within the interior and thus protecting the passengers.
It then goes to show that a faulty windshield will not provide utmost protection to you and your passengers if any eventuality like a collision happens.
Stopping the Spread of a Windshield Crack
As you drive your car, it will eventually develop cracks here and there, at some point in time. If you are using your car for quite some time, the forces of the elements might have caused it to develop cracks. Or your windshield might have been accidentally hit by somebody, or perhaps a stone on the street found its way on its surface and left a small crack.
It is not necessary for you to replace the whole windshield when you begin to see a small crack. You can immediately correct the problem and prevent it from worsening if you will follow these steps.
1. Buy a glass repair kit
Go to a local shop that sells car repair tools and materials and buy a glass repair kit. This kit can be useful as a temporary remedy while you are still unable to bring your car to the repair shop.
2. Park your car under a shade.
By parking your car under a shade, you will be able to reduce the adverse effects of the elements on the crack on your windshield. Snow, sun, rain and wind will cause the crack to get bigger if your car is left unattended outside. The force of rain and the weight of snow will surely force the crack to widen. Reduce all these stress by parking your car indoors.
3. Ask the advice of an expert in windshield repair.
Take your car to someone who you think is an expert in windshield repair. He will have the knowledge, skills, tools, materials and experience to repair the crack on your windshield.
An expert repairman will contain the size of the crack, and make it look smaller than it is. More importantly, he will prevent it from getting bigger. Don’t wait until the crack gets bigger. The smaller the crack the easier it will be for the repairman to fix it.
4. Do what you can to prevent the crack from getting bigger.
If this crack is still small, you don’t need to bring it right away to the repairman. Try putting super glue on the dent and spread it evenly in and out. The super glue will hold the cracked glass together, thus preventing it from getting bigger.
But take note that this is only a first-aid solution because to be safe, you still need to have it checked by an expert glass repairman.
5. Assess the extent of the crack.
Determine the condition of the crack, if you can repair it, or if you have to bring it to the car shop for repairs, or if it is beyond repair. Measure the size and depth of the crack. If it is about half an inch wide and approximately one foot long, and the crack has been there for as long as you can remember, you need to have it replaced.
6. Use nail polish as a first aid remedy.
Applying liberal coats of nail polish on the crack, inside and out, will help to hold the glass structure while you are waiting for the repairman to arrive. Coat the sides of the crack because these are the areas where the crack will spread.
7. Get the crack repaired as soon as possible.
If you have determined that no amount of first aid can contain the crack, get hold of a professional glass windshield repair shop such as Meineke or Valvoline right away. Don’t waste a single day to get your car glass repaired.
If you wait for up to a month before you have it repaired, you may find that the problem has worsened. It could develop to an extent that the crack can’t be repaired anymore, requiring you to replace the entire windshield altogether.