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4 Common Problems That Mean You Need a New Windshield

Keeping a windshield in good condition is vital for visibility as your drive. But did you know it can also protect you in case of an accident? When a windshield is compromised by cracks and chips the function of it is also compromised. Much of the structural stability of a vehicle depends upon the windshield being in good shape, with no cracks. Let's discuss four common problems that could mean it's time to replace your windshield

1) Poor Visibility

Having a clear unobstructed view of the road ahead is one the most important safety issues when driving. Over time windshields get some wear and tear and eventually start showing deterioration, resulting in poor visibility. If you notice the view of the road ahead is not as clear as it should be, and it doesn't clear up with basic cleaners, it's likely time to replace that windshield. A damaged windshield may be more difficult to see through when driving through fog, night driving, and other obstructive weather conditions.

2) Cracks and Chips

Depending on how many miles you drive and the driving conditions you encounter, such as lots of highway driving vs city driving, you may often be subjected to pebbles hitting your windshield. Highway driving tends to negatively impact windshields more since there are rocks and pebbles on these roads, due to large semis and work vehicles often sharing the highways. If you have multiple chips or cracks in your windshield, especially any that are in your main field of vision, it is time to consider windshield replacement

3) Previous Damage is Getting Worse

Often a small chip or crack in a windshield won't result in a panic with the vehicle owner seeking immediate replacement. With that in mind, it's important to know that oftentimes small areas of damage become larger areas of damage. As road vibrations happen when you drive, that small chip or crack becomes a real safety hazard. The movement as you drive can lead to the previous damage which may have seemed minor, becoming a much larger problem area. When you notice an existing cracked area is spreading it's time for a windshield replacement.

4) Leaks or Moisture Issues

Depending on the age of your vehicle and whether or not the windshield has ever been replaced, along with environmental conditions where the car has been throughout its existence, it could show signs of leaks or moisture seeping through and around the windshield. The trim around the glass may become damaged or have normal deterioration over the years, especially in older vehicles or in extreme environments. If any signs of moisture are present around your windshield, or if there's an obvious crack in the seal around it, it's time to get it fixed.

Smiley’s Glass offers mobile glass replacement making it convenient and hassle-free to take care of all your mobile glass needs. We stand behind our work and guarantee quality. Contact us today and let us help you see the road ahead.

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