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common myth about driving with a broken windshield

If you drive even a minimal distance regularly you've probably experienced the annoyance of a small pebble flying up and striking your windshield. A vehicle’s windshield can get cracked or chipped from debris or rocks pretty easily. Auto glass may also be damaged by other vehicles, storm debris, extreme temperature changes, or vandalism. The tempered glass is made to withstand some impact but it's unfortunately not completely resistant to damage.

No matter what the cause is, windshield damage can be a serious problem. It's important to know the facts so you can make an informed decision about when to repair or replace your damaged auto glass. Here are some common myths.

Myth 1: It's safe as long as I can see through it

This couldn't be more untrue. An intact windshield is a major factor in overall vehicle safety. It contributes to the deployment of the front airbags. Without proper deployment, the airbags will not protect the driver and other passengers. The windshield also assists in maintaining the structural integrity of the roof in the event of a vehicle rollover. So even if the windshield damage isn't impairing your ability to clearly see the road ahead, any cracks in a windshield can jeopardize your safety. There's a lot riding on your windshield! 

Myth 2: No need to worry about a small crack or chip

Many major cracks in windshields started off as a small chip. Most minor chips and cracks become a much larger problem, and this can happen gradually or suddenly. Due to car vibrations as you drive, temperature fluctuations and other elements, smaller chips can easily, and often do expand. How much it expands or how quickly depends on a few factors such as the location and depth of the chip, but once this happens the vehicle may be undriveable until repaired or replaced.

Myth 3: It will be too expensive to replace a windshield

This is a common misconception. Worrying about the cost of a windshield replacement should not discourage you from having it fixed or replaced. Oftentimes your auto insurance will even cover some or all of the cost. It can actually be more costly if you don't get a damaged windshield replaced; depending on where the damage is and how much it impairs your visibility you may be pulled over by a police officer and get a ticket. You also may not be able to pass your annual state inspection. Windshield costs are very affordable, especially when compared to the possible consequence of driving around with a broken one.

Myth 4: It will be very inconvenient to schedule the work

It's understandable that this would be a concern. With today's world of busy schedules, trying to fit in an appointment at a glass company probably sounds daunting. Fear not! At Smiley’s Glass we offer convenient mobile services. There is no need for you to interrupt your day to come to us, we will come to your work or home. Give us a call today for a free quote (804) 320-7172.

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