It starts out as a little nick or chip, but left unchecked it can grow to cover your entire windshield. And those windshield cracks not only look bad they can also compromise the safety of your car.
John Cozzette with Glass Pros, says, "There is a lot of windshields broken in the winter time because there is a lot of debris on the road." But no matter what time of year, a cracked windshield can be a hazard in many different ways.
"The windshield is actually part of the structure of the vehicle so it adds integrity to it in a roll over," says Cozzette. If you've ever had a crack in your windshield you know no matter how small, it always gets bigger, and a bigger crack says Cozzette, opens the door to bigger problems.
"The bigger it is the more strength that goes out of it the more its going to obscure your vision the more likely you are to be pulled over," says Cozzette. The windshield also keeps the passenger airbag in the proper place during an accident. Cozzette says, "Your airbags actually deploy off the windshield so they have to be held in properly." But most small cracks can be fixed. "Bring them to us early," says, Cozzette.
A good way to know if a crack can be repaired is to take a dollar, if the dollar fits completely over the crack you can probably fix it. If not your going to need a new windshield.
Cozzette says, "Sometimes down low under the wipers where they are hard to see sometimes around the edges." Tthat is where a lot of unnoticed cracks begin to grow.
Cozzette says many people who get their windshield cracked in the winter don't immediately do anything about it. "A lot of people like to wait until spring and the roads clean up a little bit to have them done."
A lot of insurance companies will waive the deductable if you take that small crack to a shop and have it fixed rather than replace the whole windshield which usually costs on average about 250 to 300 dollars.