What should I do if my windshield is cracked?

By Product Expert | Posted in Service & Sales, Tips & Tricks on Friday, October 23rd, 2020 at 5:29 pm
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Cracked windshield tips

No matter how carefully you drive, cracks in the windshield are difficult to prevent. This blog will cover some of the hazards of a cracked windshield and what you should do when this occurs.

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Methods to slow the progression

If you are lucky enough to just get a chip on your windshield, there are a few ways to keep it from spreading into a full-blown crack. There are ways to fix a chip by applying super glue or clear nail polish or purchasing a windshield repair kit. Before you do anything, always clean off the area to prevent any dirt from getting into the repair. You will want to avoid drastic temperature changes as much as possible, which can be a difficult feat in Illinois, especially during the fall and winter months.

Hazards caused by cracked windshields

No matter how busy your schedule may be, fixing your windshield should be a top priority. Cracked windshields can make car accidents more dangerous since it contributes to the structural integrity of your vehicle. If the crack has moved over to the driver’s side of the vehicle, it could become distracting or even blind the driver if the sun hits the crack right. You are more likely to receive a ticket if a police offer notices the crack in the windshield as well.

Cost of fixing

The average cost of replacing a windshield can vary between $200 to $450. If there is only a chip, you may be eligible to use your vehicle insurance to cover the cost. Contact your insurance provider to double-check.

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