Windshield Repair & Replacement: Putting Safety First
As the auto glass and windshield repair experts, it is our job to conduct and share industry-leading research to understand how glass damage could impact you. If you have a chip or crack in your windshield, it not only impairs your view of the road and other cars, but it is a safety hazzard. In a recent windshield damage study, we learned that stressors like extreme temperatures or unsafe driving conditions will cause existing windshield chips and cracks to spread quickly.
Cold weather stress
In cold weather conditions, windshields will develop a more concave shape. As a result, windshield chips and dings are more likely to spread in a horizontal fashion. According to a study conducted by the Motor Industry Research Association (MIRA), chips were likely to spread more than 80 percent of the time at temperatures of 14 degrees (-10° C). Those tested at 32 degrees were nearly 60 percent likely to crack.
Warm weather stress
Warm weather conditions cause windshield chips to spread more vertically. The same study conducted by MIRA suggested that the heat itself distorts the shape of the windshield glass, which can lead to cracking by itself. However, it was also found that the cooling effect of the air conditioning unit is likely to set off a crack.
Unsafe Driving Conditions
Driving over a speed bump, pothole or other uneven terrain can cause a chip to crack. The force radiates through the car and puts additional pressure on the edges of the chip, which can quickly lead to a crack.
Although it is not possible to suggest how long it will take for a chip to spread, the study suggests that stressors like weather changes and simple driving will eventually cause or lengthen a windshield crack.
If your vehicle is in need of a windshield repair or replacement, contact us today!