The surprise of finding a small crack in your windshield is something that happens to drivers every day. Obviously, a large, shattered area is a hazard. But a small crack might not seem worth the time and effort it takes to fix it. There are three good reasons for getting an auto glass repair even if the crack is relatively small:
1. It Can Obstruct Your Vision – North Carolina doesn’t have specific laws about driving with a chipped or cracked windshield. However, the state does have laws against having any obstruction that reduces your visibility. That means a cracked windshield or damage to any of your windows could get you pulled over. It could also prevent you from getting a safety sticker.
2. It Compromises the Integrity of the Glass – Your windshield is part of your vehicle’s overall safety system. It helps support the frame of your car and aids in the deployment of the airbags. Even a small crack can reduce the strength of the glass. An impact, or a change in temperature or pressure, could result in a much larger problem. It puts you and your passengers at a greater risk of injury.
Imagine heading out to Shallotte River for some great fishing, boating, or kayaking. The area is renowned for its large area of saltwater, which spans about 8 miles from the sea to Shallotte town center.
The small crack in your windshield might be the last thing on your mind when you arrive. All it takes is the impact of a small rock or too much time in the hot sun to end up with major damage.
3. You Could End Up with a More Expensive Auto Glass Replacement – Often, drivers never know what caused a crack in their car windows. It might have been an explosion in the area that changed the air pressure. It could also be due to a fault in glass. Even pouring hot water on a frozen windshield can cause it to break.
The same things that cause the initial damage to the glass can cause the crack to keep growing. While an expert can perform a glass repair for most small cracks or chips, larger cracks require a windshield replacement. Letting minor damage go can lead to a more expensive service that could have been avoided.
Once you have any damage to your car windows, contact the experts at Impex Auto Glass in Shallotte for a quote. We’ll take care of the glass repair or glass replacement needed to restore your visibility and keep your vehicle safe.