Given the amount of time the average motorist spends on the road, it is likely that at some point they will develop a crack or chip in their car's windshield.

Tips for dealing with a cracked or chipped windshield

June 14th, 2016 by

Given the amount of time the average motorist spends on the road, it is likely that at some point they will develop a crack or chip in their car's windshield.

Given the amount of time the average motorist spends on the road, it is likely that at some point they will develop a crack or chip in their car's windshield. While not every crack is a matter of life and death, even seemingly small cracks can quickly develop into something more serious and possibly dangerous. To avoid a hazardous situation, consider the following tips to help identify a windshield crack that may need intervention and the various methods to repair a crack.

Inspect all cracks and dings closely
When looking at any imperfection your windshield, take careful note of the size and shape of the damage. Cracks that take on a conical shape or have a star shape with cracking webs extending out of it are likely to become more serious quickly and need repair. The best bet in most cases is to have a professional inspect any damage and give you their opinion as to the extent of the damage.

Avoid making cracks worse
Touching any cracks as part of your inspection may not only make the damage worse, but also result in harm to your exposed skin. Avoid putting any pressure on the damage, like high-pressure washing, running your windshield wipers or rapid changes in temperature brought on by a heater, defroster or air conditioning.

Do a DIY repair – at your own risk
Do-it-yourself auto glass repair kits are available from most auto equipment shops and are often appropriate for smaller cracks unlikely to spread further. The kits typically involve a fluid filler that is administered directly to the ding that bonds it together and prevents it from getting worse. Home repair is often simple, but should be conducted in a temperature-stable environment and all directions followed. Still, it should be noted that these kits are not a guarantee of full functionality and may limit visibility in the area affected. 

Go with a professional if needed
Even the best DIY repair kits may end up being a short-term solution, so it is best to follow professional advice if they recommend professional repair. Professionals have access to special resins and polymers that may create a more secure, solid patch for dings and cracks. As with DIY repairs though, this may not be a lasting solution and may still result in your windshield being less opaque than before.

If all else fails, replace the windshield
Windshields that are severely pitted, old or have multiple cracks running across it are often better off completely replaced rather than repaired piecemeal. Since windshields are a key element of overall driver safety, it makes sense to prioritize the integrity and not skimp on repairs or replacement.

If your windshield was damaged as the result of a driving incident, car repair insurance can help mitigate some of the costs. Contact Fundy Mutual today to learn more.