You must have heard of marriages made in hell, where the husband and wife simply don't get along. Such marriages don't end happily for any of the stakeholders, much like cracked windshields and cars; any way you look at this relationship, you know its going to end badly for everybody concerned and I am not talking about the windshield or the car, but the people who will be sitting in that car when the "marriage" breaks.
If all this talk about marriage has confused you, let's just get straight to the point. A cracked windshield is a really bad idea and needs to be replaced pronto; in a worst case scenario, this can lead to a real bad accident. It really doesn't matter whether it's a chip or a crack, you will need to get it repaired or replaced without waiting for the right time. Any delay can be dangerous.
So, what's the big deal with a cracked windshield you say? Take a look at two scenarios that illustrate how things can take a horrible turn because of an innocuous looking windshield crack that went unrepaired.
Scenario 1: Let's say you have planned a trip to the National Automobile Museum in Reno (yes, you live in Reno); you've got your kids sitting in the back of your car, your wife in the front and a small crack on your windshield. It's a bright sunny day and everything's right with the world and you've got a smile on your face, thinking about the grand family time you're going to have. You've just driven a few blocks from your home and the bright sun reflecting from the crack, impacts your visibility and you crash into an incoming vehicle. If you're lucky the accident won't be serious; if you are unlucky you and your family will end up in the hospital or worse. It's a hellish scenario ain't it? And all because of a windshield crack that you could have so easily got repaired from one of the many auto glass experts in Reno. But you didn't and you suffered.
Scenario 2: You start off for your office; you're getting late, it's raining, and there is a 'star crack' on your windshield. It's been there for some days now and you haven't bothered to get it repaired. Well, you are on the way to your office, and all the rain and the windshield crack impacts your visibility and CRASH. You've just crashed into a pedestrian. Yes, your irresponsibility has just caused grievous harm to somebody. In a worst case scenario it might even lead to loss of life.
These two scenarios aren't far fetched at all and if you think about it, they are a perfectly logical occurrence of your failure to correct a major problem. These are scenarios from hell, but there is every reason to believe that they will happen, if your windshield is damaged in any way or form.
Ignoring Windshield Repair can have Disastrous Consequences
Not unlike a marriage where dismissing fault lines can lead to unfortunate consequences, ignoring your damaged windshield can lead to disastrous results. The moment you identify a crack on your windshield, you must get it repaired. By choosing to drive your car in spite of the damage, you are not just putting the lives of your family at risk, but of other car drivers, their passengers and pedestrians as well. Do you really want to be responsible for an accident that could lead to people suffering from serious injuries or even death? Nobody in their right minds would want to take up this responsibility. This is why you need to repair that cracked windshield quickly.
So, what's the answer? The answer lies in getting your windshield repaired or replaced as soon as it's damaged. The problem with windshield damage is that however minuscule it looks, it has the potential to spread quickly. What's even more important is that damage can be repaired when it's in its infancy (a small crack, a small chip), but if it becomes more pronounced, you will just have to replace the glass.
Choose a Reputed Windshield Repair Facility
Look for windshield repair experts who have a reputation for conducting high quality repair jobs. Ask around for references or search for them on the internet. Once you identify them, draw up a list and talk to them. Give the job to a company that knows what it is doing and who are seen as reputed windshield experts. The reason why you need to make sure you pick a windshield repair expert who's got a good name in the market is because there are plenty of 'schlock' operators out there who are out to make a quick buck. Windshield repair is a specialist job and these 'quick buck' operators offer cheap services, but do not deliver a good repair job.
So, choose the right windshield repair specialist to make sure you drive safely and ensure your car isn’t a road risk.