The windshield of your car allows you to see clearly while protecting you from outside elements that could impede your vision while driving, like rain and dust. If it develops a crack—for instance, after a hailstorm—it’s important to undertake prompt windshield repairs. A crack not only impedes visibility and distracts your attention from the road, but it also makes driving more dangerous. Find out why below.
3 Consequences of a Cracked Windshield
1. Decreased Structural Integrity
When intact, the windshield helps distribute pressure from any impact across the front of the car's structure. A cracked or chipped windshield can't handle as much force.
The windshield is prone to breakage if you experience a front-end collision, and the front of the car is more likely to get crushed. Similarly, if you are in a roll-over accident, the roof of the car is more likely to get crushed. This leaves the vehicle’s occupants at risk.
2. Greater Likelihood of Injury From Shattered Glass
Windshields are designed to avoid shattering. A special adhesive laminate is applied during production so that if the glass shatters or breaks, shards stay stuck in place instead of flying into the passengers' faces. A crack will reduce the effectiveness of this adhesive laminate, increasing the risk of flying glass in a collision.
3. Risk of Ineffective Airbag Deployment
Airbags are life-saving safety features. The windshield serves an essential role in ensuring the passenger-side airbag deploys correctly. It acts as a backstop so that when the airbag releases, it inflates towards the passenger.
If the windshield is cracked, however, it may shatter due to the force of the airbag's release. It then can't serve as this valuable backstop and may inflate out through the opening in the windshield—leaving the passenger unprotected.
When it comes to windshield repair, you have the right to select the glass company of your choice (not your insurance company). GlassPro, Inc. provides residents of Cincinnati, OH, and the surrounding areas with prompt and professional auto glass work. They work on all types of cars, offer a lifetime workmanship warranty, and provide direct billing to insurance. Their technicians get the job done quickly so you can get back on the road. The business is a member of the National Glass Association and accredited by the Better Business Bureau®. Find out more about their windshield repairs online. To schedule a service, call (513) 874-6559.