Did you know that a cracked windshield can kill you? If you don’t know how to repair a windshield, you’re putting yourself and others in danger. The good news is that the team of experts at Canyon Windshield are standing by to repair or replace your windshield. Not only do they address the dangers of air and water leaks, but they also address winged pests that may fly into your car. Read on to learn more about the consequences of a cracked windshield.
Repairing a cracked windshield
A cracked windshield can put your life in danger. A crack in the windshield prevents you from seeing oncoming traffic and road hazards. When the crack is large enough, you can miss oncoming cars, pedestrians, and animals crossing the road. If you don’t repair the crack, the headlights from other vehicles will reflect on the cracked windshield at night. Ultimately, your life depends on being able to see clearly through the windshield.
It’s important to know what kind of crack you’re dealing with. Small chips can quickly turn into a large crack and repairing it yourself could cost you your life. Cracks should be repaired immediately if they interfere with your visibility. If the crack is too small, you can use a ruler to measure it. Otherwise, you may end up causing further damage to your windshield. The last thing you want is to crash into a huge vehicle that could smash your windshield.
Cracks that start on the edge of the windshield are called edge cracks. These cracks are typically two to ten inches long and can lead to other fractures. They begin as tiny spots and spread out quickly. A starbreak crack may be impossible to repair but some experts say it’s better to wait until the edge crack has spread out further. A starburst crack, on the other hand, can result in a bigger crack that can kill you.
Impacts of a cracked windshield on airbag deployment
A cracked windshield adds a new level of danger to an accident. The windshield provides structural support, so when the car is involved in an accident, a cracked windshield will likely shatter, increasing the risk of injury. Cracked windshields also have a negative impact on the effectiveness of airbag deployment, which is designed to deploy downward upon impact. Because a cracked windshield is not completely impervious to force, it can actually prevent the airbag from properly deploying.
A damaged windshield can compromise structural stability, causing an accident to be more severe than it would otherwise be. When an airbag deploys through a cracked windshield, it can enter the vehicle through the opening and cause significant injuries. Additionally, the crack will always get bigger with time, because glass expands and contracts significantly when exposed to significant temperature fluctuations. Cracked windshields may also weaken the glass over time due to vibrations during a crash.
The windshield provides 60 percent of the roof strength during a rollover collision. If a windshield is cracked or chipped, it will no longer hold strength and be weak enough to cause the airbag to fail and shatter during the collision. This could lead to serious injuries or death. A cracked windshield also weakens the windshield’s structure, which will weaken the entire roof. Don’t risk it. Contact Canyon Windshield today for your repair or replacement.
Impacts of a cracked windshield on line-of-sight
A cracked windshield can have a variety of consequences on your line of sight. Cracks in the windshield may interfere with the driver’s field of vision during daytime driving, and at night, the reduced visibility can make it difficult to drive safely. Broken glass may also create prisms, which can cause temporary blindness for you and other drivers. Here are some tips to keep your windshield intact:
The cracks on your windshield may reveal a lot about the material used to make the windshield. In addition to the shape, they may reveal important details about the rock or glass used to create the windshield. For example, cracks radiating from the point of impact reveal information about the collision velocity. The team could use the information gained from this study in forensic investigations, as well as to understand why cracks form in rocks, fossils, and other objects.
Besides limiting your field of vision, a cracked windshield also can compromise the structural integrity of the car. Cracks can bend or buckle, causing severe injuries for the passengers. Additionally, it makes it difficult for emergency crews to reach the car. It’s best to seek repair if the crack is less than 3 inches in length. A windshield with a crack of this size is not legal and may need to be replaced.
Do you have a crack or chip in your windshield that needs to be replaced? Contact Canyon Windshield today and let us get you back on the road. We can be reached here or at (208) 283-2447 to get your windshield fixed and keep you and your passengers safe.