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The Leading Causes of Chips and Cracks in Windshields

Last updated 6 years ago

This scenario has happened to everyone: You're driving down the road when suddenly you hear a loud noise, and a star-shaped chip or a crack appears on your windshield. Dings in your auto glass can happen at any moment and aren't always avoidable, even if you're able to recognize the conditions under which one of these small accidents can happen. Here are just a few of the reasons you may suddenly need windshield repair: 

  • Airborne Rocks: Generally, anything flying through the air that hits your car has the potential to break, chip, or crack your car's windshield. Most commonly, flying debris consists of rocks or pebbles kicked up by other cars' tires. Avoiding these types of potential auto glass-breakers isn't always easy, especially if you often commute on the highway. 
  • Other Flying Debris: In the event of a storm or a very windy day, other objects such as tree branches may fly through the air and impact your windshield. If something larger than a pebble hits your windshield and causes a crack, it's likely that you'll need to replace your auto glass to maintain your vehicle’s structural integrity. 
  • Age and Weather Damage: Older auto glass isn't made to the same standards that today’s auto manufacturers meet, so over time, the glass itself can weaken due to sun exposure and seasonal changes. An unnoticed chip can eventually form into a crack that spans the auto glass, necessitating replacement. 
  • Improper Repairs: Choosing an auto glass repair service that doesn't have the right equipment, experience, or training to repair your auto glass can leave you worse off than when you started. Weakened glass that has undergone an improper repair is simply waiting to crack again, and often, the results will be much worse than before. Always have your glass repaired or replaced by auto glass professionals who have the appropriate training. 

Glass On The Move provides mobile auto glass repair and replacement services to Bay Area customers. No matter what happens to your windshield, we can help you get back on the road and in good shape. Call us at (510) 835-0761 to schedule an appointment.



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