Windshield Chip: why it’s important to get it fixed right awayJan 20th, 2021
For drivers in Alberta getting a chip in your windshield is almost as certain as setting sun. We seem to particularly vulnerable to windshield damage here. The chinooks may be partly responsible. The gravel laid down for traction is freed from the ice as temps rise and turns into potential projectiles. In any event, your windshield is likely to require repair or replacement during the life of your vehicle, possibly more than once. As such, you might be tempted to ignore the odd chip, in order to save yourself some hassle and some money. That’s understandable but we recommend that you get chips dealt with as soon as you’re aware of them.
Chips have the potential to become cracks and replacing a windshield is considerably more expensive than fixing a chip. You can expect to pay around $25 to deal with a chip versus hundreds of dollars to install a new windshield. Additionally, even a relatively small blemish or crack in your windshield can result in a hefty fine. Windshield damage is not just a matter of cosmetics.
A damaged windshield has the potential to significantly compromise your safety. Your vision can be seriously impaired depending on the size and position of the damage and on light conditions. Airbag function can also be affected. The airbag may not perform properly without the support offered by an intact windshield. The potential for ejection from the vehicle is also increased. Rollover protection is another consideration. The windshield is an important part of roof support and structural integrity. Additionally, many late model vehicles have camera embedded in the windshield, a crucial component of driver assist safety suites. An intact and unobscured windshield is essential in order for these safety systems to operate properly.
So, when all is said and done, it just make sense to get that chip fixed as soon as you see it. You’ll save money in the long run and you’ll have the peace of mind from knowing that your car’s safety hasn’t been compromised.