We are used to seeing chipped and cracked glass, especially in this day and age of smartphones. Ignoring a crack on your smartphone is not the same as ignoring a crack or chip in your windshield. A damaged windshield needs replacing or repairing.
Having made the smart decision to have a windshield replacement, you want to make sure you don’t fall into these common mistakes. When it comes to your windshield, mistakes fall into three categories. They can be costly, dangerous, or both.
Read on and get a clear view of what to avoid.
Many drivers know that it’s sensible to replace their windshield. Yet, they still try to put it off, not realizing how dangerous it is. Every time you drive the car and go over a bump, the damage to the windshield increases.
Others think that you can temporarily glue the glass and that will help the windshield last longer. The fact is that the glass may appear to stick together but the underlying weakness remains. Small repair kits are only helpful for very small chips and minor surface damage.
Car collision continues to be the leading cause of trauma death in the U.S for all age groups. If you’re unfortunate enough to be involved in a collision and you already have a damaged windshield, you are at greater risk for glass-related injuries, as the windshield will completely shatter.
Some people, after watching an episode on YouTube, decide to have a go at replacing their windshield. Unless you have the expertise, this is a dangerous thing to do. Do not make the mistake of thinking that replacing your windshield is the same as replacing a pane of glass in your house.
Windshield replacement is a specialist skill. The windshield is not just a big piece of glass that allows you to look outside the vehicle. The windshield is a fundamental part of the car’s structure, strength, and stability.
Incorrect windshield installation could lead to weakened vehicle integrity and the potential of the roof collapsing in an accident. If you’re going to the expense of having a new windshield, then it’s worth the additional expense to have it installed professionally.
Post Replacement Impatience
Sometimes, when people get their car back from the window repair shop, they don’t wait as long as they should to let everything fully settle. Although it may be technically safe to drive the car, if you want the best results then you need to wait the recommended time and even a little bit longer.
Auto glass replacement may not take that long to do, but it’s recommended you wait at least one hour afterward before driving your car away. Knowing that now is helpful so you can plan that time and not feel you have to rush off somewhere else.
Safe Windshield Replacement
In this article, you’ve read about the most common windshield replacement mistakes. Car ownership is a big responsibility and safety should always be a priority.
In short, if you’re windshield is damaged you need to replace it as soon as possible. Keep in mind these common mistakes and be determined not to fall victim to one of them. That will protect you and those that travel with you.
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