Chances are you’ve already experienced this once or twice; you’re driving down the highway, jamming out to your new favorite Taylor Swift song (don’t lie, we all do it), and SMACK! A truck in front of you kicked up a rock that smashed into your windshield. Not only did it scare you half to death, but it chipped the dang glass too! You can clearly see the chip, but it’s nothing to worry about since it’s pretty small, right? Not so fast amigo!
Although that rock chip might not look threatening now, it’s just waiting for its moment to really grow. Another hit to your windshield or a sudden shift in temperature could be all it takes to make what was once the size of a nickel stretch out across the entire front view of your vehicle. Once that happens, it’s game over for that windshield. Your only option at that point is to replace the windshield (and that’s definitely not the cheapest thing to do).
Is this avoidable? You bet it is! Rock chip repair is a viable option that may help to extend the life of your windshield by filling in the small cracks with a special resin and some pressure. Not only is this process easy, but it’s fast and cheap as well. The average rock chip replacement only takes about 15 minutes and is significantly less expensive than a new windshield.
Believe us, we’re the same as most people when it comes to these little maintenance things with our cars. If it’s not something that we need to address right now, it’s easy to let it slip to the back of your mind. The only problem is that if it gets worse, you’ll be kicking yourself for not doing something about it sooner as you watch them glue a new windshield onto your car and take the cash out of your wallet. So in an effort to inspire you to take action now (due to the imminent colder weather), we’re going to give you some facts about rock chips and windshields to help you find extra motivation to get it taken care of.
A clean, quality windshield is vital to driving safety - The Auto Glass Safety Council's Debra Levy says studies show that windshield rock chips or cracks that are in your field of vision can actually slow your response to emergency traffic situations. She also says that old windshields that are pitted or hazed should be replaced — even if they are not broken — since they can magnify the glare of the headlights from oncoming cars at night.
It’s easy to find someone who can repair your windshield properly – If you’re worried about “pop-up tent” operators and those just trying to make a quick dollar without giving you the proper service, you can rest easy now. All you have to do is check www.safewindshields.org (a website owned and managed by The Auto Glass Safety Council) and type in your location to find certified repair locations in your area. This way you can know with confidence that your windshield is going to protect you and your loved ones in the car like it’s designed to do.
The average windshield replacement costs MUCH more than the average repair – There are a lot of numbers floating around regarding the average cost of rock chip repair, and it depends a lot on things like where you go, who you have do it, and what your insurance will cover. Most information will indicate that it definitely falls under $100. The price of a windshield however is much “clearer” (get it? Clear because it’s glass). The average reported cost is about $214. Ouch! It’s obviously a lot better for your wallet to take care of the chips before they become a larger problem.
Windshields are a key component of your car’s safety – Did you know that in front end collisions, the windshield can provide up to 45% of the structural integrity of your automobile? In the event of a rollover, this number can increase up to 60%! It also is key in keeping your roof from caving in the event of a rollover. Even a small chip can weaken the rigidity of your glass and in turn put you and your family at risk if an accident were to occur.
Your rock chip repair might be covered by your insurance – If you carry comprehensive insurance, your insurance provider may offer free rock chip repair as part of your package. Although every provider is different and some may have a deductible, it’s worth contacting your agency and seeing what is included with your insurance. Little to no money out of pocket is just another reason to get those chips taken care of as soon as possible.
If you’ve been putting off fixing that chip, now is the time to do it. It could not only save you from possible complications and dangers, but have the potential to save you a good chunk of money as well. The saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” may be true in a lot of circumstances, but in this case, it’s better (and safer) to fix it before it becomes a real problem.