If you have a crack in the windshield of your car, this is something you need to have fixed as soon as possible. To help you, below are three tips you should follow while you are waiting for your car's windshield to be repaired by a windshield repair professional.
A Small Chip
Inspect the crack closely. If a rock hit your windshield, it may have a chip instead of a crack. If so, you can purchase a windshield repair kit at an auto parts store to try to take care of the chip on your own. In most cases, this is only a temporary fix and you still need to have the chip repaired by a professional. This is because if the chip is not completely repaired, it will get larger over time.
You will find a variety of repair kits on the market, but they all work about the same. The kit you purchase will come with complete instructions on how to use it. Before you do anything, however, put your car in the shade and ensure the windshield is not hot when you touch it. Put paper towels under your windshield wipers to protect the glass there while you are repairing the chip
If you have a crack in your windshield do not try to repair it on your own. You may end up making the crack much worse. You should also not drive your car until the windshield is repaired, as it is more susceptible to damage with the crack. For example, if a rock were to hit the damaged area, it would cause the crack to spread.
When you take your car to an auto repair shop they will determine if the crack can be repaired. If it has spread across the windshield by the time you take your car to them, they will likely replace the entire windshield. If so, check with your insurance company to see if this is covered.
Danger of Not Repairing Crack or Chip
If you decide to leave your car alone and the chip or crack gets much larger, this is a safety hazard for you. Your windshield helps protect you if you are in a rollover-type accident. The windshield also prevents the hood of your car from crashing in on top of you.
If the crack is very bad, the windshield would break, causing damage to you from flying glass but also injury or even death from a crashed in hood.
Talk with an employee at the auto repair shop to lean much more information about repairing the chip or crack in your windshield.