If your windshield is cracked or chipped, that already puts it at a disadvantage during the winter. Cold temperatures and winter conditions are hard on auto glass in Laramie, WY, and that is why you want to make sure your auto glass is in the best condition possible. If you have been ignoring that crack or chip for a while, now is the time to address it. Here are four winter dangers that can compromise the condition of your windshield or make this season less safe for you on the road:
- Visibility: Winter weather and less daylight already makes driving hazardous this time of year. Add to this the visibility limitations placed on windshields by cracks and chips, and you have a potentially dangerous situation. Rather than put up with these blemishes, get them fixed so you have an upper hand on winter driving. You will also enjoy a new clean windshield, so dirt and sun glare do not compromise your view further.
- Structural integrity: Winter is prime time for auto accidents, and you need all the help you can get to minimize damage in a crash. Windshields provide around 30 percent of a car’s structural strength. Cracks reduce that integrity, and even if all you have is one chip, it can crack and give way if you are in a collision. Airbags can fail to deploy properly because the windshield gives them support. This makes windshield replacement or repair a safety precaution as well as an aesthetic one.
- Cold temperatures: The crack you sustained in summer driving on dusty highways will only get worse as the temperatures drop. Cold temperatures place more stress on a windshield, so chips can become cracks and cracks become major issues. Scraping windshields and using deicer can also make cracks worse because of the constant pressure. If you have been putting off auto glass work, just know that the damage will only get worse as winter proceeds. Take care of that windshield before that happens.
- Hailstorms: Hail is a big threat even when your windshield is intact. There are often insurance claims from hail that include both body work and repairs to auto glass. Since hail is unpredictable, you will not always have time to move your car into a garage or shelter before it hits. If there is already a crack or chip in your glass, the beating from the storm will only make it worse. In some serious storms, your glass can fail entirely. Fix it now to reduce this possibility, and if there is damage after a hailstorm, address it immediately. This is often the worst assault your car will face all winter, and it should not be taken lightly.
Cowboy Glass LLC offers fast service so you can address auto glass needs without wasting time. Also, we will push through your insurance claim for you so your payout is issued sooner rather than later. We’re here when you have needs involving your auto glass in Laramie, WY, whether we need to fill a chip or replace your windshield. Call us today to schedule an appointment.