Almost everyone knows enough about basic automobile maintenance to at least take it into the shop semi regularly for upkeep. Fluid levels come to mind for most drivers, oil, transmission, coolant and windshield wipers. Then come filters, and tire pressure. Beyond that engine and electrical maintenance come to mind.
Unfortunately, many drivers don’t consider the care and maintenance of their auto glass as important as these other vital services. Unfortunately, because the glass is the first line of defense between the driver and the outside world, and should be treated accordingly. Drivers may not need to do it as often as moving parts, but when it is time to replace auto glass it needs to be done in a hurry.
Nicks, scrapes and cracks can seem like minor issues, but if they aren’t dealt with quickly they can spread like wildfire. Some chips don’t seem very deep but significantly decrease windshield durability, making the drivers protection weaker and weaker as they accrue and spread into full blown cracks. Even cracked and chipped mirrors can present a hazard, as they obscure crucial rear viewing capabilities.
The best solution is to get an immediate repair when possible.Having repairs performed shortly after the chips and cracks appear can go a long way to keeping a windshield safe and resistant to wind and debris in the long term. Have chips and cracks filled and windshields restored by experts. When it comes time to fully replace auto glass, find a certified professional shop with good reviews. Ideally, a good auto glass repair shop will inform you when your windshield or other class needs a full replacement, saving the customer a bit of time and money.