Windshield Repair in Warren, MI : Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Delay Getting It Fixed.
You’re driving along the freeway when a large CRACK startles you. Your first response is relief that you’re safe but then you realize a stone has just chipped your windshield.
The annoying chip might seem harmless and you probably don’t want to bother with getting it repaired. But driving with a chipped windshield doesn’t just put you at risk for spidering cracks or a ticket. You could also be jeopardizing your safety.
Don’t Take Chances With a Cracked Windshield
A windshield is different type of glass than the windows in your home. Windshields are made of laminated glass, or safety glass, and actually play a role in the structural rigidity of your vehicle.
Laminated glass has two panes of glass separated by a layer of vinyl. This is what prevents the window from shattering upon impact. In fact, modern windshields can sustain two thousand pounds of force.
When the structure of a windshield is weakened due to a chip or crack, this inhibits its ability to protect you in a collision. Not only does your windshield prevent you from being ejected from the car during a crash, your driver side airbag relies on a structurally sound windshield to deploy properly.
Severely cracked windshields that are left unfixed may not hold up in a rollover accident, and cause the roof of the vehicle to cave in on passengers. And even the most seemingly harmless chip or crack can form dangerous blind spots and cause an accident.
Many new vehicles are equipped with ADAS which stands for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. These systems utilize radar, lidar, cameras, advance crash warning, computer imaging, sensors, networking, and other devices to create a safer vehicle.
ADAS refers to any type of assistance to the driver that it automated. This can be something as simple as auto-on headlights or rain sensing wipers. Moving up the scale, ADAS can also assist drivers by utilizing night vision technology and sensing vehicles in blind spots- something your average human with five senses would have difficulty doing. ADAS at its most advanced state is less of an assistance system, and more into the realm of becoming autonomous. These are the cars that have lane departure sensors, adaptive cruise control, collision avoidance systems, automated parking, and other features that let the driver sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.
Any blemish, chip or crack in the windshield could hinder the ADAS system from operating correctly (many of the sensors/cameras/modules are located directly behind the windshield).
Waiting Too Long May Turn a Repair into a Replacement
Failing to get your chipped windshield repaired may not only decrease the strength of the laminated glass it can eventually increase your repair costs.
Many small chips and cracks can be repaired while larger cracks will require a windshield replacement. And If you have a newer vehicle equipped with ADAS, replacing a windshield may also require the camera connected to your windshield to be recalibrated.
Does Your Windshield Need to be Repaired or Replaced?
Don’t risk you and your passengers safety! If you are in need of auto glass repair or any type of collision repairs, call Pole Position Auto Body today at: 586-775-4825.
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