Have you recently had your windshield damaged by some sort of debris? Have you been making excuses as to why you don't need to have it fixed right now? It's not uncommon to for drivers to make excuses as to why they're driving around with a cracked windshield, even if they know better. Some of these excuses seem reasonable at first glance but they are still just that: excuses. For every seemingly good argument that you have to continue to put off replacing your windshield, there are even better reasons why you should have it replaced as soon as possible. Some of the most common excuses, and the reasons why you shouldn't listen to them, are as follows:
"Driving around with a damaged windshield doesn't hurt anything." This is seemingly true, at least in the short term. But cracked or otherwise damaged auto glass can reflect the sun in odd and unexpected ways, resulting in glare and blind spots that wouldn't otherwise be there. Being unable to see an oncoming car or a pedestrian could result in a serious accident. It's for this reason that you can also get an expensive ticket for driving around with a damaged windshield.
"Fixing a broken windshield costs too much money." Check your insurance policy. Due to the hazard that a damaged windshield can cause, many insurance policies will fully cover the cost of replacing a damaged windshield. They feel that paying to replace the windshield now is going to be less expensive for them in the long run than having to pay out compensation in the event of an accident. If your insurance policy doesn't cover replacing the windshield, you should still take your vehicle to an auto glass service center. Smaller pits, cracks, and chips can sometimes be mended with a special clear epoxy compound. Since the full windshield isn't being replaced, the cost is usually a few tens of dollars instead of a few hundred.
"It takes way too long to replace a windshield." When you live a busy life, it can seem like you're always on the go. It can then seem like there aren't enough hours in the day or even in the week to get your windshield replaced. However, modern methods and materials can mean that your car doesn't need to spend all day at the auto glass shop. You'll be able to pick it up again in just a couple hours. If even that is too long for you, you may be able to find a mobile auto glass repair company. These companies will send a technician to you, repairing your windshield while you're at home or during your lunch break at work.