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Windshield Chips: How They Are Dangerous

Often times we will discover a small chip in our windshield. Now a chip in the windshield can be caused by a number of factors, for example, small animals or birds might drop things that will cause a chip, a heavy falling fruit or nut from a tree can cause a microchip, and sometimes we get chips on your windshields as we are driving when debris or a rock might get lodged into the windshield. A chip, especially microchips appear relatively harmless to most drivers, especially when they aren’t in one’s line of vision, so we put off getting it fixed or replaced, and that’s where the problem begins. It is necessary to avoid delays when it comes to fixing a windshield chip because they can be dangerous.

  • A windshield chip can potentially develop into a crack which can ultimately affect your view of the road and at the same time, compromise your safety since your windshield protects you in a number of ways in the case of a collision.
  • The cracks can develop in multiple ways, for example, during winters, the chances of your chip turning into a crack is more than 70% since glass will warp due to the cold and changes in pressure. Similarly, your chip can turn into vertical cracks during summers as well.
  • Just the act of driving along the road can turn your chip into a crack. This happens because of the force and jerk on the windscreen due to driving over speedbumps, sudden brakes and potholes etc.

Basically, a windshield chip will only grow worse with time, so you will end up having to pay a lot more to get it replaced later on rather than getting it simply fixed. So, if you might have a chip in your windshield, you should get it checked out today.