Since we’ve been talking here about the right to repair your car on your terms, we have to talk about windshield repair a little bit more. As we mentioned in our article about the repairs you take to the shop, taking care of the windscreen is incredibly important. And whether you refer to it as a windscreen or a windshield, it has to be taken care of right away. Your insurance company may have it in your policy to have autoglass replacement every so often, like when a tree hits your windscreen or if you’ve been in an accident. But for other issues, you may have to pay for it out of pocket. There is an obvious temptation to try to wait till the last possible second to replace this particular safety glass. But that would be a big mistake.
Why? The windscreen actually works in tandem with the car’s structural frame to keep you safe. It’s designed to shatter in such a way that you aren’t getting cut to pieces with glass, and many things can hit your windscreen without necessarily breaking it.
By waiting to repair windscreen cracks, unfortunately, you make the crack worse. It will spread and spread until it either weakens the glass as a whole, or makes it impossible to see where you’re going on the road. Anything that has the potential to block a driver’s vision is something that has to be replaced immediately. You can even be stopped for having a windscreen that is too damaged to see through.
The windscreen protects you against being thrown out of your vehicle, which in turn decreases the chances of you being violently injured or killed. It also helps keep the air bags in place, and supports the roof. If something where to fall on your car’s roof, you wouldn’t necessarily see it collapse under the weight because of how strong the glass of the windscreen is.
Something so important should be handled by a professional, and there are plenty to choose from. But at this point, you might be worried that there’s just no way to take care of this critical repair, because you’re busy all the time. There are things that you’ll need to take care of on a day to day basis, and we completely respect your to-do list. However, you might want to think about a mobile technician that will come out to your location. You can even be inside the house working on something else while they take care of the repair. They’ll simply summon you back outside and close out the transaction. While it does cost some money, it’s far cheaper than risking the entire glass panel breaking apart, or not being able to safely protect you and your family in the event of an emergency. Stay safe and happy travels!