When you have a vehicle that is properly maintained throughout the year, you have the peace of mind that you can drive safely at all times. Routine maintenance items like changing your oil and rotating your tires shouldn't be ignored. The same is true for auto glass maintenance needs or replacement needs. Glass that is in good condition is essential to being able to drive safely. There are three types of auto glass damage that should be addressed immediately.
Small Cracks and Chips
Cracks and chips that are still small can be repaired without requiring your entire windshield to be replaced. Better yet, this type of repair is usually covered by most auto insurance policies. Even if it's not, a rock chip repair isn't very expensive to have done on your windshield. If you have a rock chip or a small crack, it's best to get it repaired right away to prevent the damage from spreading. Most damage that is less than the size of a dollar bill can be repaired. With mobile repair services, you can have this done at any location you have your vehicle parked, so you don't have any reason to delay.
Damage That Obstructs Line of Sight
Any damage to a windshield that is right in your view or obstructing your view should prompt you to get an auto glass replacement. Large cracks that go across the center of the windshield will be deemed unsafe by any state safety inspection. This means you have to get the damage repaired before your vehicle will pass a safety inspection. Not only that, but you can get a ticket if your windshield is in bad shape. Ultimately, the most important reason to get a large crack or smash in your windshield replaced is because it's unsafe to drive with. Big cracks or crushed glass on the outer windshield layer could eventually cause the entire windshield to shatter. If that happens while you are driving, it could obviously lead to an accident.
Full windshield replacement can also be done at remote sites. You don't have to take your car in to get your windshield replaced. Full replacement may also have full coverage by your insurance company. It's always good to call your agent before having any auto glass repairs completed. That way you know what you'll have to pay out of pocket. Either way, most damage to a windshield should not go ignored to maintain safety.
To learn more about auto glass repair and replacement, contact a company like Genuine Auto Glass.