The connection between vehicle and driver represents an unbreakable bond. As vehicle owners, we strive to keep our cars in top shape. So when your precious automobile gets dinged up, it’s only natural to wonder what caused this catastrophe. In the case of a chipped or cracked windshield, a few culprits typically fit the bill. Here are the four most common causes of damage to the windshield of your ride.
In what should come as a shock to exactly nobody, one of the four most common causes of damage to the windshield of a vehicle is when it’s involved in a car accident. There’s obviously the reality of your windshield shattering in a head-on collision, but there’s also the possibility of small cracks forming after a minor accident. These small chips can quickly spiral into a spiderweb of cracks in the windshield if it’s not properly repaired.
Some of the greatest forces on this planet are the destructive capabilities of Mother Nature, and she cares nothing for your automobile. Severe storms can create ice that can break your windshield from the weight. There’s also the possibility of hail damage ruining your ride if you can’t find cover for your vehicle. Even time is on nature’s side, it seems, as rapid changes in temperature during short periods of time can gradually put a thermal strain on your windshield.
You’re driving down the highway, blasting music, when you hear a sudden “POP!” You look with dread to see a crack quickly forming on your windshield. Congratulations! You’re the most recent victim of damage from road debris. It can come from anywhere, on any road. Any item that another vehicle can fling up can cause you to have to drive with a cracked windshield, which comes with many dangers. Common projectiles include stones, construction debris, and litter that has been dumped in the road.
Another surprisingly common cause of a damaged windshield is a problem with a previous windshield repair. Many discount auto glass companies use cheap materials and shoddy workmanship to try to make up the difference. This puts your windshield in danger of chipping, cracking, or shattering with little to no warning. Be sure any replacement windshield you have installed is OEM (original equipment manufactured) glass that matches what’s used on the production line.