It may not seem like a big deal at first, but crack in your windshield isn’t something to be ignored; it’s dangerous since it compromises the overall structure of your car, small cracks can spread into larger ones, and your damaged windshield can actually get you a windshield obstructed ticket in Ontario.
What causes your windshield to crack?
Windshield cracks can be caused by a number of things. One of the most common — and noticeable ways — is debris from vehicles in front of you like, large trucks, or from a hailstorm.
If you can’t think of an obvious reason for the crack, it may have been caused by:
- Poor installation: Sometimes a windshield isn’t properly installed, and the resulting vibrations can cause cracks.
- Temperature fluctuations: Did the temperature plummet really quickly? Did you heat up your car or use a defroster to warm things up? This can cause the glass to expand unevenly, leading to a cracked windshield.
- Wind gusts: The pressure of driving against heavy winds could’ve caused your glass to crack.
- Glass defects: Sometimes, the windshield is just no good. If you take your car to a glass expert, they’ll be able to identify this. They’ll also be in the know about any windshield recalls.
Do you need a repair or replacement?
Whether you need a repair or a replacement all depends on the crack itself; its location and the type of damage will dictate whether it can be repaired, or if your entire windshield will need to be replaced.
Inspect your windshield and assess the damage — this will help you get a better assessment of the situation. Remember to take photos and contact your insurance provider for next steps.
Your windshield has a section called the Driver’s Primary Viewing Area (DVPA). As the name implies, this section is critical to giving you (the driver) an unobstructed view of the road. If your crack is in this section and has a diameter larger than one inch you’ll likely need to replace your windshield; even a talented technician may be unable to prevent distortion while repairing this part of your windshield.