Windshields are one of the most important safety features in your car, after all, if they were not there, then you would have high winds rushing through the vehicle along with everything that was blown in with that air. Still, a lot of people underestimate just how vital these pieces of glass are, and that can be to their own detriment. If your windshield has a little crack or chip or seems loose in any way, you need to call an auto window replacement mechanic immediately. It is not safe to drive with a slightly damaged windshield and here's why.
Glass Can Injure You
While the glass in your windshield is designed to not break in a way that can hurt you as much as, say, glass in your home's windows or a broken glass you drink out of, that does not mean it cannot injure you. This is especially true if it breaks when you are driving at speed because the glass will shatter and get blown into every orifice and opening in your body. This can happen due to anything from a stray pebble on the road getting zipped into your windshield or even just a large bump that is the final nail in the coffin. You cannot drive with an even slightly damaged windshield, otherwise, this is a possibility.
Rain And Water Can Come In
Even if your windshield doesn't break while you are driving, if it has a crack or any kind of entry point that water can squeeze in, then that is exactly what will happen. This can occur when you aren't in the car, and soak your entire front half of the car as well as potentially destroy the electrical equipment in your car, from your radio to your dashboard. While this may not be as dramatic as the windshield bursting into pieces, it is a real threat and one that can put your car out of business for longer than just shards of glass on your floor.
If you don't have a sealed environment in which to drive then there is a decent chance you can get distracted from the outside road. If you have a small chip or crack in the window, then not only will rainwater get in but so will a bunch of noise and smells that you cannot stop. These distractions are not only extremely frustrating to have to put up with, but they can cause you to focus on something other than driving and thus cause accidents. Do not let your focus get pulled away from the road, return your car to a nice, controlled environment with a new windshield and put this mess behind you.
For more info about windshield replacement, contact a local company.