What to do if you have a small crack in your windshield?

Is it safe to drive with a small crack in the windshield?

It’s generally not dangerous to drive with a small crack in the windshield, but damaged glass should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible for two important reasons: Windshields weakened by damage provide less protection. Cracked windshields decrease visibility.

Can a single crack in windshield be repaired?

Some chips and cracks can be easily repaired without expensive professional help – see my guide on DIY crack repair and the best repair kits for all kinds of windshield damanges. Pretty much any shop should be able to repair chips of about one-inch diameter and cracks about three inches long.

Should I worry about a crack in my windshield?

Driving with a cracked windshield is never a good idea. The crack could impede your ability to see the road ahead and therefore interfere with your ability to safely operate your vehicle. You should contact a reliable auto glass repair company soon after a crack appears on the windshield.

What should a windshield replacement cost?

How Much Will My Windshield Replacement Cost? On average, a windshield replacement can run anywhere from $200 to $400. The cost for your windshield replacement is determined not only by the type of auto glass company you hire for the job but also where your car is fixed.

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Should I use my insurance to fix my windshield?

If you need a new windshield and want your insurance to help ease your pane, your rates shouldn’t take a hit – if you have coverage. “That’s a comprehensive claim and it won’t cause your rates to increase,” says Anne Marie Thomas, senior manager of partner relationships for rate-comparison site Insurance Hotline.

Does windshield crack repair work?

Absolutely. Repairing versus replacing a windshield maintains the original factory seal. A small chip or crack can often be repaired in just 30 minutes, saving a fleet time and money. The chip repair process works like this: A vacuum is created over the damaged area.

Can a 12 inch crack in windshield be repaired?

The Repair of Laminated Automotive Glass Standard (ROLAGS) guide published by the National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA) states that chips or bullseyes up to 1 inch in diameter or cracks as long as 12 to 14 inches in length can be safely fixed.

How big of a crack can be repaired on a windshield?

Safelite can usually repair your windshield when:

The chip or crack is 6 inches or smaller. You have three chips or less. The damage is not in front of a camera or sensor.