It doesn't seem to matter how careful you are, incidents while driving occur. You could be driving down the road, enjoying the scenery while playing music, and then suddenly a truck in front of you slings a rock at your windshield creating a chip. Even a small rock can create a chip that you might think is no big deal. Unfortunately, it is a big deal and it is something that needs to be taken care of soon. If this has happened to you for the first time, here is what you need to know.
A Chip Can Spread Fast
Even a small chip can mean future replacement of the entire windshield, if not addressed as soon as possible. However, it doesn't usually happen all by itself. Certain conditions can cause the chip to spread into cracks, making the chip look like a spider with legs spreading through the entire windshield. Here are some of those conditions:
- freezing temperatures
- bumpy roads
- pot holes
- sudden temperature changes
Some States Require Free Repair or Replacement
Depending on where you live, and whether you carry comprehensive auto insurance on your vehicle, you may be able to have these chips repaired for free. Full windshield replacement is also available. States that require insurance companies to fully cover these repairs are:
- South Carolina
However, since laws and insurance rules are always changing, ask your insurance company if they cover this cost. It is possible that they may, regardless of whether the law requires them to.
Mobile Services Come to You
If you just don't have the time to take your vehicle to the shop for windshield chip repair, mobile services are available. You can schedule a time frame for them to come to you.
If you work all day and then have to pick up the kids after work, ask the mobile service to come to your place of employment to fix or replace the windshield. It's possible that you could go to work with a chip in your windshield, and then leave with it completely gone.
Now that you know why you need to fix a chip in your windshield immediately, and that it can be fixed no matter where you are, take advantage of the mobile windshield repair and replacement companies in your area. The last thing you need on a cold winter's morning is be driving down the road and have your entire windshield crack to the point where you can't see what's in front of you.
To learn more, contact an auto glass service company like X-Treme Auto Glass.