Having your windshield broken is never fun and as busy as most people are it is never convenient. Driving with a cracked windshield can cost you more than just a repair. In most areas and most states having a crack winshiled can land you pulled over and getting a ticket for something that was not your fault to begin with.
It will depend on the state laws and insurance guidelines. If your state requires vehicle inspections it is likely your car would fail for having a windshield cracked or broken on the passenger side. If your state does not inspect autos it is likely that they have a law or statute that makes it illegal to have a broken windshield. For example, in Ohio it is unlawful to operate a car with a broken windshield that is fractured or discolored so that the driver’s view is distorted.
Depending on the type of damage that your windshield has suffered, it might be possible to repair it. Windshield repair is a fast, safe and cost-efficient way to ensure that your windshield is in a good operational state. A good repair specialist should be able to fill in, cure and then polish a chipped windshield in about half an hour to an hour tops. If you have comprehensive auto insurance, chances are that your insurer will pay all associated fees as well.
Now, every windshield replacement job must adhere to certain safety and quality standards. The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 205. This regulation sets very precise standards for auto glass transparency and strength. Also the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 212, addresses windshield mounting standards. This means that the windshield must be able to withstand certain amounts of damage/force during an accident. Know that American Auto Glass is ceritified installers and adhere to all safety standards and glass quality regulations.
If your windshield has a large chip or a crack that’s more than 2–3 inches long, the entire windshield replaced will need to be replaced. There are many different cases that may require full windshield replacement, such as a chip located directly in the driver’s line of sight. Since most repair jobs leave a sort of a blurred looking impression on the glass (which can cause slight distortions), it is considered unsafe to repair any cracks or dents that can affect the driver’s vision.
Minor windshield damage that’s been left unrepaired for a long time can cause serious long-term issues (fills up with dust, spreads, etc) and is very difficult to repair. Cracks along the sides of a windshield are extremely dangerous, because they tend to spread quickly. Most repair shops will insist on replacing such windshields. Now, getting your windshield replaced is not as straightforward as you may think. There are various safety standards that all replacement technicians must adhere to and you must ensure that your chosen repairs company follows these standards to the letter.
As you can see, windshield repair and replacement is not as straightforward as choosing the cheapest provider in your area. You have to ensure that any work done adheres to all existing safety standards and that any materials used are of the highest quality.
While this may seem cumbersome and unnecessary, there really is a need for more consistency and accountability in the windshield repair/replacement industry. Furthermore, some insurance providers will only pay out when using certain repair technicians/companies, so knowing your way around these rules can both improve your safety on the road and save you money!
So now that you know you need to get your windhield fixed, you should also know this. American Auto Glass will come to you. Many of our customers choose to have our convenient mobile technicians visit their home or workplace for mobile auto glass repairs or replacement. How easy is that, one call to set up the time and place and you are done. Makes having a cracked windshield a little easy to deal with.