Is it really important to have a crack or ding in my windshield fixed right away?

The answer is yes, it is very important to fix a crack or ding in your windshield immediately. If the ding is small, it may be repairable. The windshield can be “mended” without replacing the entire windshield. These types of repairs can typically take approximately 20 minutes. In some cases, the insurance company will waive the deductible on repair service, so it’s free to you! But the longer you let the damage remain without having it fixed, the more dirt and debris will collect in the break – and the more the break will spread. If it gets too big, it’s very likely that a replacement will be necessary.

Another reason to fix a crack or ding in the windshield right away is for safety reasons. The windshield is more than just a “shield” from wind and road dirt, it’s an important structural element of the car. It helps keep you and your passengers in the car in a front impact accident, and keeps your car’s airbag in the optimum position so it can function as designed. If your windshield is weakened due to damage, it could be dangerous to you and your passengers in the event of an accident. Also, damaged glass may cause optical impediments when driving, particularly at night, which is a significant safety hazard.

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