A windshield rock chip happens quickly and without warning, and unfortunately, a small chip can turn into a crack. It can happen when you’re driving down the freeway, minding your business, when a semi changes lanes in front of you and kicks up a small piece of gravel. Suddenly, through no fault of your own, you have a chip in your windshield. Such is the reality of operating a vehicle on Salt Lake City’s construction-heavy roads. These small defects in your windshield might not seem worth the trouble of fixing, but they can actually lead to much bigger problems. Here’s why you should consider repairing rock chips in your windshield as quickly as possible.
A Small Problem Quickly Becomes Bigger
When small rocks hit your windshield, they can cause a damaged spot in the glass, known as a rock chip. These little chips in the windshield are a concern because of what they can become: a large and spreading crack. Dirt and debris can become embedded in even the tiniest chip, with wind and wipers pushing dirt further into the damaged spot. Water can freeze and expand in the chip, causing even more damage. Any changes in pressure can also easily cause a crack to form from a small rock chip, and these cracks can occur while driving.
The Windshield is Structurally Important
Although a chipped or cracked windshield may look like it’s still functioning properly, the damage significantly weakens the strength of the windshield. That’s important because a windshield actually contributes to a car’s structural strength. In an accident such as a roll-over, or crash, the windshield helps to support the roof of the car, prevents passengers from being thrown from the vehicle, and allows airbags to deploy safely and properly. Suddenly, not repairing a windshield rock chip is potentially compromising your physical safety.
It’s a Safety Issue
Besides your own safety, other people’s wellbeing is in jeopardy when you drive with a chipped or cracked windshield. Large cracks can obstruct your view while driving, potentially leading to accidents or even pedestrian harm. In the state of Utah, cracks in the windshield can also be the cause of a traffic citation for failure to meet vehicle safety standards.
Repair is Fast and Affordable
Rock chips are easy for a professional to repair and much more affordable than replacing a windshield—which is inevitable once those chips turn to cracks. Repairs are made by windshield technicians assessing the damage and choosing the right type of repair. After cleaning the area, applying a UV-hardened resin, and ensuring the repair is completely smooth, the windshield is as good as new. The whole process takes as little as 30 minutes and prevents much more costly repairs or replacement expenses.
Contact Utah Mobile Auto Glass
Now that you understand the importance of repairing your windshield rock chip, it’s time to call the experts. At Utah Mobile Auto Glass, we offer mobile service for your rock chip repair, free for all customers within 25 miles of our Sandy location. Whether you’re in Lehi or Salt Lake City, Utah, we’re conveniently located to provide you fast, mobile service. Contact us today to schedule a repair.