Repairing a rock chip in your windshield is especially important during the extreme temperature months. While some rock chips may be simply cosmetic, many can seriously affect your ability to see well enough to drive and may result in more severe cracks.
During the cold winter months, rock chip damage to your windshield can spread due to moisture, low temperatures, and storm conditions.
Why is rock chip repair necessary?
When the critical vision area of your windshield (drivers line of view) is damaged, it is recommended that your windshield be replaced. Rock chip damage outside of this area can usually be repaired. In either case, you should have an auto glass specialist evaluate your windshield as soon as possible.
Driving with a chipped windshield during the winter can be especially hazardous. Strong winds and flying debris can further damage an already weakened chipped windshield.
Moisture from ice and snow can get trapped inside the crack. As temperatures drop, the moisture freezes and expands, thus increasing pressure on the windshield and causing more severe cracks.
A chipped or cracked windshield affects the structural integrity of the car making it more difficult to withstand the potential bumps and dings from icy winter driving.
Extremes in temperatures, trying to defrost the windshield or physical impacts from trying to scrape off ice and snow place additional stress on an already compromised windshield.
What about DIY rock chip repair?
It is best to let a certified rock chip repair expert solve the problem.
Resin materials are injected into the chip. Failure to do this properly can lead to further damage. More damage means you, your passengers and any items in your car are at risk of damage. Why take the risk?