Cracks in your windshield are a huge pain, even if they’re just a little chip on the passenger side.
Most of the time, we just end up trying to ignore these windshield issues. After all, many times it’s just a little crack, and you can see just fine.
1 million windshields are replaced every year in Canada. Unless you get the crack inspected right away, it could spread and cause irreparable damage. Your windshield could become one of the million that have to be replaced.
If you don’t want to find out how much a windshield replacement costs, keep it from spreading by using these tips.
1. Protect Your Windshield from the Elements
Mother Nature can be rough on cars. Changes in temperature, exposure to sun, and even wind could cause the crack to expand.
The best way to stop the windshield crack from spreading is to park your car inside or under protective covering. This will offer some extra protection until you can get a repair appointment.
2. Use Super Glue or Nail Polish as a Temporary Fix
There are two products that could work as a temporary fix until you can get to a repair shop. These household products should only be used to stop a windshield crack from spreading if the crack is small.
Superglue: Very gently apply the glue in an even layer over the crack. Wait for it to completely dry before using your car.
Clear Nail Polish: Clear nail polish can work in a similar way to superglue. Clean away any dust and dirt that has gotten into the crack before applying a generous amount to both the inside and outside of your windshield. Let dry completely before moving your car.
It’s important to note that these are very temporary measures, and are an extra precaution you can take before bringing your car in for a professional appointment.
3. Call Someone to Come and Take a Look
That’s all well and good for small chips and cracks, but what about larger cracks that impair your visibility?
At this point you shouldn’t even drive your car to the repair shop. Instead, put in a call and have someone come to you and take a look.
Chances are if you’ve been hit by flying debris, ice, or even an animal, your windshield has many cracks and isn’t safe to drive.
We have a tow service available 24/7 to anyone in the Ottawa Valley, no matter the problem. Our hotline number is 613-728-1908. We recommend saving this number in your phone in case you need it.
4. Get a Silicone Fill from Us
The best way to stop a windshield crack from spreading is to have it repaired as quickly as possible.
In many cases, a small crack or chip can be easily repaired. At Bemac, we use a silicone fill that is almost invisible to the eye. This gives you back your visibility, and prevents more extensive damage. After we make the repair, we’ll give you recommendations for next steps.
If the crack is overly large or complex, a windshield replacement may be the only option. We provide replacement windshield and installation services right on site.
Without a Repair, Cracks Can Spread and Put You in Danger
Whether it’s a repair or replacement, the most important thing when you get a crack, chip or scratch in your windshield is to take action.
Your windshield doesn’t just help you see – it helps protect you on the road. Those two layers of glass and polyvinyl are responsible for the structural integrity of your roof, support passenger airbags, and protect you if you’re thrown forward.
A crack compromises your safety and the safety of those traveling with you. And that’s the last thing you want.
Make an appointment with us to have the crack in your windshield examined as soon as possible. We’ll get you back on the road as soon and as safely as possible.