For some cars are a necessity, and for others, they’re a hobby. Regardless of where you stand with your car, there’s a common ground that we can all agree on: having to spend money on repairs is the worst! Not only are unexpected repairs an additional cost that you might not have been thinking of, but they often mean that your car is out of commission for a certain amount of time. That being said, when given a chance to postpone a repair, most of us will take it.
Even when you can let repairs and replacements go for a while, they eventually need to be done. A prime example of a repair that often gets put on the back burner is a windshield. It doesn’t necessarily affect how well the vehicle runs, but it definitely contributes to the level of safety when driving.
Whether you’ve been putting off a windshield repair or you’re trying to justify that there’s still some time before you absolutely need to have your windshield replaced, today’s blog is for you. We are going to cover a few of the signs that make it clear: it’s time to get your windshield replaced!
It’s Blocking Your View
One of the primary signs that it’s time to get your windshield replaced is going to be something that you can answer in a matter of seconds: Do the cracks on your windshield affect your view? While there are small chips or cracks that are located low enough on the windshield for them not to create a hazard while driving, the second that your view is obstructed it’s time to get a replacement.
Not only will a crack that blocks your view becomes a very serious hazard, but it’s also illegal for you to have a crack on the driver’s side of your windshield that sits at eye level. So, if you aren’t wanting to spend even more money on your windshield, it’s best to get it taken care of before you have to pay a ticket on top of the cost of a replacement.
Your Windshield Shows Pitting
Most drivers that have a long commute or spend most of their drive time on a highway are likely to expose their windshields to quite a bit of debris. Whether it’s gravel from the road or debris from construction, this type of exposure to your windshield can lead to something called pitting. When a windshield has been hit by this type of sharp debris, it will often leave a small pit in the windshield. While it may not seem like a big problem, these pits can become serious hazards the moment that light shines on them. At that time, the light begins to reflect and scatter light, making it extremely distracting as you drive.
You’ve Experienced Leaks
A severe sign that it’s time to replace your windshield is going to come in the form of a leak. As with anything, a leak is never a good thing to have. This is especially true for any glass that is designed to keep liquids out. If you start to notice moisture building up on the inside of your windshield or you see a full-on leak, it’s time to get your windshield replaced — immediately!
It’s Only Getting Worse
While one crack may not seem like the end of the world, the longer that it goes uncared for, the bigger of a problem it becomes. Between additional exposure to debris, cold temperatures, and time, it’s only expected that the condition of your windshield gets worse. After some time, it’s crucial to realize that this repair needs to happen in order to safely drive your vehicle, and while it may be an unexpected cost, it’s a repair that you’re going to enjoy the minute you get behind the wheel.
Contact West Texas Windshields
If you have noticed one or more of the points above when looking at your windshield, then it’s time for you to schedule your windshield replacement. Our team offers our high-quality windshield repair services in Odessa and surrounding areas in West Texas. Browse the locations that we serve and contact us today for a quote or for any additional assistance you may need.