Windshield Repair vs. Replacement: What are the rules?

cartoon glass guyNot many people know that driving in Florida with a damaged windshield is illegal. And yes, you can get pulled over and get a ticket. The way Florida law sees windshield damage is that it can cause the driver and others on the road to be in danger. If the driver has fragile auto glass, it can shatter in his face while driving. This is something that road cops want to avoid, but you can avoid it too before you find yourself being pulled over by a cop. Getting an auto glass repair, and quickly, is the best choice you can make. In most cases, you can call for a mobile windshield repair service to come right to you (wherever you are) at no additional cost. Though, when can you be sure that all your damaged windshield needs is a quick repair rather than a complete glass replacement? There are ways you can figure that out before you go or call an auto glass repair shop.

Damage in Respect to the Driver When the driver is in the vehicle, does the damaged glass affect his perception of the road? For instance, is the chip or crack in the driver’s line of sight? If so, then a windshield repair cannot be done. Repairing the chip or crack, even if it is small, will still leave behind a mark that will blur the driver’s visibility. In that case, a windshield replacement is the only option possible. It will make sure that the entire glass is taken out and a new one installed to assure that the driver can see the road without anything in the way.

The Size of the Damage The size of the damage is highly important too and should also be taken into consideration when trying to figure out if your damaged windshield can be repaired or replaced. If you find that the damage is bigger than a dollar bill, then the glass will need to be replaced. When the damage is that big, it means that the windshield is too broken and fragile to fix. Although, if the damage is smaller than a dollar bill, most times it can easily be repaired, if it is out of the driver’s line of vision, of course.

 Location of the Damage Another way to see if the chipped or cracked windshield can be repaired rather than replaced is to figure out the position of the damage. Other than the chip or crack being in the line of sight of the driver, if the damage happens to be in the corner of the auto glass, then that is big indication that the entire glass surface will need to be replaced. The reason for this is the fact that a damage in the corner can cause the windshield to break or shatter, as it is a weak spot that is no longer evenly gripped in place. Accordingly, a windshield repair is out of the question.

How Much Damage When you look at your damaged windshield, you should inspect the amount of chips or cracks in the glass. For example, does the glass have more than three chips? Then chances are that you will need to get a windshield replacement. Too many chips make the glass vulnerable to further cracking and even shattering, and it can all happen quickly. Likewise, if the glass has a large crack, (bigger than a dollar bill), then you will need to get a replacement.

In the end, knowing when your damaged auto glass can be fixed with a windshield repair and when it is crucial to be replaced can help you understand your options.