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When You Should Take Your Car In For Windshield Repair Or Replacement

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Your car's windshield has many jobs and is extremely important to the overall integrity of the car. The windshield gives you a clear view of the whole area in front of you as you drive, and also protects those in the car from flying debris and the weather conditions. However, it also does much more than this. It also helps give the car more strength to help prevent the top of the car from collapsing in a rollover accident. In order for the windshield to continue performing all its jobs, it needs to be free of damages and defects. This is why you should take your car in right away for auto glass services if you spot any of these signs letting you know it needs repairing or replacing: 

You see a haze around the edges

If you see a white haze around the edges of your windshield, then this means the polyvinyl butyral layer that prevents the glass from shattering in an accident is coming off. This is a very serious problem because, if you should end up in an accident, then that layer is no longer there to protect you and everyone in the car from shards of glass. 

You have any visible damage to the windshield

Any visible damage to the windshield can be a serious problem for a number of reasons. For one thing, what looks like a tiny defect or just a small amount of damage can be a big deal if it causes a weak area in the windshield. Also, even a very tiny chip or crack can be a problem if you mistake it for something else while you are driving. You may see the chip out of the corner of your eye and mistake it for a car or something else. This can cause you to react in a way that causes you to get into an accident. Some cracks and chips can also cause the sun to reflect in your eyes, preventing you from seeing clearly momentarily while you are driving. 

You have a heavily pitted windshield

Windshields get pitted over time. This happens when sand and dust is blown against the windshield. It can happen much quicker when you live in a sandy area or if you drive your car through a sandstorm. When the windshield is heavily pitted, it can greatly reduce your ability to see through the windshield, and the pitting can cause a lot of scattered reflected light that can prevent you from seeing correctly for a brief amount of time.