When a little pebble flies up off the road and hits your windshield when you are going 70 miles an hour on the highway, it can leave a crack or chip in your windshield. You may think that it's impossible for such a little thing to cause any damage, but the fact is that rock is getting flung up at your windshield with a lot of force. Then when you add in the force of your car meeting the pebble, it's not surprising that damage can happen. You need to take care of it as soon as possible. 

Dangers of a Damaged Windshield

Your windshield is part of your car's safety system. It ties into the structure of your car and helps to maintain the structural integrity of your car. Any damage to your windshield can risk the full safety system of your car. 

Another issue is that any crack or ship can let water in your windshield. That water can cause your windshield to delaminate. The window is actually made up of at least two pieces of glass with a special bonding agent in between the layers. The layers are compressed together. Lamination makes the window stronger. It can also prevent it from shattering into the passenger compartment of your car if you are in an accident. Delamination can negate that effect. 

Windshield Replacement

Getting your windshield replaced isn't anything that you should try yourself. That's because the windshield needs to be placed very precisely. If it isn't, it can affect your safety. It can also cause things like leaks in your car since the seal may not be seated correctly. Having a professional fix your windshield means that you are going to get a replacement that is just like the one that originally came with your car and that it will be placed correctly. 

Having a damaged windshield is no laughing matter. As soon as you realize that your windshield has been damaged, you need to contact someone such as A1 Auto Glass to fix it. Most window replacement companies will be able to come right to where you are. That means that you don't even have to take time out of your busy schedule to get your windshield fixed. They will also work with your insurance company. You may be able to get your windshield fixed at no cost to you, if your insurance covers it completely.