If you have a chip in your windshield, even if it is very small, you need to get it repaired immediately. If you do this as soon as you notice the chip, you may be able to do it on your own. To help you, below are tips on repairing the chip, as well as why it is so important that you do so.

Repairing a Chip

Visit an auto supply store and purchase a windshield repair kit. It will come with the right supplies to use it properly. It will also come with complete instructions on how to repair the chip. Before you get started, however, there are some things you must do to prepare the windshield.  

First, make sure your car is in the shade, otherwise the resin that is used to repair the chip will harden much quicker than it should. The day should also not be too hot. Because of this, choose a day that is overcast. If the temperature is very hot, you could repair the chip inside your garage if it is heat controlled.

Use glass cleaner to clean the glass that is surrounding the chip. This is because the repair kit uses suction cups, and these cups will not form a proper suction if the windshield is dirty.

Inspect the chip closely, and if you see any type of small pieces of glass that are loose inside the crack, use a razor blade to remove them. When finished, let the windshield dry completely.

Importance of Windshield Chip Repair

Repairing the windshield chip can save you a lot of money, because if you do not repair it, the chip may turn into a crack. Once a small crack appears, this crack will start to spread, and may eventually spread across a lot of your windshield.

Your windshield also offers structural support for your car. For example, if you are in a roll-over car accident, the windshield can help prevent your car's roof from caving in. This is only, however, if the windshield is in good condition.

Windshield chips can also obstruct your view. Even if your view is obstructed a small amount, this can affect your driving.

If a police officer happens to see the windshield chip, you may get a ticket. This is because this is a safety hazard to other drivers.

If you are not able to repair the chip on your own, take your car to a windshield repair professional to have the chip repaired.