Your car or truck’s windshield performs many valuable safety functions to keep you protected, so it must have no flaws or damage. If you have problems with your windshield, and you are in Gainesville, Georgia or the Oakwood, and Flowery Beach areas, then Carriage Collision Center in Gainesville can replace or repair that damaged windshield so that you don’t lose any of its benefits.
The most obvious function of your vehicle’s windshield is to protect you and your passengers from flying road debris, such as rocks and dust, and weather conditions. When wind and rain are flying in your face at 60 miles per hour, you will have difficulty with visibility and are more likely to be injured without this barrier. However, your windshield is more than just blocking you from the weather. The windshield’s safety glass is also designed to stay relatively cohesive during an accident, so you are less likely to die or have more serious injuries from ejection.
Windshield problems usually consist of air leaks, distortions, or cracks. Distortions and leaks are often the results of poor installation or construction. However, the most common problem that most car owners have is a cracked or chipped windshield. A small crack can easily grow into a large one, so it needs to fixed as soon as possible to keep that problem to a minimum. Larger cracks, as well as serious distortions, often require a complete windshield replacement.
When your windshield is leaking or severely cracked, then it could fail during a serious accident when you need it the most. The windshield also provides some support to your roof and, if it is weakened, can contribute to your vehicle’s roof collapse. On top of that, if the crack is severe, then your visibility will be obscured both by the crack itself as well as sunlight reflecting off of it.
If you must have your windshield replaced, then you might want to consider having your windshield upgraded to improve visibility and durability. For example, you can have a tinted windshield installed to provide better protection from the sun. Some windshield brands have extra coatings or thickness that increase clarity, resist ice, and can even reduce outside noise. One of our technicians can discuss your replacement windshield and any options available for your make and model.
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