No matter the season, visibility is an essential part of safe driving. In the wintertime especially, when dirty slush or road salt can be flung back at your car, drivers should be regularly maintaining their windshield. When the glass is dirty, it can affect how well you can view the road around you, whether its day or night.

  • Clean the inside of the windshield too. Dust can gather over time, and then the driver may notice the glass doesn’t seem clean even when they use their windshield wiper fluid. In that case, it’s most likely because the inside of the glass has been neglected.
  • At the right angle, the sun or passing vehicle lights can hit your dirty windshield and drastically reduce visibility.
  • Having a clean windshield helps extend the life of your windshield wipers. When they pass over smooth, clean glass, there’s less for the rubber to get caught on.

Even if you’re on top of windshield cleanliness, accidents can happen at any time and damage the glass. A windshield should be replaced if:

  • The crack is bigger than 3 inches.
  • The crack is located in the driver’s line of sight.
  • The crack extends to the outside edge of the windshield.
  • There’s more than one crack or chip.

In some cases, the damage can be repaired without a full replacement if:

  • The crack is smaller than 3 inches.
  • The damage is only considered a chip, which are typically caused by rocks flying back to hit the glass when driving, and its diameter is smaller than an inch.
  • The chip didn’t penetrate through the glass and is more of a surface damage.

The changing of seasons can also be a hard time on your vehicle’s glass as it contracts and expands depending on the temperature. If you have a small chip, get it looked at sooner rather than later. Leaving it could mean it becomes a large crack when the right pressure is applied.

If you’re dealing with auto body damage, whether it be from a collision or debris from driving on the road, then you’ll need expert repair. Superior Collision Center has a location in Eagan and handles damages from big to small.