Are Small Chips in Windshields Normal?

Minor damage, known as a notch, is a common occurrence on windshields. It occurs when an object hits the glass hard enough to remove the surface layer, but not hard enough to cause a crack. Pebbles, stones, and debris thrown by other vehicles are some of the most common causes of windshield chipping. In areas where rocks are used to increase traction on slippery roads, chips and cracks in windshields are more frequent. Although most rock chips and small cracks can be repaired later, it is still better to take preventive measures to avoid them.

Here are some tips on how to protect your windshield from splintering:

  • Check your windshield regularly - Inspect your windshield for any signs of damage or wear and tear. If you notice any chips or cracks, have them repaired as soon as possible.
  • Drive carefully - Avoid driving too close to other vehicles or in areas with a lot of debris. Be aware of your surroundings and drive defensively.
  • Park in a safe place - When parking your car, make sure it is in a safe place away from any potential hazards such as rocks or debris.
If you receive a ticket for having a chipped windshield, you have 24-72 hours to repair or replace it. It is recommended that if the glass surface has several chips, the windshield should be replaced as soon as possible.

The windshield provides structural stability to the car and if not properly repaired, can become a major safety hazard. If the splinter damage penetrates both layers of glass, repairing the chips will not suffice. Therefore, if your windshield splinters with a rock, take the time to repair it as soon as possible in order to avoid any potential problems. Once you prove that the windshield has been repaired, any fines will be dismissed.

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