Rock chipped windshields may not seem like a huge problem, but if left unrepaired they can cause greater damage to develop. Many rock chips can lead to windshield cracks. If these cracks inhibit your view, it can make driving dangerous and often times illegal.
At Auto Glass Specialists Utah, we understand exactly how dangerous these cracks can be. Luckily, we provide residents of Salt Lake County with rock chip repair services to help prevent greater damage from occurring. Better yet, if you have a rock chip in your windshield, we can come to you to repair it.
Before you give us a call about our rock chip repair services, let us explain why you should repair a rock chip in your windshield and all the hazards that accompany these chips.
Rock Chips and Windshield Cracks
When it comes to windshield rock chips, there are a few different types. Bullseye, half moon, and star rock chips all pose different risks and dangers, however, star rock chips are one of the most concerning. These rock chips are able to spread and cause your windshield to crack easier than bullseye or half moon cracks.
When your windshield gets a rock chip, moisture is able to get inside. During the winter months, this can cause a crack to form across your windshield. This decreases your visibility and can cause the sun to reflect off it, causing a distraction. Distractions like this, and decreased visibility, can make driving more dangerous. To prevent this, it is recommended you have your windshield rock chips repaired before they are able to spread and form cracks.
Why Repair a Rock Chip? Utah Laws
In addition to the safety hazards, if rock chips spread into cracks it will be difficult to pass Utah’s safety and emissions tests. According to the Utah Department of Public Safety, windshield cracks cannot be anywhere within the six inch border that surrounds your windshield.
Any cracks longer than one inch that fall into this area will not be able to pass these tests. This area is incredibly sensitive, compared to the center of the windshield, and if damaged in an accident the crack could cause the windshield to shatter.
If you take your vehicle in for a safety and emissions test in Utah with a crack in this area, you will waste money and have to have the windshield repaired or replaced before you are able to pass these tests. Saving your time and money, while also ensuring your vehicle is safe, are just a few reasons you should repair a rock chip before it becomes a more serious issue.
Give Us a Call Today!
If your vehicle’s windshield has a rock chip, contact the Auto Glass Specialists Utah to have it repaired. You can contact us here or give us a call at 385.245.9989 for a free quote.