Is a Crack in the Windshield Really Going to Turn into a Big Problem?

Likely you know or have been told that if you have a chipped or cracked windshield, you need to get it repaired before it becomes a big problem. And that’s sound advice. There are a number of environmental conditions that can turn a small chip or crack in a car window into a safety threat and/or expensive repair job.

What Makes Chips and Cracks Grow

Small chips and cracks are not likely to stay small without proper auto glass repairs because of everyday conditions, like:

Temperature Changes

Temperature changes and A/C usage can exacerbate damage to a cracked car window. Rapidly cooling a hot windshield, as blasting your AC will, can cause small chips and microscopic cracks to grow. Daily temperature swings have the same effect.


Road vibrations, slamming car doors and impact from debris all contribute to enlarging chips and cracks.

Since you cannot allow your car to remain motionless without sacrificing your transportation, chips and cracks need to be taken care of right away.

Why Big Chips and Cracks Are a Problem

Too avoid another to-do item and expense, many drivers may put up with chips and cracks. But, as we’ve already observed, waiting to repair auto glass will likely only result in more expensive repairs. In the meantime, you compromise your safety because chips and cracks:

Distract drivers

A cracked or broken car window can take your attention off the road and/or impair visibility of what’s around you. That puts you, your passengers and other drivers at greater risk for an accident.

Compromise auto glass strength

Auto glass is engineered to provide crash protection, but if the glass is already weakened by chips or cracks, it cannot perform as effectively. That leaves you at greater risk for injuries in the event of an accident.

Prevent Big Auto Glass Problems

Astro Auto Glass in Albuquerque, NM can repair most types of windshield damage or replace auto glass that is beyond repair. Our chip fills and crack stops prevent further damage caused by temperature changes, vibrations and other road hazards. Repairs may take less than an hour, and we can schedule service when it’s convenient for you…even where it’s convenient for you. Contact us for proactive auto glass repair service.