Vehicle Windshield Repair for Fall Car Care at Graff Chevrolet Okemos Collision Center
Make a mental list of all the safety features on your vehicle. Did you put your vehicle's windshield on the list? You might be surprised to know that your windshield is one of the biggest safety components your vehicle has. It not only allows you to see the road clearly, and protects you from the outside elements, but it also provides up to 45% of the structural integrity in a front-end collision, and up to 60% in a roll over accident. Your windshield helps hold your vehicle together, and keeps the roof from caving in. Even though your windshield is made up of two thick layers of glass, it is still susceptible to damage.
Chips and cracks in your windshield can take an unexpected toll on your safety. Damages to your windshield’s glass can block your vision, and will hinder its ability to provide as much protection in the event of an accident. Current chips and cracks are also subject to becoming bigger in extreme cold and hot weather. Because we experience frosty temperatures in the fall season, vehicle windshield repair for Fall Car Care at Graff Chevrolet Okemos Collision Center is of the utmost importance! We want to help you mend chips and cracks, large or small, so you can see clearly and stay safe on the road this season! Continue reading this page for more information on what can cause damage to your windshield and what to do about it. For even more tips on how to take care of your vehicle all year round, check out our routine maintenance pages.
Causes of Windshield Damage and What Can Be Done About it
Unfortunately cracks and chips can happen at any time on the road, and are most of the time, unavoidable. There are steps that you can take to help avoid them! Even though a small crack or chip in your windshield may seem like nothing, it can easily turn into a big problem and completely compromise your safety, especially during the transitional weather of the fall season.
Accidents: Accidents, both large and small, can cause your windshield to crack because of the impact and pressure. Because your windshield provides a lot of structural integrity, having even the smallest crack in your windshield can make it more fragile in an accident, leaving your safety at risk. If an accident causes damage to your windshield, make sure to have it repaired right away!
Pressure: Changes in pressure on your windshield can cause damage. Sudden changes in pressure, such as explosions, and pressure from heavy objects pressing on the windshield can cause stress cracks to the glass. Make sure to park your car in a safe place where nothing will be resting on the windshield.
Weather or Climate: In Michigan, we experience a wide range of weather. Even with two thick layers of glass, your windshield can easily be damaged by weather, like hail. Extreme hot or cold temperatures can cause the glass to expand and contract, which can enhance existing chips and cracks. To keep your windshield protected from weather elements, try to park in a covered area.
Gravel and Other Road Debris: Driving behind any utility vehicle or truck can put your windshield at risk. Big vehicles can easily lift up dirt and debris from the road with their tires. The impact of these striking your windshield can cause chips and cracks. While this may happen unexpectedly, you can try to avoid these incidents by steering clear of bigger vehicles.
Schedule Your Vehicle Windshield Repair and Fall Car Care Service at Graff Chevrolet in Okemos, MI
Your windshield protects you from the elements, allows you to see clearly, and protects you in the event of an accident, making it one of the biggest safety components on your vehicle. Now that you know the true purpose and importance of your windshield, it's time to make sure it’s ready for the seasonal changes ahead. Because of the quickly changing weather, and the fast approaching cold temperatures, you should have your vehicle windshield repaired to avoid further damage. You can schedule your vehicle windshield repair and Fall Car Care Service at Graff Chevrolet in Okemos, MI online or by giving us a call at (517) 349-8300. We'd be happy to get you and your car ready for fall at our well-equipped service center located at 1748 W Grand River Ave., Okemos, MI 48864. Our technicians are factory-trained and ASE Certified to work on any make and model. We're happy to provide service and car care tips for our neighbors in Okemos, East Lansing, Haslett, Mason, Williamston, and beyond!