When to complete a windshield replacement
DON'T WAIT TO REPLACE!
A damaged windshield is much more of a hazard than simply being an eye sore. Airbags are designed to deflect off the windshield. If your auto glass fails or pops out due to improper installation, you lose that vital protection. Also, an intact windshield is crucial to the overall safety of your car structure. Generally providing around half of the support strength in a rollover accident! In many cases, such as the following, insurance companies insist on replacing a windshield rather than repairing it.
In addition to safety many states, including California have laws that dictate whether or not you must replace a damaged windshield. In San Diego, the laws require that you can not drive with a damaged windshield that obstructs your view. While of course, this is up to the discretion of the law enforcement personnel that inspects the windshield it is always best to replace your windshield or auto glass if you are not sure and want to avoid a costly citation. To learn more about windshield laws in San Diego, CA visit this site. http://www.californiacarlaws.com/cracked-windshield/
You should replace your windshield if it has any of the following:
cracks or chips near the edge of the windshield
cracks longer than a certain length, usually around 3 to 6 inches
cracks that radiate in several directions
more than 2 or 3 cracks or chips
Even for-profit insurance companies recognize that it’s worth spending the money now to avoid the risk of future damage and injury as a result of a faulty windshield or auto glass!