cracked windshield

What Should I Do About My Cracked Windshield?

You’re casually driving to work and all of a sudden a rock kicks up from the vehicle in front of you, hitting your windshield and causing it to crack. What do you do next? Do you ignore the crack? With changes in temperature, the crack will grow larger and once you mix in dirt and moisture, the crack in your windshield is going to spread further. Once they they interfere with your field of vision when driving, a cracked windshield can become extremely dangerous.

Dangers of Having a Cracked Windshield

  • Greater risk of rollover injury. Your windshield helps hold up your roof and in the case of a rollover, the roof of your car is more likely to collapse.
  • Greater risk of front-end collision danger. If you have a cracked windshield and are in a front-end collision, the windshield glass is more likely to shatter and fly around inside of the car, causing injury.
  • Ineffective windshield deployment. The windshield in a car helps push the deployed airbag towards the occupants of the vehicle and with a cracked windshield, this force is minimal, causing the windshield to ineffectively deploy.

Should I Repair or Replace the Windshield?

Chips and small cracks can often be repaired but without proper repair of any small nicks, scratches, and cracks, you ultimately might need to replace your entire windshield. Large cracks are also a safety concern so repairing your windshield as soon as possible is ideal.

 

To schedule you auto glass repair or replacement, contact our team at AllStar Windshield Centers today at (800) 900-1505.

The Importance of Advanced Drivers Assistance Systems (ADAS)

Advanced Drivers Assistance System are safety technology installed in your vehicle that work together to help reduce auto collisions and injuries.

How Do Advanced Drivers Assistance Systems Affect the Windshield?

With ADAS, front-facing cameras are typically installed on the upper, inner surface of the windshield or attached to the headliner and they must be recalibrated after a windshield replacement.  If these cameras are not calibrated properly after a windshield repair or replacement the ADAS will not work properly and will give inaccurate information to the driver.

What is ADAS Recalibraton?

After the windshield has been replaced, the ADAS cameras are reinstalled in/on the vehicle and in order for them to work properly, they need to be recalibrated.

  • Static Recalibration – A target image is mounted in front of the vehicle to assist with the recalibration process and takes roughly 45-minutes
  • Dynamic Recalibration – The vehicle is driven on a road at a specific speed to recalibrate the systems and typically takes 30-minutes to one hour.

Depending on the make and model of your vehicle, both types of recalibration might be necessary.