The unfortunate scenario of driving behind a truck on the highway and hearing that loud snap of a rock hitting your windshield is far too common, which is why you should try to familiarize yourself with how and when to replace a windshield!

There are a few indicators you should look for when you discover a crack or chip in your windshield. Namely, the size and the location. If the location of the crack or chip has extended to the edge of the windshield, it is unlikely a spot kit can properly reverse the damage, and you will need to replace the windshield. On the other hand, if you wait too long, you give weather conditions a chance to make the damage to your windshield worse, which will further increase the likelihood of needing to replace a windshield.

Another reason that you shouldn’t just sweep damage to your windshield under the rug, is it can become a safety hazard. When a crack spreads to the point where it obstructs vision, you run a higher risk of an accident as well as breaking the law. 

If you act fast the next time you encounter a rock chip, you can take advantage of the DIY method and use a cheap store-bought kit to get the job done. This saves money and you can avoid scheduling a time with an auto body shop. It is also important that when you do encounter a large crack in your windshield, you have the professionals take care of the replacement. It is a bad idea to attempt a replacement yourself or to let an uninsured repairman do the job. So, try your best to avoid driving too closely to other cars and when you do find yourself with some windshield damage, act fast and replace a windshield the right way!