It's not as hard as you might think it is to replace a window. Usually, I prefer to have an experienced glass company take care of it when I need a window replaced, but sometimes, they can't get to me as fast as I'd like, or I can't afford a new window right away. I keep a few inexpensive panes of glass and some supplies in my garage so that I can temporarily replace a window until I can get the glass company to my house to install a better one. This is definitely something that anyone could learn to do, so I decided to start a blog about it to try to teach others how to replace windows. Whether you're temporarily replacing a window or you want to do a permanent job, you can learn the basics here in this blog.
Do you own the vehicle that you're driving now? Has the windshield been damaged recently by a rock or by some other piece of debris? If you've never had to deal with this situation before, you may be wondering what needs to be done if anything. The right course of action is to have the windshield repaired as soon as you can. While dealing with a broken windshield isn't terribly difficult, it is still something that many drivers try to put off for as long as possible. But the longer you delay a solution, the more issues you may have. These can include:
Tickets: Depending on where you live and what sort of damage has occurred, driving around with broken auto glass may be a serious offense that can be ticketed. In some cases, you may get pulled over for having a damaged windshield, while in other instances, you may get a ticket for this as an addition to any parking or traffic tickets that a police officer would otherwise be writing. Sometimes, you can get the ticket overturned by having the windshield replaced and bringing proof of this to the courthouse, but it's still time and money wasted when you could otherwise have been doing something else.
Accidents: The reason why having damaged auto glass is something that is frowned upon by various municipalities is that it can cause accidents for various reasons. Not only can the actual cracks or chips obscure your vision, but there is also the potential for glare that causes you to not see oncoming traffic or pedestrians in your path. If you get into an accident and the insurance company or companies discover that your windshield was already damaged before, you could be found at fault even if you believe that there was nothing that someone with an undamaged windshield could have done.
Lost money: If you just have minor damage to your windshield right now, you may be able to go to an auto glass shop and have them repair it for a nominal fee. But the longer you wait, the more likely it is that various stresses will cause the damage to spread. Once the damaged area has reached a certain size, there's no option but to replace the entire thing. By taking your vehicle to an auto glass shop as soon as possible, you'll at least be able to see if a repair can be done or if you must have it replaced anyway.