Damage to your car's windshield is more than an inconvenience, it is also a safety hazard. The following are just a few of the reasons why you need to fix a damaged windshield immediately.

1. The Damage Will Only Worsen

What appears to be only a small, unobtrusive chip or crack won't stay that way. If ignored, the crack will continue to grow due to temperature fluctuations and road vibrations. If you address the damage right after it occurs, you may be able to have it repaired. This will save you the cost and inconvenience of a full windshield replacement.

2. Chips Compromise Glass Integrity

Your windshield is not quite as safe when it has damage. This is especially true if the damage extends all the way to the edge of the glass since this can compromise the seal and allow water to leak into the car. Although rare, it's possible for the seal to give out on the damaged windshield while you are operating the vehicle. Be safe and have the glass repaired before it reaches this point.

3. Moisture Can Seep Into Your Car

Moisture seepage through a damaged seal or chipped glass can lead to interior damage in your car. The excess moisture can cause mold or mildew to develop on upholstery, carpeting, or even inside the dash. Further, the moisture seeping in can leave water spots on the interior of your windshield, which can impede visibility. This impairment is especially problematic when you are driving and unable to clean the moisture from the window safely.

4. Accident Risk Can Be Greater

Cracks and chips can increase your risk of an accident, and your risk of injury in the case of an accident. If the damage obstructs your view, you are more likely to hit another vehicle, a curb, or even a pedestrian. Further, if you are in an accident, the compromised windshield is more likely to shatter and cause injuries to you and any passengers.

5. Visibility May Be Compromised

You can be ticketed for a damaged windshield, particularly if the damage is on the driver's side and considered to be in the line of sight. Even if you don't have a visible crack, damage may still be compromised. For example, etching and haze from windshield wipers or sandblasting can also impede visibility due to glare, which means you need to have the pits polished out or the glass replaced to ensure safety.

Contact an auto glass repair service for more help.