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You’ve probably heard that it’s important not to let a chip or crack in your windshield go unrepaired in the winter months, but do you know why?

Say a truck kicked up a rock that made contact with your windshield and resulted in a small crack. It’s not in your line of sight, so you don’t think much of it. But as your vehicle sits overnight and the temperatures dip, the glass of your windshield contracts.

In the morning, you start your car up and get the heater running. Once that warm air makes contact with the windshield, it heats the glass, causing it to expand.

What do you think happens to that tiny crack from the day before when the glass starts to expand?

It starts to spread.

Before you know it, you’re dealing with a much larger crack. If it gets too out of hand to repair, you’ll wind up having to spring for a whole new windshield.

Save yourself the headache of having to replace your windshield and get any rock chips or small cracks repaired right away.