There’s an adage that says, “A stitch in time saves nine.” When it comes to the world of automotive care, there’s no truer example than your vehicle’s windshield. A seemingly small chip or crack today can quickly turn into a major problem tomorrow, compromising both your safety and that of your passengers.

At Defender Auto Glass, our commitment is ensuring you’re driving with a clear and secure view. But how do you know when it’s time to replace that windshield?

Chips and Small Cracks

The smallest of chips can escalate into a significant crack if not addressed in time. Factors such as temperature fluctuations (learn why winter windshield replacement is extra important), bumps on the road, or even the vibration from your car’s speakers can cause a chip to expand. While some small chips can be repaired, their location and size often determine if a full replacement is more appropriate.

Large and Spreading Cracks

If you can see a crack that’s spreading across the windshield, it’s a clear sign that you need a replacement. Not only is a cracked windshield more susceptible to shattering, but it also decreases the structural integrity of your vehicle. In the event of a collision, a compromised windshield can have severe consequences.

Edge Cracks or Chips

Cracks or chips located right at the edge of the windshield are especially problematic. These are likely to spread quickly and can weaken the bond between the windshield and the car frame. Did you know it’s also possible for a windshield to crack without a chip?

Cloudy or Foggy Areas

Over time, the edges of the windshield may show signs of delamination, where the layers of the windshield begin to separate and create foggy or cloudy areas. This can obstruct vision and is an indicator that the windshield’s protective layers are deteriorating.


If you drive frequently, especially on highways, your windshield may fall victim to pitting. This happens when tiny airborne debris impacts the windshield at high speeds. Over time, these create numerous tiny dents or pits on the surface. When sunlight or headlights shine on these pits, it can cause glare, making it harder for you to see.

Impaired View

Your windshield’s primary job is to provide a clear view of the road. If dirt, scratches, discoloration, or any damages hinder your vision, it’s time to consult with professionals like us at Defender Auto Glass.

Previous Poor Repairs

If you notice bubbling or any signs that a previous repair is not holding, this can signal the need for a more comprehensive solution. Improper windshield repairs not only look unappealing but can also compromise safety.

In Conclusion…

Your vehicle’s windshield is more than just a piece of glass. It’s a crucial component that ensures safety, provides structural integrity to your vehicle, and offers a clear view of the road. 

At Defender Auto Glass, we understand the importance of timely windshield replacements. If you notice any of the above signs or are unsure about the state of your windshield, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of experts. Drive safe, with a clear and secure view ahead.