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Will Cold Weather Make a Windshield Crack Worse?

Windshield damage, such as a crack or chip, is more likely to spread in colder temperatures. In fact, according to a study performed by the Motor Industry Research Association, windshield damage is 60% more likely to spread once temperatures drop to 32 degrees and 80% more likely to spread once temperatures reach 14 degrees. 

A Secure Windshield Improves Safety

A secure windshield is crucial to your safety and should be repaired soon after you notice any signs of damage. It doesn’t matter how big or small the damage is; cracks and rock chips will only worsen in cold weather and should be fixed quickly.

The windshield is essential to the structural integrity of your vehicle, providing up to 45% of its total strength in a front-end collision and up to 60% total strength in the event of a rollover accident. However, these percentages will decrease severely if your windshield glass suffers from cracks or rock chips. This is especially true in colder temperatures.  

Windshield covered in snow ice

How Does Cold Weather Affect Your Windshield?

Your poor car takes a beating during the winter months. The same can be said for your windshield. Windshield glass will expand and contract as temperatures go up and down.  This weakens the glass and puts added stress on areas with damage. If your vehicle’s windshield is cracked or chipped, be on the lookout for increased horizontal spreading in these areas as temperatures drop. 

Can Windshields Be Repaired in Cold Weather? 

Absolutely! Chip's Auto Glass offers mobile and in-shop auto glass repair and replacement services all year long. Some weather conditions, like precipitation or extreme humidity, might mean a slight delay while we wait for the weather to improve a bit.

Service times may vary by vehicle type, materials used, and of course, inclement weather conditions. We’ll provide you with a free estimate and a timeline for how long the repair or replacement will take, including our Safe Drive Away Time (SDAT). This is how long you’ll need to wait for any adhesives to cure and dry before your vehicle is safe to drive.

We’ll handle all the insurance work for you, so there’s no need for you to file an insurance claim.  Contact us to schedule your appointment and receive your free estimate or give us a call at 1-844-844-5277 with any additional questions.