Over time, you may discover that you’re experiencing more windshield glare than you have in the past. This glare can have a number of causes, and one very real possibility is windshield pitting. This is a problem you may not be aware of, and if that’s the case, we urge you to continue reading as we try to explain the basics of windshield pitting.
What is windshield pitting?
Windshield pitting occurs when debris like sand, hail, dust, and road salt, to name just a few, hits the windshield of your vehicle. Over the years, this debris embeds itself into the glass, creating small craters. You may not notice any difference in your windshield at first, but eventually the craters can become large enough to distort the light coming through the windshield. Potentially the end result can be glare significant enough to create a driving hazard under the right conditions.
Explaining a bit more, certain driving conditions can contribute to windshield pitting, such as driving at higher speeds. Also, driving in dusty and sandy locations can be a contributing factor, as well as the icy conditions we frequently encounter in the Chicagoland area in winter.
The dangers of pitting
Although all of this may seem pretty trivial at first, and while we don’t want to sound like alarmists, there are some problems and dangers associated with windshield pitting.
- For one thing, the rough surface created by pitting will damage the wiper blades, making them less effective in cleaning the glass.
- Years of pitting can significantly compromise the strength of the glass in your windshield, potentially creating a driving hazard.
- Finally, light refraction caused by the craters can lead to temporary blindness that can contribute to a deadly accident.
So, what’s the fix?
Frankly, there aren’t many options for fixing a badly pitted windshield. You might try polishing the glass, but that might actually make the situation worse. So, the bottom line is that windshield replacement is the best option for correcting windshield pitting.
For car glass replacement in Chicago IL, there’s no better choice than Frank’s Auto Glass. Our expert technicians can have your windshield replaced in very short order, and if your bank account is a bit strained at the moment, we always maintain an inventory of high quality used auto glass that’s easy on the budget.
Finally, if you can’t come to us, our technicians can come to you, providing the very best mobile auto glass services that Chicagoland has to offer.
Whatever your auto glass needs, Frank’s Auto Glass can handle the situation. If you need windows repaired or windows replaced, we can do it for you. So, don’t take chances with your safety. Come see us at Frank’s Auto Glass today for the very best in windshield repair and replacement.