Especially if you live in a location with harsh winters, like we can have in North Vancouver, you know this scenario all too well: you’re driving on the highway a few days after a snowfall. Although you’re a safe distance behind the semi-truck in front of you, it seems to target every pebble on Earth right toward your front windshield. And inevitably, you hear the ping. You frantically check your windshield and indeed see a tiny chip, but luckily it doesn’t seem bad enough to warrant full windshield repair.
A few days later, you get into your car to drive to work and somehow this tiny windshield chip has spread into a full-fledged crack across your windshield. Now, it seems like the crack could merit windshield repair. You decide to take it into an auto glass shop, and by this point your crack looks like someone smashed your windshield with a hammer. You need a full windshield replacement. Believe it or not, multiple outside factors converge to worsen your windshield chip. Learn more below about the reasons tiny cracks spread, and why windshield chip repair is an important part of car maintenance.