Heavy trucks spend a lot of time on the road. In fact, according to the American Trucking Association, there are more than 3.5 million heavy trucks on the road at any given time. Those trucks don’t just drive from point A to point B. They have to make deliveries, haul materials and perform other tasks along their route. For that reason, truck windshields get a lot of wear and tear — especially in an industry where everything needs to be seen clearly to ensure safe driving conditions. Drivers need to be able to see through the windshield so they can see what is coming up ahead and react accordingly without difficulty. If you’re a driver or an operator of a heavy truck business, it’s important that you know what to look for if your windshield starts showing signs of deterioration sooner than expected or if it becomes cracked from an accident or another incident.
When To Repair vs. When to Replace?
There are several factors to consider when deciding whether to repair or replace your truck windshield. The first and most important factor is safety. If your windshield is severely damaged, you must return it as soon as possible. Driving with a cracked windshield is dangerous, and it’s against the law in many states. If you have time to plan for a windshield replacement, you need to take into account the cost, the amount of time the job will take, and the windshield’s overall condition. It’s always better to replace a cracked windshield rather than repair it. Cracks that are shorter than 3 inches can usually be repaired. If the damage is longer than 3 inches, it’s best to replace the windshield instead of repairing it.