As the auto glass and windshield repair experts, it is our job to conduct and share industry-leading research to understand how glass damage could impact you. If you have a chip or crack in your windshield, it not only impairs your view of the road and other cars, but it is a safety hazzard. In a recent windshield damage study, we learned that stressors like extreme temperatures or unsafe driving conditions will cause existing windshield chips and cracks to spread quickly.
Cold weather stress
In cold weather conditions, windshields will develop a more concave shape. As a result, windshield chips and dings are more likely to spread in a horizontal fashion. According to a study conducted by the Motor Industry Research Association (MIRA), chips were likely to spread more than 80 percent of the time at temperatures of 14 degrees (-10° C). Those tested at 32 degrees were nearly 60 percent likely to crack.