If you have a windshield or window in your car, truck or RV that has cracks or chips, you may be wondering what can be done. Cracked windshields are best replaced, but there are some exceptions, and knowing what you can do for them is important if you want to keep costs down while maintaining safety. 

Chipped or cracked windshields, windows, and even mirrors can be a real problem in keeping your vehicle safe.  But replacing them isn’t always the first option you consider: you need to have the time available, and you wonder what your insurance will cover and what they won’t.

Check with your insurance first, of course. If you have full coverage, most policies cover windshield replacement after a deductible, with some limiting the number of replacements per year.  If you have full glass coverage, you are completely covered.

If you have a small chip—under the size of a quarter—you can likely repair it rather than having to replace the entire windshield.  If you have a crack, plan to replace the glass; it is more likely to spread than to hold still, even with a repair, and you need an intact windshield to be safe.

If the problem is that your windshield fogs up easily, you may have a problem with too much humidity in your vehicle. Most people know that you get fog when the inside of the vehicle is warmer than the outside, so you turn on your defroster because it warms up the glass and dries the moisture out of the air.

But you can also get foggy windshields more often if your windshield wasn’t properly set.  This same issue can cause a lot of leaking, which leads to rust.  Make sure your windshield is installed by someone who takes the time to clean any previous rust off and ensure your new glass is properly set and dried in.