When Should You Replace Your Windshield?

If your car's glass is showing signs of wear and tear, you may need to consider a replacement. Windshields are designed to last much longer than other parts of your car, such as brake pads and tires, with an average lifespan of five years. However, depending on the make and model of your car, this lifespan can vary. It's important to note that a well-maintained windshield can last the entire lifespan of a vehicle. After hearing about the debate surrounding windshield wipers, I'm curious to know how often people from different areas replace their windshields.

In my area, the Canadian Prairies, it seems that the maximum lifespan of a windshield is around three years before it starts to show signs of damage such as rock chips, cracks and stars. On average, this means that I have to replace my windshield every two and a half years. Not all cases of windshield damage are as obvious as the two examples listed above. Sometimes, small cracks and chips that are much less noticeable can be the reason behind needing a replacement. A good rule of thumb to follow is that if your car's front window has any cracks in it, then it's time to replace it.

Whether you choose to replace it immediately or wait a couple more months, the ultimate solution is to get rid of the old one. Unfortunately, many drivers forget about their windshield and neglect the signs that it's time to change it. In almost all cases, if your windshield has a crack in it, you'll need professional help and likely a replacement. For example, if a rock falls and punctures a hole in the windshield or if it splinters several times to cover the entire surface, then you will need to replace it.