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Local experts say cold temperatures can cause chips and cracks in your windshield to spread

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Cold temperatures can make chips and cracks in your windshield get even worse. And if you wait too long to fix them, it could cost you hundreds of dollars in the long run.

Lynn Wombles, with Glass One in Quincy, said during the winter, things like gravel and road salt can lead to chipped or cracked windshields. She said once your windshield is cracked, it becomes a safety hazard.

"When it comes to a crack, the minute it's cracked you should have it replaced for safety reasons," Wombles said. "It's a structure of your vehicle and when your windshield is cracked it weakens the structure of your vehicle. So you can get a ticket for a cracked windshield, it doesn't have to be a certain length."

Wombles also said most insurance companies will waive your deductible and will pay for the repair but it depends on your insurance company. But she said you'll likely have to pay your deductible to replace the whole windshield.

"The longer they're there, because it's not a cosmetic repair, the harder they are to clear up," Wombles said. "And once you turn your defrosters on and it's cold, then that also makes them run. The cold on the outside of the windshield and then the warm on the inside."

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