We often take our windshields for granted until they suddenly get damaged and we are forced to weigh the consequences. Even small airborne particles can hit the glass with significant impact. Some are lucky enough to walk away with minor chipping. This can be fixed quickly through professional repair work. Others are not as fortunate as their cracked windshield has signs of extensive damage. Repair will not do because this kind of situation calls for a replacement. Many car owners put off repairing or replacing their windshield because they feel that it can wait or it is unimportant. However, as this article discusses, your windshield acts as more than a barrier against the elements of nature.