If your windshield is cracked or chipped, it is usually best to get it replaced. While there are some instances when a simple repair may be enough, the integrity of the glass is destroyed and the damage could easily grow into something that is dangerous. When you contact the auto glass company about a replacement, you may want to ask for some of the special features available to be put into the glass.

Rain Sensor

A rain sensor is a small device that can be attached to a windshield. When rain is sensed, the windshield wipers are automatically turned on. Although it is something separate that is attached to the glass, the windshield needs to have a small port in it that allows the sensor to register the rain. This device can be handy if you would be turning the wipers on and off frequently due to sporadic rain. It is also good for those times you drive through water that sprays up onto the glass and restricts your view momentarily.

Third Visor

The two visors in a car leave the whole middle section open. Sometimes this causes bright sunlight to stream right into your eyes, temporarily blinding you. A third visor is an area of tinted glass between the two physical visors. This tint can be activated by the sun. This means it may be clear when no sunlight is hitting it and then gets darker depending on how much light it is getting.

Solar Glass

Solar glass is specially designed to protect your eyes and the interior of the car from harmful sun rays. As an added bonus, this will also help keep the car cool so you are not grabbing a hot steering wheel in the summer. Many luxury cars are already equipped with this type of glass in the windshield, and you should make sure any replacement is also to ensure the resale value of the car is at its highest.

Radio Antenna

Although radio antennas are not normally put in windshields anymore, if you have an older model vehicle that does have one, be sure to have it in any replacement too. This may require the repair company special to order the glass, so you need to mention this when you contact them to do the work and may have to wait for it to come in.

While the windshield is there for your protection, it doesn't have to be merely a physical barrier. If you are going to get it replaced anyway, you might as well make it have all the different protections you may want. For more information, contact a company like Coats Auto Body and Paint.