What Does Pitted Mean?

What Does Pitted Mean

Has someone told you your car is pitted and you don’t know what it means?

Maybe you have heard people discussing pitted or pitting and want to know what it is? No matter what the reason is that brought you here today, we have the answers for you! 

Figuring out what pitted means can be tricky, especially if you have never considered yourself a car expert.

You don’t want to embarrass yourself by asking others what it means, so you head online. But you are met with conflicting definitions and advice that leaves you frustrated and overwhelmed.

You wonder if you will ever know what pitted means without embarrassing yourself in front of the local mechanic. 

Well, no more! Today we are here to save you from embarrassment and get you the answers that you need.

Keep reading to find out what pitted means and everything you need to know about it! Get ready to become a pitted expert today!

What Does Pitted Mean?

Let’s dive straight into it! Pitted, or pitting, is wear and tear on your vehicle’s windshield. It is natural and caused by debris, dust, or sand from the road.

The sand, dust, and debris on the road is disturbed as you and other cars drive over it. With the help of the wind, it flies about, hitting your windshield. 

While we can simply hit our wipers and enjoy a clean windshield again, over time, the debris impacts your windshield.

The glass in your windshield can wear down in patches. These patches can catch the light as you drive, and can be extremely dangerous!

You can experience sunspots or temporary blindness, leaving you unable to fully read the road in front of you. You don’t need us to tell you how dangerous that can be! 

Also, as the patches occur, your windshield will become less secure. This can lead to cracking or shattering, neither of which you want! 

The phrase comes from the word pitted, which generally means an indentation on the surface, a hollow surface, or one covered in holes.

You might hear it in a similar sentence to, ‘a dusty pitted road.’ It’s these kinds of roads that will cause your windshield to become pitted, with worn patches that will blind you! 

Now that we have established what pitted means, let’s move on to explore it in more detail. 

What Causes Windshield Pitting? 

As we mentioned earlier, pitting is a form of wear and tear on your windshield. It is caused by debris, dust, and sand.

These particles will hit your windshield as you drive, especially at high speeds. As they can be microscopic (especially sand), you might not notice them as you drive!

Or you might wake up and realize your windshield is dirty and needs a clean, but think nothing more of it. 

Once these particles and debris make contact with your windshield, they can embed themselves into the windshield.

Although one speck of sand stuck to your windshield doesn’t sound like a lot, over time it soon adds up and your windshield could be caked in specks of sand, obstructing your view. 

You should notice pitting more quickly if you travel at high speeds every day. If your daily commute involves large chunks of driving on the highway, you will notice your windshield becomes dirty and pitted quickly.

You and other drivers driving at high speeds on these roads will cause the dust, sand, and debris to be moved from the ground, hitting your windshield as you drive.

And if there is wind too, that only helps the sand blow onto your windshield! 

What Does Windshield Pitting Do? 

As we said earlier, windshield pitting causes parts of your windshield to wear away. This causes small craters that will distort the light entering the windshield, distorting your vision.

What Does Windshield Pitting Do? 

As the sun hits one of these craters, light reflects in lots of directions, as the sun hits each surface in the pit. If the light hits in the right way, this can blind you.

As you are temporarily blinded, your view of the road ahead will be obstructed, putting you and others at risk. 

Pitting also leaves your windshield less secure. Over time it can wear away, increasing the risk of your windshield shattering.

And a shattered windshield is not something you want in an accident! 

The small craters also reduce the effectiveness of your wipers or can cause them damage. The wiper blades can lose their shape, or break apart.

Not only does this leave you with windshields you can’t clean or use to clear rain, but it means you will need to pay to repair them! 

Can I Fix A Pitted Windshield?

Unfortunately, there is no way to fix a pitted windshield. Instead, you will need to replace the windshield.

While there are some articles or videos online that claim to have solutions to pitted windshields, they tend to cause more harm than good.

You will often be left with an uneven windshield that won’t offer you the protection you and your passengers need. 

It is best to have the windshield replaced by a professional. The cost of this can vary depending on the size of your windshield and where the repair is taking place.

It’s worth calling a few mechanics in your area to get an estimate before you book your car in for a replacement. 

You can also check with your insurance provider to see if they cover the replacement of your windshield due to pitting.

As it is a natural form of wear and tear, it isn’t always covered. However, you can add cover for it to most insurance providers if you want. If you do a lot of high-speed driving, it could be worth adding it!

Final Thoughts 

And there you have it! Pitted refers to a windshield that has suffered pitting.

Pitting causes small holes and craters in your windshield, which can cause blindness when the sun hits these craters, leaving you unable to see the road ahead.

Make sure you have your windshield checked regularly to avoid excessive wear and tear that could leave you vulnerable on the road!

Dave Oliver

Dave Oliver is a seasoned car modification expert with over twenty years of experience in the field. His knowledge spans from restoring vintage models to implementing the latest customization technologies. He brings his passion and expertise to life through informative and engaging articles.

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