Tips for Windshield Crack Prevention
Posted in Windshield Repair, on January 07, 2020 By Admin
For anyone who owns a car, there’s always something to worry about – from a dented door in a public parking lot, to a windshield crack from a flying stone. With windshield damages, it’s best to avoid them altogether, mainly because extensive windshield crack repair (or replacement) can get costly.
Some mishaps are simply unavoidable. In fact, a chipped or cracked windshield is one of the most common mishaps. The problem is that even a small windshield crack can develop into a big crack, denying the option of effective windshield crack repair. Truth is, virtually all of us has had a chip or crack.
Tips for Preventing Windshield Chips and Cracks
There are no guarantees for avoiding window chips or cracks – but there are things to do in an effort to avoid windshield damage. In any driving environment, it’s all about avoidance.
- As it is, there is much more likelihood of getting a windshield chip or crack on a poorly maintained road with dirt and debris flying around. While it’s not always possible, it’s best to avoid these types of roads and highways, and therefore avoiding flying stones and rocks.
- For those who travel the highway, it’s safe and prudent to keep a good distance between vehicles. That goes double if you’re following a big truck. Distance will reduce the likelihood of any debris landing on your windshield, along with the potential for any chips or cracks.
- The faster you drive, the more chance for stones or rocks to hit with your windshield with high impact. It’s actually the fast, forward motion of your vehicle that contributes to the impact of a stone or rock on the windshield. Slow and steady reduces the chance for serious damage.
- If you already have a small chip or crack in your windshield, it’s important to keep your vehicle in the shade. A scorching sunny day will cause window damage to spread, while the shad will be safer. In the winter time, windshield cracks can spread when fluctuating temperatures cause the windshield to expand and contract, like when going from the cold outdoors to a warm, indoor parking garage.
With Windshield Damage it’s Better to Make Quick Repairs
If your line of sight is obstructed by a windshield chip or crack, your safety is compromised. Although many of us tend to delay these types of repairs, it’s preferable to have the work done professionally, and as soon as possible.
In some cases, if the chip or crack is smaller than a “quarter”, it may not be obstructing your line of sight. But with the risk of damage getting worse, it’s better to make repairs ASAP. In fact, a repair can help avoid complete replacement.
For expert windshield crack repair it’s the team at General Auto Glass
If you already have a windshield crack, General Auto Glass can provide professional repairs, without the need for complete windshield replacement. We will only replace the windshield if required – small cracks and chips can be very effectively repaired and restored.