How To Deal With A Shattered WindshieldHow To Deal With A Shattered Windshield

Unfortunately one of the most common mishaps when you are behind the wheel is experiencing a cracked windshield. The worst part is more often than not there is nothing you can do to avoid such a misfortune. Below are a few suggestions and tips on how to deal with a windshield once it is shattered or cracked.

The first thing to do is inspect the chip. Measuring the crack can help you determine if you need to get your whole windshield replaced or if you can get it repaired. Cracks can be up to 12 inches long and chips need to be smaller than a quarter in order to repair the damage. Once you have determined if it is repairable, place clear packing tape over the damage to guard it from dirt build up. The more dirt that burrows its way into the injury, the more difficult it is to repair. Another tip is to park in shaded areas such as garages or under trees. Exposing your windshield to heat can cause the crack or chip to spread even further.

If the crack in your windshield is above the suggested measurements, then it will be necessary to replace the entire windshield. The best advice for major damage is to get the replacement taken care of as soon as possible. Large cracks and chips can be in your line of vision and could cost you more money if you receive a traffic violation. If you have to wait a few days before getting in with a glass repair specialist, avoid blasting your air conditioning or defroster. Intense changes in temperatures can cause a lot of stress on your windshield and further the damage. Also, do not wash your car while you are waiting for your appointment. Such actions can result in the crack spreading.

Avoiding all rock chips is nearly impossible, however, implementing one driving habit can reduce your chances. It is recommended to avoid all forms of tailgating, especially behind big trucks. Observing a safe distance should keep the debris away from your windshield.

Contacting an auto glass repair specialist for either a repair or full replacement is recommended. Luckily, a lot of these companies are now providing mobile service so you don’t have to worry about being without a car during the repair.

by Justin Ward
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Justin is a certified car nut and writes about all car topics. He has a special interest in performance parts, wheels and rims. For more details on dealing with windshield damage in Raleigh visit our website.
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