Windshields look strong – as they are supposed to – which is why many do not pay attention to them unless theirs is damaged. Replacing damaged windshields can be very expensive, and prevention is always better than cure.
Here are some tips to follow to avoid windshield damage.
Make it a point to check the windshield regularly for small chips and get them repaired to prevent a screen full of divots. Not only do they distort your vision but also turn into bigger cracks with time. Small chips can get repaired easily at a low cost.
Do Not Park Under the Sun for Long
If possible, park the car in a shaded area because UV rays from the sun can damage your windshield’s tint. The integrity of windshields gets affected due to extreme heat. Chips worsen and crack under the hot sun, leading to larger cracks.
Fast driving increases the momentum of flying rocks and debris, and therefore, their impact on windshields, leading to more damage.
Keep Your Distance
Tires fling up dirt and rocks from the road. Because of this, cars in front of you cause damage to your windshield. Rocks and debris lead to chips, which lead to cracks. Maintain a reasonable distance from any vehicle in front of you to avoid this problem. Plus, nobody likes a tailgater.
Don’t Venture Out During Storms
Tornadoes and hailstorms wreak havoc everywhere, windshields being no exception. Going out will increase the chances of pebbles or rocks hitting your windshield (leading to chips or even breaks). There is also a risk of tree branches falling on the windshield and cracking it.
To avoid high repair or replacement expenses, you should not use your car at such times.
These tips can help you to protect your windshield from damage and increase its lifespan. If you need more information about getting your cracked windshield repaired or replaced, let us know. We can also deal with insurance companies on your behalf.
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