5 Ways to Avoid Windshield Damage
While all drivers face hazards that are beyond their control, like bad weather, poor road conditions, and reckless drivers, there are steps you can take as a driver to avoid windshield cracks, chips, and scratches.
Windshield damage isn’t just ugly, it can also impair your vision and make driving dangerous. Read on to learn preventative measures you can take to avoid windshield damage before it becomes a costly and hazardous problem.
1. Take The Scenic Route
Freeways and interstates generally have a high volume of cars, all going fast. This means that the likelihood of getting a windshield chip or crack while traveling on a busy road is much higher, due to all the dirt and debris being kicked up by other vehicles. Highways also tend to have more tractor trailer trucks, which kick up even more debris, and also sometimes transport things like gravel that could easily fly loose and damage your windshield. If you have the time, take a less trafficked route to minimize the chances of your windshield getting damaged. Who knows? You might even have more fun!
2. Slow Down
When your car’s forward movement meets with a rock, pebble, or other piece of debris, damage can occur. It follows that the less forward movement your car has, the less likely your windshield will be damaged from the impact of foreign objects. This isn’t to say that you should creep along, as this comes with its own safety hazards, but observing the speed limit will make your car’s windshield less susceptible to damage, and also make the areas you are driving through safer.
Driving slower will also give you more time to assess rocks and other debris headed towards your windshield, and you may be able to avoid it, if it’s safe to do so. Note that driving slowly is especially beneficial on gravel roads, so that you don’t hurl the rocks upwards onto your windshield.
3. Keep Your Distance
When you do have to drive on busy roads, don’t tailgate, and generally try to maintain a good distance between you and all the surrounding cars. Doing so will make it less likely that debris from other cars will fly upwards and damage your windshield, and it will keep your windshield cleaner as well. While tailgating is both annoying and dangerous, it is especially important to avoid when you are driving behind large trucks and construction vehicles, both of which may be carrying objects that could significantly damage your windshield.
4. Park in the Shade
Bright sunlight can make weak and brittle parts of your windshield, as well as pre-existing cracks, worse. Sudden fluctuations in temperature can cause both your glass and your metal to expand and contract, and this can lead to a pressure crack.
For this reason, it’s always best to turn your car’s AC on its lowest setting until the windshield has cooled, and it’s also best to always park in the shade, and keep your windows cracked to avoid heat buildup in your car.
5. Avoid Gravel When Possible
This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important to drive slowly and keep your distance from other vehicles on gravel roads, and it’s also important not to tailgate trucks that are spreading gravel for construction purposes.
Loose gravel is bad news for your windshield if it flies upward and chips, cracks, scratches, or dents the glass. While you’re being cautious, you should also be aware of bumps, potholes, and railroad crossings, and either avoid them or drive over them slowly.
Find an Experienced Auto Glass Professional
If, despite your best efforts, you do find yourself with a chipped, scratched, or otherwise damaged windshield, and you live in Phoenix, Flagstaff, Prescott, Sedona, or another nearby city, book a service appointment with Prime Windshields today!
We’ll assess whether your glass needs to be replaced, repaired, or merely polished, and we’ll work with you to provide options that fit your needs and budget.
With over 30 years of auto glass experience, lifetime warranties, free mobile service, and help negotiating insurance policies, Prime Windshields promises expert service, competitive prices, and quality craftsmanship.
Contact us today for an estimate or to schedule an appointment to get your car windshield looking good as new!