Did you know? Your auto’s windshield plays an important part in safety for you and the passengers you take. A well-kept windshield can help protect you from serious injuries in case of an accident or crash. Making sure the auto glass of your vehicle is in good shape helps you, and also makes your car neater.
In order to avoid windshield damages, there are some protections that you can take to avoid cracks and chips in the glass. Being conscious of the vehicles around you while driving, can save you time and money. Read on for side road safety tips!
Be extra careful when driving behind trucks.
- If you are driving behind or beside a vehicle with 4 rear tires, try and change lanes.
- If there is a truck in front of your vehicle that isn’t using mud flaps by the tires- watch out! The wheels can toss stones and rocks harder and further than that of a smaller car.
- Keep a safe distance between your automobile and the car or truck in front of you. Tailgating is likely to cause cracks, chips, and other losses to your car from flying debris.
More tips to keep in mind:
- Do not tailgate any vehicles on the road. Particles from the road can be thrown from behind the car and can hit your windscreen with more power than you could think.
- Avoid parking on the street when you can, always try to park in a parking lot or a driveway.
- Be sure to check your windshield wipers regularly as they wear out quicker than we like them to.
- If you have been involved in even the most minor of vehicle accidents, have your windshield inspected by a professional for safety reasons.
- Fix that small damage to your windshield before it has a chance to expand.
Furthermore, if your windscreen is already damaged, you can use the following questions to decide if your car will need a windshield repair or replacement:
Does it need immediate attention?
First, where’s the crack located? Is it off to the side or is it disguising your view? If it interferes with your capacity to see the road, you should deal with even a small crack immediately by taking your car to Glass Direct US.
Does it need to be repaired or replaced?
If the crack is less than 12 inches long, or the chip is smaller than the size of a quarter, the integrity of the windshield hasn’t been compromised and probably doesn’t require replacing. But every crack or chip is different, and it’s important to consult Glass Direct US to avoid the crack getting bigger or in any way compromising safety.
If your windshield needs to be repaired, replaced or you would like to have it examined for undetected damages, call Glass Direct US today at (866) 206-9330. We use the most selective vendors to find the right windshield to fit your needs.