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The Do's and Don'ts of Driving with a Cracked or Chipped Windshield

Last updated 5 years ago

It’s a scenario that’s happened to most—while driving along, a rock bounces up from the pavement and cracks your windshield. By their very nature, cracks will only get worse over time and a repair in the immediate future is recommended. But if you don’t have the resources to get a crack fixed this week and you still need to drive, then follow these safe driving tips to help mitigate the risk of further damage:

  • Increase Following Distance

When you follow close to other cars, you increase the likelihood of being hit by pieces of road debris and rocks sent airborne by larger vehicles’ tires. Increasing the distance between you and those in front of you can keep you out of the danger zone created by these projectiles. 

  • Decrease Driving Speed                

This is an important factor for cars awaiting any sort of repairs, as high speeds make it harder to control a vehicle and increase the amount of force exerted on it. By limiting the speed at which your windshield may encounter potential road debris, you reduce the amount of pressure put on already-fragile glass. 

  • Don’t Park Under Trees

This is especially pertinent in the winter months, as snow-laden branches are prone to snapping—and with a fragile windshield, it won’t take much to inflict damage. Yet branches aren’t the only dangers: Squirrels and other small creatures may run across your windshield and aggravate a crack or chip. 

  • Don’t Forget to Cover Your Vehicle

If you have a car cover and your windshield is cracked, then now is the time to use it. A car cover can protect a crack from the formation of damaging ice and make it easier to defrost a windshield without harming it further. A cover can also protect rainwater from infiltrating the resin of the windshield and weakening it.

Since 1979, Glass on the Move has offered auto glass repair services to Oakland, Hayward, Berkeley, and the surrounding areas. We’ve won Best of Oakland Auto Glass Replacement two years running, so we know what it takes to be the best! Call us at (510) 338-4791 for more information.

 

 

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