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Steps to Take to Keep You and Your Family Safe When You Have Damaged Auto Glass

Last updated 5 years ago

You’re driving along the highway when suddenly a piece of road debris comes out of nowhere and slams against your windshield. As you can imagine, this is a very frightening experience. Fortunately, there are a handful of measures you can take immediately following this mishap and before your windshield is repaired or replaced. Read on to find out how to keep your family safe in the wake of an accident:

Stay Calm
Due to the rigid standards of auto glass manufacturing, flying debris is unlikely to penetrate through your windshield or send shards of glass flying all over the place. If it does, and someone in your car is injured, seek medical assistance immediately. If your windshield is kept in one piece, remain calm and drive with caution until you can contact a repair professional.

Clean Up
If your car’s windows or windshield were damaged in your driveway, as a result of a natural disaster or vandalism, wear heavy-duty gloves when cleaning up shards of glass. A splintered window can be appealing to a curious child; in order to prevent injury, keep your children away from cracked or shattered glass.

Schedule Repair Appointment
One of the first steps you should take following the discovery of damaged auto glass is to contact a windshield repair or replacement company. If you contact the right repair professional, you can get an appointment within 24 hours.

“Quick” Fix
While you wait for your repair or replacement appointment, you can tape plastic over your car window or fix your back window with duct tape. However, these fixes are temporary and are not substitutes for professional repair.

Keep Driving to a Minimum
It’s a good idea to use an alternative mode of transport until your cracked or shattered windshield can be replaced. If you drive with broken auto glass, you’ll likely end up with a costly ticket.


Though a chipped or cracked window can be annoying, you don’t have to live with it for very long. To speak with an auto glass repair professional in the Oakland area who can repair your window at home, at work, or elsewhere within 24 hours, call Glass on the Move at (510) 338-4791.



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