We’ve all been driving down the highway and had a rock fly into our windshield. Perhaps quick freezing and warming caused your windshield to crack in the winter time. Regardless, windshield cracks are one of the most prevalent issues that vehicle owners experience in their lifetime. Knowing what to do when you notice a crack is what will help you to avoid needing a windshield replacement in the future.
Step 1: Measuring the Crack
The first thing to do is take a ruler and measure the length of the crack. If it’s less than 12 inches or if it is a chip that’s less than the size of a quarter it can easily be repaired without having to worry about replacing the entire windshield. You can go to a local auto store or a mechanic and get it done for a relatively low cost. It is also important that you make sure that the crack doesn’t impair your view while driving if you are going to use the vehicle before it is repaired.
Step 2: Protect it Against Dirt
If there is any dirt in the crack or the chip, it can make it more difficult for a windshield technician to repair. It can help to attach a piece of clear tape to the problem area and take the care in immediately. Make sure that the tape doesn’t block your vision when you’re driving.
Step 3: Stay Away from Sunlight
You would be surprised at the amount of damage that your windshield will experience when it’s out in the middle of the sun every day, especially if it is suffering from a crack or a chip. Park your car under a carport or somewhere the sun can’t get to it. If you let the heat build on your windshield, it will weaken it further and you will begin to notice that your crack will grow.
Step 4: Finding a Certified Technician
To make sure that the repair is taken care of in the best way possible, take the time to find a AGRSS-registered windshield repair and replacement company. You will also want to make sure that they have been trained to be a National Glass Association-trained technician to do the repair. If you find that the damage is too significant to see while driving, they may be able to bring mobile assistance to your home.