Hello, my name is Sydney Gray. Welcome to my site. I am excited to share my knowledge about mobile windshield repair on this site. On my way to work on day, my windshield was hit with a rock kicked up by the truck in front of me. When I made it to work, I immediately started looking into my repair options. When I called to schedule an appointment for after work, the windshield repair tech let me know that they could come to me. To prepare for the appointment, I started learning all I could about the process used for onsite replacement and repairs. I will share that information on this site to help others prepare as well.
Although rural living can be wonderful if you desire a slower paced lifestyle, the roads can wreak havoc on your car. The problem is with the sand and gravel found on these rural roads. The windshield is at especially high risk, since it is subjected to rocks and debris thrown up on rural dirt roads. Chances are you will need to plan for more frequent windshield replacement, but you can take steps to reduce this need. The following guide can help you minimize damage to your car's windshield, or at least provide a framework of what to do when damage does occur.
Repair Damage Quickly
Rock damage on a windshield can range from a small chip to a large crack. Any chips that occur should be repaired immediately by a glass service. This way the chips won't become larger and you can prolong the lifespan of your windshield. If you have more than a few chips though, you should plan to replace the windshield. Multiple chips and large cracks compromise the structural integrity of the window, which means it is more likely to shatter. A cracked and compromised windshield also provides less protection in the event that you are in a car accident. Fortunately, most car insurance plans cover windshield repair and replacement.
Choose Protective Coatings
When you are having a new windshield installed, ask your installer about the protective coatings that are available. These coatings are little more than a thin transparent film that is applied over the glass. The film absorbs the force from flying sand and rocks, protecting the glass from chips and sandblasting. When the coating becomes badly damaged, it is removed and a new coating is installed. Some windshield installers will also install hood front deflectors, which are small shields that are affixed to the hood of the car to help deflect rocks and gravel from hitting the windshield.
Slow Down and Give Space
Finally, go a bit more slowly when you are on a rural, unpaved road. Increase your following distance to several car lengths as well. This greater distance will help prevent damage from rocks and debris that is thrown up by the lead car. Further, replace your windshield wipers often and always make sure to have a full tank of windshield wiper fluid. That way, you won't scratch or etch the windshield when you are clearing the road grime from the glass as you are driving.
Contact an auto glass replacement service for more help.Share