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How To Care For Your Cracked Windshield Until You Can Get It Repaired

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The last thing you want to hear when driving down the road is the audible 'ting' of a rock or other debris hitting your windshield. The tiny spider web crack can (and often does) turn into a long crack that can obscure your vision and make your windshield susceptible to shattering at the slightest pressure. If you can't get your windshield repaired or replaced by a reliable auto glass replacement specialist right away, you need to take care of your auto glass until you can. The more you care for the crack before you see a specialist, the more likely you will be able to preserve your window glass and avoid total replacement. 

Keep the area clean

If all you have is a tiny crack or chip in your windshield, you're in luck. If the crack hasn't spread yet, odds are a reliable auto glass replacement company can fill the chip in for you and prevent further damage. You can help keep the area preserved on your windshield by placing clear tape over the damage after wiping it off with a clean rag. The less debris, water, or dirt that is in your chipped glass when you take it in for repairs, the easier your windshield will be to fix.

Don't drive your car

Pressure from wind and high speeds can make that tiny chip in your windshield slowly grow. If you can, hire an auto glass replacement company that can send someone out to your house to repair your windshield so you don't risk further damage. Cracks that are 12 inches or less in length can often be repaired so you can avoid a full windshield replacement. If you must drive your car, try to avoid excessive speeds and be watchful of debris on the road so you can prevent your windshield from getting further cracked until you can get it into a repair shop.

Keep in mind as well that driving with a cracked windshield may be a violation in your state that you can get a ticket for. If your cracked auto glass goes across the driver's side of your vehicle or is very noticeable, you can get pulled over by a police officer and receive a warning to get repairs or a citation for driving a vehicle that is considered a hazard.

You should get your windshield inspected and repaired or replaced as soon as possible if you get a chip. Taking care of your windshield prior to getting it in to a reliable auto glass replacement company (such as Glass On Wheels) is the best way to keep your windshield in the best condition as possible so your repairs can go much easier.