Making Windshield Replacement “Clearer” for Our Clients
Cracks in your windshield are not an uncommon problem, especially if you are a daily commuter for work and are routinely on highways around large trucks and commercial vehicles. All it takes is one small pebble or bit of debris being flung up at the right angle from the road below, and your windshield pays the price. Having these cracks for a long period of time though has several risks, including:
- Higher likelihood of glass shattering in on you in an accident
- Distraction when behind the wheel
- An obvious flaw that could lower the value of your vehicle if you were forced to sell or trade suddenly
These risk factors mean its important to have your windshield repaired or replaced as quickly as possible if and when a crack happens, but how do you know when you need a full replacement, and what should you do while you wait on a professional to take a look, and/or get an appraisal by your insurance provider?
There are a few simple things you can do on your own to keep the crack from spreading further, and manage the situation until a long-term solution is decided upon. Remember to steer clear of any abrupt temperature changes as this can cause further stress on the glass and worsen the crack. If you can find a windshield repair kit, it’s worth a DIY attempt to keep things functional until you can get the pros involved, but if you can’t find one of these, clear nail polish or super glue applied to the chipped out areas, and covered with clear, heavy-duty plastic tape (to keep bugs and dirt out) can be a short term solution. Ultimately, you need to schedule a replacement as soon as possible for the best long-term results.
Worried about your auto coverage and if it will step in and help with this unexpected repair? We are here to answer your questions! We know the ins and outs of windshield repair and replacement criteria with most providers, and we will work hard to find the answers you need quickly. Give us a call or contact us online!