There are several reasons why the number of windshield chip repairs and crack repairs have increased over the last few years. First public awareness that windshield chips and cracks could be repaired, along with an increasing population, average driving time and other factors such as road work, deterioration, expansion of our roadways and the associated repair work and construction of our express lanes are all badly needed. These factors contribute to the added amount of windshield repairs. These roadway repairs and construction will help reduce traffic congestion. These added road repairs and construction on our express lanes increased the amount of gravel being hauled to make those repairs, along with the pick up, drop off, and storage locations of the gravel.
Some roadways exposed to small rocks that spilled on delivery or stored next to our local roads, highways or freeways and are picked up by the tire tread of some automobiles or trucks. This gravel will get carried by automobile tires to our roadways and thrown into the air, some will impact our windshields cracking or chipping them. Most drivers will seek immediate repair of these cracked or chipped windshields, knowing cracked auto glass is dangerous and understanding the possibility that the chip will crack or cracks will expand forcing expensive windshield replacement!
Here are some tips on how to avoid some impacts to your automobiles windshield. First leave some space between you and the person you are following, this gives added time for the throne rocks to settle back to the roadway thus avoiding some impacts. Second avoid when possible following large trucks especially dump trucks, cement trucks, four-wheel drive trucks or any vehicle with off-road tread tires, these are the most likely to pick up and carry gravel due to their large tread design.
Impacts with rocks bouncing along traveling the same direction as we are usually make small cracks or small Bull’s-Eye type breaks that when repaired and virtually disappear after repair. Hard impacts usually occur at higher speeds, or by objects traveling opposite our direction. The speed and size of the objects striking our windshield are also directly related to the amount of damage. These include larger rock chips, cracks or combination breaks like Bull’s-Eyes or Star breaks with cracks. Some impact are associated with longer cracks, but most can still be repaired. Long cracks up to twelve inches can be repaired with added repair cost and are almost always slightly visible but not distracting. Properly repaired windshield cracks don’t glare after repair and The windshields structural integrity and safety are restored to the windshield after a quality chip or crack repair.
When a rock smacks your windshield and chips or cracks it, repair it as soon as possible to prevent further cracking and costly windshield replacement. You can cover the break with clear tape to keep the dirt and moisture out but don’t drive your car if the tape impairs your vision. Promptly call for repair, don’t wait to see if it starts to crack before calling for windshield chip and crack repair. Mobile windshield chip repair saves you time, trouble and money by traveling to your work or home and performing the repairs on the spot so you could be doing something else and not sitting and waiting at the auto glass repair shop.
Most mobile auto glass repair companies offer lifetime warranty on their repairs, make sure yours does. Avoiding as many object impacts to our windshields as possible by modifying our driving habits and avoiding scenarios with the potential of casting rocks or other debris to the road in front of you. When someone drives their car off the side of the road into the debris that collect there then pulls back to the roadway you want to avoid being behind them because the tires could be warm or have off-road tread picking up rocks or other objects that get thrown from their tires. If you are following them there’s a possibility you will need your windshield repaired soon. Avoid as many obvious road hazard scenarios as possible this will cut the chances of your windshield being cracked or chipped requiring you to call a windshield chip and crack repair tech to repair your cracked windshield.