You spend your spare time cleaning your car and making sure it’s in prime condition, but a cracked windshield will ruin all that hard work. Even minor cracks will draw the eye and put your safety at risk. If you care about your car’s appearance and staying safe on the road, take steps to prevent a cracked windshield.
Here are a few of the most common ways cracks happen:
1. Gravel Roads
Driving on a gravel road at high speeds puts your windshield at risk of cracking. The tires spin the small stones into the air, and they can fly up and hit your windshield. This can also happen when you’re following another car. Stay a safe distance behind other cars and drive slowly to avoid accidents.
2. Construction Vehicles
Construction vehicles, like dump trucks and bulldozers, frequently have dirt, rocks, and debris caked onto their tires and sides. There may even be a forgotten tool laying on the back bumper. It’s always important to keep your distance and be alert for flying objects.
Intense sunlight heats up the metal and other materials used to keep the windshield in place. When that happens, the outer edge of the glass expands while the middle of the glass doesn’t. The result is a mysteriously cracked windshield and a stifling hot interior. Always keep your car parked in the shade.
If you’re out on the road and get caught in a sudden hailstorm, find the nearest place to take cover. Hail can range from small specks to large chunks of ice, and it will leave cracks and chips in your windshield.
Everyone knows getting into a car accident will break your windshield, but there are other kinds of accidents to worry about. Parking too close to the foul line at a baseball game or letting your kids throw rocks in the front yard are bad ideas that could result in a cracked windshield.
Capital Auto Glass in Lincoln, NE, is the area’s go-to team for windshield replacement. Schedule an appointment with an expert technician by calling (402) 421-6653. You’ll also learn more about auto glass on their website.