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5 Ways to Avoid Rock Chips March 4, 2019

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5 Ways to Avoid Rock Chips, Rochester, New York

Rock chips are common types of damage necessitating windshield repair. Created when the vehicle in front of you throws up gravel, pebbles, or other debris from the road, these nicks and cracks can compromise visibility. If left unaddressed, this kind of damage can spread into a major crack. Thankfully, you can avoid this problem by following the tips below. 

How to Prevent Rock Chips

1. Increase Your Following Distance

The closer you are to the car in front of you, the more likely you are to be hit by any detritus they churn up, so try falling back by a car length or two. This is also a smart habit since it decreases the risk of collisions.

2. Change Lanes

Where possible, don't drive directly behind another car. If you're on a highway and you can safely and legally do so, switch to an empty lane so you're out of harm’s way. 

3. Watch for Risk Factors

Windshield RepairSome vehicles are more likely to throw up stones than others, or can throw them farther. Larger vehicles apply more force to the road, so they kick up more grit. To combat this effect, most trucks and construction vehicles have mud flaps. If these are absent or torn, keep your distance to avoid needing windshield repair.

4. Park Safely

Some rock chips happen while your car is parked near traffic. Whenever possible, choose parking away from the road, and park with the rear of your car facing traffic, so any debris will hit your back window. While you’ll still need auto glass repair, at least this way the critical view through your front windshield won’t be affected. 

5. Schedule Prompt Windshield Repairs

If you do end up with a rock chip, fixing it quickly should be a priority. An unrepaired chip will worsen over time and may eventually lead to full auto glass replacement. Fixing it protects your windshield from further damage.

 

If you need windshield repairs in the Greater Rochester Area, choose FB Glass. Serving Monroe County, NY, this family-run business offers specialized service to fix or replace commercial and auto glass. When you visit, you'll receive one-on-one attention from friendly technicians who know you by name. To schedule a visit, call (585) 441-1209 or get a free quote online.

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