windshield damage

January 31, 2017

Improve the Visibility out of the Windshield

When you drive you will want to make sure the vehicle is in the best condition possible. You will want to make sure that you bring the vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. One part that we can inspect is the windshield. The windshield, for many drivers, is the most used item of their entire automobile. It is also one of the biggest parts of keeping drivers safe on the road. It is all that stands between drivers and the open road. Most blades are not hard to snap off and replace, nor are they expensive. An inspection of the wiper blades also is easy, simply run your hand and your eyes on one at a time and feel along for holes in the edge or torn pieces of rubber that could render the windshield wiper ineffective. If it leaves significant streaks or does not appear to be hugging the contour of the glass, than it might be time to look into a replacement wiper blade. One item that goes along with the windshield and the windshield wiper blades is the washer fluid that will help them clean. Often green or turquoise, this fluid is one of the ones that should be checked before any likely adventure in the rain or in questionable weather. Windshield washer fluid keeps bugs from impeding your vision as a driver, and thus allows you better vision of the road and better planning when obstacles come up. In the event that the unthinkable does happen though, and your windshield does require repair or replacement, there are many options available and some of them do not even require a direct fee. If you have full coverage of your vehicle, most of the time little cracks and even possibly big ones are entirely covered by the insurance. It is recommended to have the windshield replaced as soon as you start to notice damage or issues to it. Cracks and divots can impair your vision. This may allow you to not see an object in the road ahead. Cracks and chips will typically grow and get larger as time passes. There can be repairs to the windshield if the chip is small enough and caught early. If you notice any issues, make sure to contact us and we can inspect the windshield for you.  
October 13, 2016

Causes of Windshield Damage

The windshield is a key structural component of your car. Unfortunately, it is in a particularly vulnerable position that leaves it exposed to damage from a variety of sources. Learning some of the most common causes of a windshield chip can help you avoid hazardous situations and keep the glass intact. Flying Rocks Road construction materials all contain rocks of various shapes and sizes. With weather fluctuations and everyday wear and tear, it is inevitable that some work loose from the road surface over time. When these stray rocks get caught in the tires of fast moving vehicles, they are hurled back into oncoming traffic. These airborne rocks are one of the most common causes of a windshield chip. It is recommended to maintain a safe distance from semi trucks and other big vehicles as they can send quite a few rocks flying, which increases the chance of windshield damage. Vehicle Cargo Debris All sorts of small items can fly off the back of both commercial and private vehicles, as they are moving down the road. If a load is not covered and secured properly, any cargo that comes loose becomes a flying projectile that can damage the windshield of any motorist who is following too closely. Even if the debris lands harmlessly on the road, another vehicle can kick it up and send it hurtling toward your windshield. Storms and Severe Weather Any items caught up in the high winds that accompany severe weather can becomes airborne missiles, including rocks, tree branches and roadway debris. If you are caught in a hail storm, the fast-moving frozen precipitation could chip or even crack the windshield. The best way to avoid danger is to get off the road and park the car under cover or inside a garage until the weather improves. Fixing a chip as soon as possible can help prevent further damage due to weakened glass or cracking that requires a more costly windshield replacement. It can also help you to have better visibility, because the crack or damage will not impair your vision when you drive. If you ever notice an issue with the windshield, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect it for you.