We’ll be honest. We pity any car that is in the hands of a teenager. While it’s true that teenagers need to time to improve their driving skills, the growing pains can be costly and critical at times. Most teens do not understand how correctly operating a vehicle keeps it in condition. Like everything else, making the connection between the two takes a little time. In the meantime, we repair a lot of windshields in cars driven by teenagers. Thankfully, our certified team of auto glass repair technicians can perform a windshield repair or windshield replacement when something happens to your vehicle.
Tailgating: Not Habit, But Culture
Say the word tailgating to any teen, and you’re likely to get a myriad of images that have nothing to do with following too closely behind someone while driving. Teens tailgate at school. They tailgate at parties, football games, and anywhere where they can collectively park. So it’s no wonder that they tailgate while on the road. Tailgating can cause sandblasting to happen on the windshield. Sandblasting occurs when the car in front of you kicks up debris and dust and that debris (usually in the form of tiny particles) slams into your windshield. This action can result in a cracked or chipped windshield. Your teen needs to slow down and keep a safe distance from the car in front.
Speeding and Reckless Driving
Many of the windshields we see have damage that was caused by reckless driving or speeding. Either of these is likely lead to a collision, which, in turn, ended with a cracked or shattered windshield. Manufacturers design auto glass to withstand a considerable amount of impact. Thus, the windshield acts as a barrier between the driver and an oncoming vehicle or debris during the wreck. Subsequently, a teen would have to be driving at high speeds or in a reckless manner to create an impact strong enough to break the glass.
Constant slamming of the front or back doors can do damage to both the window and the door track which stabilizes the window. In extreme cases, slamming the door can lead to a shattered window. Therefore, you should teach your teens to close a vehicle door without using brute force. Gently closing the door will keep it from breaking down prematurely.
Only 1 Auto Glass Can Rescue Your Car From Your Teen
If your teen has recently been in a collision and the glass is damaged, bring your car to Only 1 Auto Glass. We provide comprehensive auto glass repair, rock chip repair, and full windshield replacement for both personal and commercial vehicles. Our service extends to drivers in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. To schedule a repair or an estimate, contact us at 651-789-1111, or you can message us on our contact page.