No one wants a rock to hit their windshield. Unfortunately, it is something that is fairly common. Rocks may fly out of trucks carrying gravel or rocks, debris on a roadway may be kicked up while cars drive over it, or a rock may be kicked up from a dirt roadway as you drive along it. Regardless of why or how it happened, you need to know what to do if a rock hits your windshield and leaves a chip behind. Here are the steps you should follow if you find yourself in this situation.
Don't Ignore It
If you have a small chip or crack in your windshield, you may think that nothing needs to be done. But this couldn't be further from the truth. A small crack or chip in a windshield can grow quickly if it is ignored. The vibration from driving can cause it to crack, as can the glass expanding and contracting due to hot and cold temperatures. If you have any sort of imperfection on your auto glass, you want to deal with it or the situation could end up worse and more costly.
Assess the Damage
After a rock hits your windshield, you will want to take a look at your windshield when it is safe to do so. Try and figure out how damaged it is. Generally speaking, if there is a chip or crack that is smaller than six inches, your windshield can be repaired. If the crack is larger than six inches, your windshield probably needs to be replaced. If you are in doubt, consult with a professional auto glass repair shop.
Have it Repaired
The last thing that needs to happen is for the crack to be repaired. This should be done as quickly as possible to prevent more damage from occurring. There are kits you can buy to repair a chip or crack in your car's windshield at home. However, generally speaking, these kits are not as long-lasting and effective as having a professional repair your windshield for you. However, they can be cheaper and may be a good option if you don't plan on keeping your car for a prolonged period of time. On the flip side, if your car is relatively new or you don't want to repair ti yourself, you will want to find an auto glass repair shop to make the repair for you.
Do you have a chip in your windshield that needs to be repaired? If so, we would love to help. Only 1 Auto Glass is located in St. Paul, MN. We specialize in auto glass repairs including chip repairs and windshield replacement. If your auto glass is in need of repair, give us a call today!