Have you ever approached your vehicle only to discover a cracked or broken side mirror? If so, then you know how frustrating it can be to observe. You might be tempted to drive without your mirror, but doing so can carry hefty fines in the event of a routine traffic stop. Not only can broken auto glass impact your wallet, but it can create a safety risk to you and other drivers around you.
At Only 1 Auto Glass, we care about your safety and the integrity of your vehicle. We also know that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so we’ve put together these tips to help you avoid broken auto mirrors altogether.
Park in Well-Lit, Safe Areas
One common cause of cracked or broken side mirrors is vandalism. Vandals tend to lurk in unsafe and dimly lit places where passersby cannot easily see them, so park in well-lit areas. Parking in darker regions may also give rise to accidental damage from other drivers. When people park next to you in a dark space, they may not be able to see well enough to avoid clipping your vehicle or mirrors. If you must park in a dark area or on the street, turn your mirrors inward to avoid damage from passing or parking traffic.
Drive Carefully and Be Vigilant
When driving, your full attention should be on other traffic and your surroundings. You should not be talking on the phone, texting, adjusting the radio, or doing anything that takes your focus off the road. Pay attention and leave ample space between your vehicle and parked vehicles if you’re driving in an urban area. Similarly, park carefully and slowly when parking in a crowded space and leave enough room between your car and the surrounding vehicles. Always double check your surroundings before backing out of a parking space, and be vigilant when backing out of your garage and onto the street.
Park Farther Away and Avoid the Street
Many retail stores have ample parking space, so you don’t necessarily have to park close to the building. To avoid damage from other careless drivers, consider parking farther away, where fewer people park. Doing so will help you avoid getting clipped by opening car doors and people misjudging distance while parking. Likewise, try to avoid parking on the street as often as possible. It’s very easy for other drivers to sideswipe parked cars on the street, so try to find a parking garage or small lot nearby.
Your Auto Glass Repair Experts in the Twin Cities
Whether your mirrors are cracked, broken, or missing, Only 1 Auto Glass can help you get back on the road safely. Our expert technicians specialize in auto glass repair and replacement and are NGA certified. For your convenience, we have 15 locations throughout the Twin Cities area and can even meet you at your location. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, contact us today. You can reach us at 651-789-1111, or you can message us on our contact page.