No one wants to get a crack on their windshield. However, it is something that happens frequently. While you can't avoid all windshield cracks, there are a few things you can do to help minimize the likelihood of a crack developing in your windshield. Here are a few of those tips.
Stay Back From Trucks
One of the best ways to prevent a crack on your windshield is stay back from trucks. It is recommended that you stay 100 to 150 feet back from trucks. Some trucks carry gravel or rocks that can fly off the truck and hit your windshield, causing a truck. But even those that aren't carrying debris can cause damage. They are more likely to kick a rock up from the freeway and that can fly in your windshield. Staying back or avoiding driving behind a truck can help minimize the likelihood you will have flying debris that damages your windshield.
Don't Pour Hot Water On Your Icy Windshield
Another way to minimize the likelihood of getting a cracked windshield is to avoid pouring hot water on an icy windshield. Many people do this to defrost their windshields quickly. However, exposing the icy cold windshield to a blast of hot water suddenly can cause the windshield glass to expand and contract, causing a crack. If a crack is already present, doing this can cause the crack to expand, even if it is filled. As such, this should always be avoided. Instead, use room temperature to luke warm water to slowly melt ice away from the windshield. It may take longer but it helps to keep your windshield glass safe.
Use Windshield Protectant
The last way you can avoid needing auto glass repair is to use windshield protectant. Many companies are making a product that you can rub into your windshield to help strengthen it. This protectant creates a thing layer over the windshield. If debris hits this, this layer is supposed to absorb the impact and protect your windshield. Of course, it can't protect against large rocks, but it does do a decent job protecting your windshield against smaller rocks and different types of road debris.
Unfortunately, despite your best efforts, you may not always be able to avoid having a crack or chip develop in your windshield. If you do and you need auto glass repair, contact Only 1 Auto Glass in St. Paul, MN. They are a vehicle glass replacement company who would love to assist you with all of your auto glass repair needs. Give them a call today to set up an appointment.