If you can’t park your vehicle in a garage or beneath a carport, obviously, your only remaining option is to park it outside. Unfortunately, that leaves your vehicle fully exposed to wear and tear, harsh weather conditions, and incidental damage. And, while you can certainly drive with minor scratches or dents in the body of your vehicle, driving around with cracked or chipped auto glass is downright dangerous. At Only 1 Auto Glass, we know parking outdoors comes with its fair share of risks, but if you heed these tips, you’ll lessen your chances of requiring auto glass repair.


Ice and Snow

If you have a garage, but it’s stuffed with all of the extra junk you never use, you probably park your vehicle in your driveway, just a few feet from the garage door. In winter, when substantial quantities of snow accumulate on your roof, sometimes, that snow gradually melts and forms large icicles that hang from your home’s gutters. While seemingly harmless, that snow and ice can do major damage to your windshield if you park your vehicle near enough to your house.


If enough snow accumulates, gravity can force large sheets of it down your roof’s slope, and when snow and ice exit the roof, they can fall directly on your vehicle. The sheer weight of a large mass of snow can easily dent your vehicle or crack your windshield, so if you’re looking for a safe place to park, cleaning out your garage is your best bet. 


Tree Debris

If you don’t have some type of protective shelter under which you can park your vehicle, there’s always the temptation to park it beneath a shade-giving tree. But, there’s one major problem with parking beneath trees: You never know when a branch might break free. Obviously, the older and larger the tree, the greater the threat of falling debris; but, that doesn’t mean you should park under shorter trees, either. Anything—save leaves—that falls from a tree can potentially damage your auto glass, so if you’re not thrilled by the idea of a broken windshield, don’t park beneath trees.


Construction Zone Debris and Tools

Whether there’s construction going on near your workplace, or you’re having your home remodeled, you should never park your vehicle near any type of construction site. Ladders, power tools, wood fragments, flying debris, nails, screws, and a variety of other debris and tools almost always litter any construction project.


When you park your vehicle in close proximity to such areas, you’re putting it at high risk for incurring accidental auto glass damage. While either the builder’s insurance or your insurance will likely cover the damages, the last thing you need is a phone call informing you that you’re facing an inevitable auto glass repair.


Need Windshield Repair? Contact Only 1 Auto Glass Today

If you’re driving around with a damaged windshield, it’s time to contact our team at Only 1 Auto Glass. Whether you just need a minor rock chip repair or you need a full windshield replacement, our highly trained technicians are at your service. With over 200 years of combined experience among our team and 15 convenient locations throughout the Twin Cities metro, we make auto glass repairs quick and easy. To learn more about our repair services or to schedule your appointment, give our team a call at 651-789-1111 or reach out to us on our contact page. For your convenience, you can also request your free estimate online.