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What To Do If You Have a Cracked Windshield

Most drivers will encounter a chipped or cracked windshield at some point in their lives. Knowing what to do can help you avoid safety issues or more expensive repairs.

Get It Repaired

Even a small chip can expand into a much larger problem if you do not get it repaired. Windshield repair Denton can fill small chips to prevent them from spreading, repair cracks and if need be, replace the whole windshield. If you have comprehensive coverage on your car, your insurance may pay for the repairs.

Avoid Temperature Changes

If you can not immediately get your windshield repaired, there are steps you can take to minimize additional damage. Large changes in temperature can cause an existing crack or chip to expand. Try to avoid running the air conditioner or heat in the car, because the difference between the interior temperature of the car and the outside air can put stress on the damaged area. Also, avoid parking your car in direct sunlight.

Drive Only When You Must

The vibration from driving your car can cause a chip to expand into a crack and a crack to expand into a bigger crack. It is best to only drive your car when you must until you can get your windshield repaired.

Use Caution With DIY Fixes

Do-it-yourself options, such as crack repair kits, may help, but are usually not as reliable as a professional repair and in some cases may make the problem worse. Attempting to repair the crack yourself when it is too hot or too cold or failing to remove all of the dust from the crack can make the damage less stable and more likely to worsen.

Windshield damage is a common hazard of driving. Promptly getting the damage repaired and taking steps to avoid making the damage worse can save you money and time in the shop.