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3 Things To Do After Your Windshield Cracks Or Chips

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Imagine that you're driving along the freeway when a semi truck in front of you suddenly kicks up a large piece of construction debris. The debris hits your car's windshield and causes a small chip or crack to develop. This is a common scenario that occurs on roadways every day, and by knowing how to react, you can potentially avoid the need for costly windshield replacement while preventing the chip or crack from getting worse.

File a Comprehensive Claim

If you have comprehensive coverage as part of your auto insurance policy, this would be a good time to give your insurance agent a call and let him or her know about the incident. The sooner you let your agent know, the sooner you can get the claims process rolling. You can also find out when you call if you'll be responsible for paying a deductible or anything else out-of-pocket for the repair.

In most cases, your insurance agent can also handle setting up your repair appointment so you can get the necessary repair made as soon as possible! And, because cracks/chips in windshields can spread quickly, time is of the essence here.

Avoid Driving Your Vehicle

In the meantime, it's best to avoid driving your vehicle, if at all possible, until your repair appointment. Driving over potholes and bumps in the road will cause even a small windshield crack to spread--and eventually, the crack could even spread to the point that it cannot be repaired. If this occurs, your windshield will need to be totally replaced, which can be more expensive and may not be covered by your insurance.

Protect the Area From Moisture and Temperature Extremes

Exposure to temperature extremes and moisture can also cause a windshield crack to further spread, so if possible, try to park your car in a covered spot until the repair can be made. If you have a garage you can park in, this is ideal. Otherwise, even parking under a tree and placing a towel over the windshield crack can help to protect against further damage, which will make the repair easier and more effective.

Experiencing a windshield chip or crack can be frustrating, but the good news is that this type of damage can typically be repaired using a special bonding resin. And in many cases, you may even be able to have a mobile windshield repair service come directly to you!

For more information, contact companies like Lloyd’s of Shelton Auto Glass LLC.