How to Avoid Windshield Damage While on the Road

Drivers everywhere know they can call Auto Glass Fitters for mobile windshield repair, whether they’re stranded in Pittsburgh with a huge bullseye hole blocking their view of the road, or a small chip that occurred in Philadelphia has spread into a full-blown crack by the time they reach the Poconos.

Safety is our top priority. While we can’t prevent all windshield emergencies, we can try to help drivers avoid them. 

Follow these simple tips to protect your auto glass this winter.

Maintain Safe Following Distance

You know how annoying it is when someone is tailgating you; why do that to someone else? Not only is it unsafe to follow behind other cars too closely, in general, you’re also leaving yourself vulnerable to windshield damage if the car in front of you kicks up rocks or sharp objects from the road. Use the “two-second rule” at a bare minimum, and you’ll reduce your risk of windshield cracks — not to mention dangerous collisions!

Take Care Around Construction

There are two very good reasons for reduced speed limits around construction sites: the safety of the workers, and the safety of the motorists. Sharp objects abound in construction areas, from stones to nails to tools to nuts and bolts from equipment. Any of those could crack, pierce, or shatter your windshield in the blink of an eye. Slow down and observe the posted speed limit to protect all people and property in the vicinity.

Beware of Trucks and Trains

Train tracks are surrounded by rocks and debris that can easily become airborne when you’re crossing the tracks in your car or while a train is passing at high speed. Don’t drive or stop too close to the tracks.

On the road, keep your distance from tractor-trailers or dump trucks, particularly those carrying gravel. Trucks with multiple tires and protective mud flaps that are too short, ripped, — or missing altogether — can send road debris flying. Trucks with improperly secured loads can also cause damage to surrounding vehicles. Let trucks pass or shift into a different lane so that the vehicle is not yours!

Repair Cracks Right Away!

No matter how careful you are, windshield cracks can still happen, and they never happen at a convenient time. If your windshield suffers even a small chip out on the road, don’t wait to call Auto Glass Fitters for mobile windshield repair, in Wilkes Barre, PA, or anywhere you happen to be. 

Driving with a damaged windshield could endanger you, your passengers, and other motorists. That’s why we’re available anytime to provide fast, affordable repair services and keep our roads safe! Contact us today for more information or to schedule service.