Chipped your car’s windshield while driving down the highway? No need to freak out! We’ve got you covered.
Depending on the size of the crack, you’ll either have to get your windshield repaired or replaced. However, in case of emergencies there are a few things you can do to make sure it stays intact before you have experts take a look at it.
Avoid Washing It
Rinsing the affected windshield area may seem like a good idea to keep it clean, but that’s actually a mistake you do not want to make! While keeping the windshield dirt-free is recommended to avoid big complications for the repair process, washing it can mess things up even more than they already are.
Using water or a glass cleaner can further damage your windshield by seeping into the inner safety layer through the cracks or chips. If this happens, you might have to completely replace your windshield instead of getting it repaired. Moreover, having moisture get stuck inside the crack can also interfere with the resin and prevent it from adhering properly or cause discoloring.
Keep your windshield dry at all costs! Wiping it with a dry towel will keep adequately clean until you get it repaired or replaced.
Tape It Up
Another temporary way to keep your windshield intact is covering the cracked area with a piece of clear tape. Doing so will protect the affected area from being invaded by moisture and dirt, and will keep it clean. Moreover, a clear tape will not obstructing your view while you drive.
Be careful about the type of tape you use! Using the scotch or duct tape you find in your supply cabinet will do you no good. Not all tapes can keep moisture or dirt out, and can also block your view of the road. Thus, only use clear packing tape for this temporary fix.
Call an Auto Glass Service
While clear tape and a clean, dry windshield will be able to temporarily hold the damage for a little while, your ultimate solution lies with getting it professionally repaired or replaced. Sure, the moisture and dirt may be kept out for the time being but the tape is nowhere as strong or as adequate to keep the crack from spreading.
A slight speed bump, a slam of the car door, or even a shift in the temperature can further increase the problem. Thus, it is imperative you get in touch with an auto glass repair shop ASAP to have your windshield looking good as new in no time. Not only will this save you from the hassle of constantly checking if your windshield is held together, it will also save you money in the long run.