What to do when your windshield cracks on a road trip
It’s not something we want to think about while on a road trip, but it’s something that can and does happen while driving on the open highway – a cracked windshield. Our vehicle’s windshield is one of the top safety components of a vehicle, which becomes especially heightened when you’re on the road for hours at a time. What do you do in this situation when you’re away from the comfort and convenience of home?
Pullover and inspect the damage
If a rock or other debris has cracked your windshield, pull over at the next stop to inspect the damage. This will help you get an idea of what to expect when you call your insurance provider and the nearest auto glass repair shop. Typically, the following types of chips can be repaired:
Call your insurance provider
Your insurance provider may cover some windshield damage, and it’s worth giving them a call to explain the situation. Even if they don’t cover the cost of a windshield repair or replacement, they may be able to assist you with towing, roadside assistance, or if you have optional coverage on your policy that pays for your accommodations while your windshield is being repaired.
Avoid DIY windshield repair kits
It can be tempting to find a quick and cheap fix like a DIY windshield repair kit. We get it – you want to get back on the road and enjoy your vacation as much as possible! However, this can hurt you more later on. If the job is done hastily and you don’t fill the damage completely, a failed DIY windshield repair can’t be undone. You’ll need to take your vehicle into an auto glass shop and have the windshield completely replaced.
Find a local auto glass repair shop
If you’re vacationing in the Calgary area, give our auto glass repair shop a call. We can fix all types of chips, minor cracks, and if necessary, provide a complete windshield replacement. Whatever the case, our goal is to help you get back on the road safely. We can also offer mobile windshield repair services in the Calgary area if you cannot drive down to our shop.
Preparing your windshield for a road trip
Although rocks, debris, and accidents are out of our control, there are certain steps you can take to prepare your windshield for a road trip.
- Repair or replace any damaged glass – Before you hit the road, be sure to get any glass damage repaired, no matter how seemingly small. That damage will eventually get bigger as you spend hours on the road until it becomes a replacement.
- Schedule a windshield inspection – Your windshield may look to be in good condition, but a certified auto glass technician can identify any trouble spots and small damage cracks, pits, and other damage that can make your windshield more susceptible to cracking on the road.
While on a road trip, take extra precautions to help protect your windshield from damage. Keep a good distance from cars ahead of you, look for underground or covered parking, do your best to avoid gravel roads, and steer clear of semi-trucks and other large vehicles.