Avoiding and preventing a windshield crack means more than driving carefully (although we absolutely do recommend that). But what about when you’re not in your car? Windshield cracks and damage can still occur then too, and often it does. Compromised auto glass creates a risk for you when driving, so prevention is important to avoid repairs or replacements. If you’re wondering what you can do to keep your car safe when you’re not in, just keep reading. You’re in the right place!
1. Think Before You Park
You might not think much about where you’re parking your car, especially when you’re in a hurry and just need to find an open spot. But, where you park your car could mean the difference between a cracked windshield or an intact one. If you’re parking at home and don’t have a garage or driveway space, park as close to the curb as possible to avoid being in the way of ongoing traffic. You may not be driving, but if other cars run over rocks or gravel, that can go flying at your car, resulting in a windshield crack.
If you’re out and about, consider parking away from the crowd. It’s nice to get the first-row spot, but that’s also where everyone else is going to be trying to park. The best way to avoid and prevent any kind of vehicle damage is to park away from others. A further walk costs a lot less than windshield repairs.
2. Don’t Be a Target
Often times, windshield cracks are the result of vandalism. We can’t control what others do and while it’s not entirely preventable, there are things we can do to make cars less likely to get broken into. Don’t leave valuables in your car, and if you have no choice, make sure they’re hidden. Stow them away in the trunk, under your seat, or in a compartment in your vehicle. At the very least, put a jacket or object over whatever it is that you’re trying to hide. If it looks like there’s nothing in your car of value, it’s less likely to get broken into, which means you’re less likely to come upon a windshield crack or any other broken glass.
3. Drive Smart
As we mentioned earlier, it’s also your job to make sure you’re out of harm’s way. When you’re driving, be careful going over bumpy, gravel roads. Avoid barrelling through potholes and try to avoid driving during a hailstorm. When you do have to park in a crowded parking lot, make sure you park correctly and leave room for others to get in or out. When you’re backing out, look behind you, then look again. Always check your surrounding, whether you’re getting in your car to drive or getting ready to park.
Sometimes, even when we take all the precautions we possibly could imagine, we still end up with a windshield crack. If this happens to you, don’t panic, just call Fast Glass Service in Russellville at 1-800-242-5644. We’ll diagnose the problem and do whatever it takes to repair your windshield and get you back on the road driving safe.