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Your car includes dozens of safety measures – some of which you might not even know about! But the most visible safety measure of any vehicle is the windshield. Windshields are designed to keep you safe from the weather, road debris, bugs, and other hazards of the outside world while you’re driving. 

But what happens if your windshield breaks or shatters while you’re traveling down the road?

Pull Over and Stop As Soon As Possible

If your windshield breaks or shatters in your neighborhood, you might be able to make it to the driveway. But if you’re away from home traveling on a highway or down the Interstate highway, you need to get to a safe place as soon as possible. Most importantly, you need to stop your vehicle to make sure nothing else comes flying into the cab of your truck or car at high speeds. It’s also important to stop as soon as possible so that the pressure of the wind doesn’t cause further damage or push your windshield into the car – and onto you and your passengers. 

A broken windshield also obscures your view of the road and other vehicles. Trying to drive with a broken windshield is incredibly dangerous. You might even find yourself in a more serious car accident.

Pull over to the side of the road or into a parking lot as soon as you safely can!

Perform a Safety Check

Once you’ve safely pulled over and stopped, check yourself and your passengers for any injuries. Because windshields are designed with two panes of safety glass with a layer of protective plastic between, most breaks and shatters won’t necessarily mean glass flying through your cabin. If you or your passengers experience serious injury due to a windshield break or shatter, though, call for medical attention immediately. 

Next, check the outside of your vehicle to assess any further damage. Whatever impacted your windshield might also have damaged the body of your vehicle, your tires, or even motor components or the undercarriage of your vehicle. Check for any odors of gas or fire and immediately get as far away from the vehicle as possible if you detect any potential dangers. Then, call for help from the police or fire departments.

Call a Local, Trusted Windshield Repair or Replacement Company

A local, trusted windshield repair or replacement company – like Fast Glass Services – can respond to your emergency windshield break almost immediately. At Fast Glass Services, we offer mobile windshield replacement and repair anywhere you are. Our technicians will arrive, assess the damage, and perform repairs or replacement when possible. Even if we can’t repair or replace your windshield where your car is stopped, we can help you get your vehicle to a safe location to replace your broken or shattered windshield. 

We understand that these situations can be stressful and traumatic. Our team is here to help – and we can repair or replace windshields almost anywhere!

Prevent These Dangerous Situations in the Future

The thought of a windshield breaking or shattering while you’re driving is terrifying, but this scenario is incredibly rare. That’s because your windshield is designed to distribute impacts over the entirety of the windshield itself and maintain its integrity even if it breaks or shatters.

Even chips and cracks in your windshield, while they may not seem like a big deal, can damage the integrity of your windshield. To prevent a major break or shatter, it’s important to keep a close eye on your windshield. If you notice chips or cracks, call a windshield repair or replacement company right away! Keeping your windshield whole and undamaged will prevent almost every major break or shatter occurrence while you’re on the road.

Call Fast Glass Services for Your Windshield Needs

Whether you have an emergency repair need or have noticed a chip or crack in your windshield, Fast Glass Services is the perfect local company to serve you! Our emergency repair services and mobile windshield replacement can get to you and your vehicle just about anywhere. Our friendly technicians – whether they come to you or serve you in our shop – will have your windshield repaired or replaced in no time!