Windshield cracks can be a nuisance and potentially dangerous if left unchecked. Here are some tips on how to prevent windshield cracks from spreading:
- Avoid extreme temperatures: Extreme temperature changes can cause the windshield to expand and contract, which can worsen existing cracks. Park your car in a garage or shaded area whenever possible, and use a windshield sunshade in hot weather.
- Drive carefully: Rough roads, potholes, and speed bumps can all cause vibrations that can cause the crack to spread. Avoid rough driving whenever possible and take care when going over bumps and uneven surfaces.
- Avoid sudden temperature changes: If you need to use your air conditioning or defrost, don’t blast it on the windshield immediately. Gradually increase or decrease the temperature to avoid sudden changes that can cause the windshield to expand or contract.
If your windshield crack has already started spreading there are a few other options to consider:
- Apply Clear Packing Tape: Start by cleaning the cracked area with a dry cloth, and then cover it with a piece of clear packing tape. This will prevent moisture and dirt from entering the crack and causing it to spread.
- Protect Your Windshield: During hot weather conditions, it’s essential to park your vehicle in the shade to protect the windshield from direct sunlight and water. Parking in a garage or carport is ideal, but any shade will help prevent the crack from expanding.
- Consider a Repair Kit for Minor Cracks: For minor cracks, a windshield repair kit can be an effective solution. However, it’s essential to note that DIY repairs won’t be as effective as professional repairs. Additionally, once you attempt a repair, there’s no second chance, and you won’t be able to repair it again if you’re not satisfied with the results. It’s best to rely on professional assistance for severe or complex cracks.
Call the Professionals for Help
This is the most important step: call for help before the cracks spread! Go ahead and schedule an appointment with True Blue Auto Glass or talk to an expert at 1-800-749-GLASS.