Four Times You Should Check Your Windshield For Damage

Car windshields can be tricky to care for.  Even the tiniest chip or crack can turn into a much larger problem, given enough time, and a damaged windshield is an accident waiting to happen. For this reason, it's a good idea to always be on the lookout for situations that may have damaged your windshield without you knowing it. This way, you can catch a cracked or chipped windshield early and take care of it before it spreads. Here are four times when it would be a great idea to check your windshield for damage:

1. After a Hailstorm

Hail is one of the more common causes of windshield damage. This is especially true during particularly severe hailstorms where the hailstones themselves are very large, or during storms that take a long time to blow over. Once the weather clears up, you should inspect the windshield of any of your vehicles that are parked outside. To prevent damage in the first place when you know a hailstorm is on its way, try parking in a garage or other type of shelter if possible.

2. After driving on a bumpy, unpaved road

This may not be a huge issue if you live in a very urban area, but for many people the occasional unpaved road is a simple fact of life. If you've been off-road or doing some driving on an unpaved road, it's not a bad idea to inspect your windshield for any nicks or dings after the fact.

3. After driving behind a large truck

It's not uncommon for the wheels of large trucks or trailers to kick up loose rocks or pebbles and send them flying towards you. Although you may notice right away, other times any damage will be so small or in such a location that you won't be able to see it while driving. If you suspect that a large vehicle you've been driving behind may have inadvertently sent some loose rocks in your direction, give your windshield a brief inspection once you've parked.

4. Anytime you've been away from your car for a while

If you've been on vacation without your car for a few days and it's been outside, it's always a good idea to check for any damage when you return. You never know what type of weather may have occurred while you were away.

Don't be caught unawares by a tiny ding on your windshield turning into a giant crack when you least expect it. Be aware of what shape your vehicle's windshield is in and have it serviced by an auto glass repair shop when needed; your car will thank you! To learn more, visit Solarteck Auto Glass Window tinting