5 Ways to Avoid Windshield Damage

Thirty percent of all auto insurance claims in the United States happen because of broken windshields. Vehicle safety relies on a complete and undamaged windshield for protection during an accident and also so the driver has an unobstructed view. While preventing every broken windshield is likely impossible, drivers can take steps to reduce the chance of a chip or crack.

  1. Stay Away From Loaded Trucks

Construction vehicles are often a source of trouble for all vehicle owners driving behind them. Any truck with a load of dirt or gravel puts the vehicles behind them at risk. Of course, work trucks carry not only gravel but also tools, equipment, and many other items that can easily slip out of an unsecured truck bed.

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Storm Conditions That May Cause Windshield Chips and Cracks

Sudden storms present a real danger when you’re driving, particularly for your windshield. Unfortunately, many storm factors may cause chips and cracks, which can be dangerous. For example, studies have found that windshields provide up to 30 percent of your vehicle’s structural strength, so a compromise here could be a problem if you don’t get them fixed.

Hail and Ice May Create Chips

Rain, no matter how hard it falls, is not likely to chip or crack your windshield. Water doesn’t have that kind of weight or density. However, frozen water — such as hail or even ice chunks — could easily cause a chip. Though the risk of a crack forming from nothing isn’t too high, a chip from a hailstone could quickly turn into cracks if struck by another hailstone.


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Car Window Tinting: What You Need to Know

Tinting your car windows has many benefits, but learning about the choices and options available, as well as local legal restrictions, can be overwhelming. However, tinting is a great way to customize your car if you know what you want ahead of time and are careful to maintain your newly tinted windows.

Here is more information about the benefits of tinted windows, an explanation of the types of tints available and tinting laws, and the ways to keep those tints looking good. (more…)

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