Let’s face it, Arizona has a lot of rocks. We are asked daily on how to avoid getting chips and cracks. Unfortunately, the answer is not what any of us want to hear. That answer is simple, don’t drive. YEAH RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!
Realistically what can we do to help avoid the chip in the windshield? Here are a few tips to help your windshield live a longer life. Although well intentioned, those pesky rocks still find ways to chip the glass. Take a deep breath, call your insurance agent and add glass coverage if you don’t already have it. Arizona has more glass breakage than any other state! GO US!
1) Do not drive directly behind heavy machinery. Give ’em lots of room. These big bad trucks are a HUGE cause of rock damage to vehicles. Stay back. Save your windshield.
2) Do not tailgate the driver in front of you. Driving too close can wreak havoc on your windshield.
3) Do not use hot water to “defrost” your windshield. If you have a tiny chip in it already, the extreme temperature change can cause it to break.
4) Drive slowly after winter storms. The defrosting agents used can play a major part in windshield damage.
5) Stay on the road – we have a lot of little pebbles on the shoulders. Stay off em!