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!


  1. emily bennette on May 4, 2016 at 4:47 am

    It does seem like a good idea to try to avoid getting hit by a rock. However, it can sometimes be unavoidable. So, it does seem like a good idea to fix chips in your windshield as soon as possible.

    • adventureautoglass on May 4, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      Hello Deleware auto glass friends! You are correct. Sometimes it is unavoidable. We would certainly agree that chip repair is a good idea. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. (you are welcome for the backlink)

  2. Robert Nissenbaum on June 20, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    All of these are great tips. When possible, what is your thought on using back roads vs highways? Is one more likely to result in damage?

    • adventureautoglass on June 20, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      Depends on the “back roads”. If they are dirt, the risk goes up. If they are paved, go for it. Less traffic, longer lives the windshield! 🙂

  3. City Glass Centre on August 31, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Some additional tips to protect your car windscreen glass from a chip/crack are:

    a) Avoid parking your car directly under a tree. The shade of the tree does prevent your car from heating up under the sun, but you do not want a bark from and old tree or its fruit to fall on your car glass and leave a scratch or crack on your glass.

    b) Avoid parking your car near a playground – You don’t want to park your car where the kids are playing soccer or cricket (basically any ball game) since, there is a fair chance of the ball striking your glass/car and denting either your car body or casing damage to your car glass.

  4. First Response Glass on May 30, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Car bra installation may also be recommended and one must avoid passing along road constructions. Thanks for this great read article.

  5. Bobby Saint on December 20, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    I like that you provided some tips on how to avoid chips and cracks on your windshield such as not driving off-road. There are many pebbles that can sometimes fly over your windshield which can cause some chips and cracks. Also, it’s best to stay away from heavy machinery. Always maintain a distance of one car between the vehicle in front of you to ensure that the debris wouldn’t be directly thrown at your windshield. I would make sure to keep this in mind especially now that I’ve just had my windshield replaced. Thanks.

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