Windshield Replacement: 5 Things NOT to Do

Everybody has been there. You’re driving down the road and the semi-trailer in front of you kicks up a rock which shoots right at your face. You might even reflexively duck, only to discover that the rock has struck your windshield leaving a large, starlike fracture. Although you can keep driving with a crack, a fracture severely reduces the strength of your windshield. Although a highway rock might seem like a fluke occurrence, if it happened once, it can happen again. Here are some things not to do after you’ve received a windshield replacement.

What Not to Do When You Need a Windshield Replacement

It’s never convenient to schedule car work, and a windshield replacement is something that you might be tempted to put off. However, it’s important to always make sure that your vehicle is in top condition and fully capable of protecting you on the road. A windshield replacement is a relatively simple procedure, but there are some things to remember about performing this routine operation to ensure your new windshield will serve you for a long time.

  • Don’t put the replacement off
  • Don’t wash the car immediately after the windshield replacement
  • Don’t slam the doors
  • Don’t drive on bumpy roads
  • Contact your insurance

Don’t Put the Replacement Off

It’s tempting to keep driving with a cracked window, but it’s important to schedule an appointment and get your windshield fixed as soon as possible. It’s uncommon for rocks to be flung up from other vehicles, but it happens often enough for auto glass garages to stay in business. A cracked windshield can lead to traveling cracks that can severely compromise the security of your vehicle. You don’t want to be driving a vehicle that receives another strike against an already cracked windshield.

Don’t Wash the Car Immediately After the Windshield Replacement

The sealants used to affix a replacement windshield can be damaged by the chemical agents in car cleaners. Give the windshield at least twenty-four hours, and preferably three days to dry completely. Do not remove the sealant tape that is often installed to protect the process for at least twenty-four hours. You don’t want to complete your windshield replacement only to have to turn around and drop off your car at the repair shop for the same job less than a day later.

Don’t Slam the Doors

The windshield is going to be fragile for the first few days after the new windshield replacement. If you slam your doors, you can create a burst of air pressure that can dislodge the windshield from its position. It’s a good idea to leave your passenger window open about a quarter of an inch so air can escape through them rather than push against the windshield. The jarring impact of a door slam can also be detrimental to the new seal.

Don’t Drive On Bumpy Roads

Once the seal has properly dried your windshield can resist tremendous force. However, while it’s still drying, you do not want to take your vehicle out on bumpy roads. The bouncing of bumpy roads can cause your newly installed windshield to pop out of place. If you can’t let your car sit for three days after installation, drive at low speeds on good roads. Potholes and speed bumps can create impacts that dislodge a newly installed windshield.

Contact Your Insurance

Replacing a windshield can be expensive. Make sure to call up your insurance and make sure the cost of the replacement is covered. If your insurance works through reimbursement, don’t forget to file your paperwork to get your insurance check.

Safety First

Your windshield is there to protect you from road debris. You do not want to trust your life to a cracked or defective windshield. Autoglass shops are willing to work with you to get you back on the road at the greatest convenience to you. If you have a broken windshield, be sure to call the friendly people at Bruce Chevrolet Collision Center. They can offer you critical guidance that will help you get back on the road as conveniently and as safely as possible.

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