Driving with a Crack in your Windshield
You walk out to your car one day, get in the driver’s seat, and notice that your windshield has developed a crack, seemingly overnight. If your windshield is now sporting a long crack, spider web, or other ding, you’re probably wondering if you have to get a replacement windshield right now.
Windshielf Crack Repair
At some point in your driving life, you’re going to experience a cracked windshield. When it happens, you may wonder if that crack will spread and require you to replace the whole windshield. Here are some tips that will help you decide what to do next:
Need to Save Your Windshield?
You are driving on a sunny day in Pittsburgh when a rock kicks up from a street crater, and hits your windshield; is it salvageable? There are differences between a windshield scrape, chip and crack. Depending on the depth of the damage, whether a small scrape, a lengthy crack or a deep chip, your windshield may need to be completely replaced, or simply repaired. Here are a few basic tips from our professionals at Three Rivers Auto Glass.
Safety Tips for the Road
The season of road trips is upon us, but is your vehicle ready? There are many things that you can do yourself to prepare your vehicle for traveling. Yet there may also be some maintenance requirements that only professionals can fix, such as our windshield repair and replacement services. At Three Rivers Auto Glass we want to make sure that every vehicle is ready and prepared for a road trip filled with both fun and safety throughout the entire journey.
-Maintenance & Prepare Your Vehicle In Advance
Providing your vehicle with general maintenance before your road trip is simple yet imperative for preparing it for a lengthy journey on the road. From filling the gas tank, getting an oil change and topping off other fluids, to checking tire pressure and giving your vehicle a good post-trip cleaning, general maintenance is the best way to up-keep your vehicle and make it road trip ready. Although general maintenance helps to prevent major issues, also check the mechanical functioning of your vehicle, from bumper to fender. Doing these things one or two weeks before your road trip is best, to enable room for major fixes if necessary.
Have You Cleaned Your Vehicle?
Spring is here and so is the dirt from last season. Salt, debris and other winter weather remnants collect over the colder months and will make your vehicle filthy. With this in mind, here are a few spring cleaning tips for your car, from us at Three River’s Auto Glass.
Washing your vehicle is the best simple way to cleanse its exterior. Most drivers think to wash their cars’ exterior where they can see; however, there are other exterior spaces that need cleaned which are difficult to spot—like a vehicle’s undercarriage. Winter road salt and other street debris can do great harm beneath your vehicle, if left unattended to. Salt, for instance, will assist in rusting your vehicle’s undercarriage. This is why it is important to properly wash beneath your vehicle, as well as wash the sides, hood, roof, trunk, et cetera…
What Do You Know About Your Windshield?
Your vehicle’s windshield is a standard part of the entire motor machine. A windshield is actually so standard that you may forget about how important your vehicle’s windshield really is. Three Rivers Auto Glass is here to remind you of some good things to know about your vehicle’s windshield, and how to do what when it needs repaired.
What to do when your Windshield Cracks?
Dealing with a damaged windshield can be frustrating and dangerous. One day a petite road rock hits your windshield and causes a starburst-like crack. The next day a speed bump turns that crack into a long fissure running along your entire windshield. A damaged windshield can make it difficult to see the road through it, making for not-so-safe driving conditions. And since windshields are literally glass shields which protect the vehicle’s driver and passengers from a multitude of road-side elements, a defected windshield leaves for defective protection. Even so, yielding cracked windshield repair does not have to be a difficult process.
Do you Have a Crack in Your Windshield
Perhaps you saw a small chip in your windshield and forgot about it until you see a crack that goes across the side. Or you hop into your car one morning on the way to work and you have to you see a crack that goes across your line of vision. It is a nuisance that no one wants to deal with.
Windshield cracks can occur when any airborne object of some substance collides with the windshield. If you have a crack on your windshield that is longer than an inch, it is time to get it repaired. Not only is it ugly to look at, but damage to your windshield can be a major safety concern. Cracks can impact the structural integrity of your windshield, particularly if you were in a traffic accident.
Highway Windshield Protection
We spend more time on the roads than ever before — commuting to work, traveling and just getting to and fro where we need to be in our daily lives. All the time spent on busy highways alongside trucks, construction vehicles, and other large automobiles can wreak havoc on our windshields.
Without a shadow of a doubt, the number one cause of minor damage to windshields is related to highway driving.
Questions About your Windshield
Modern vehicle windshields are stronger than ever — often consisting of two curved sheets of glass with a plastic layer laminated between them for safety — but this has not made them resistant to cracks, chips or scratches. Damage to your windshield can be both an eyesore and a safety concern.
But how do you know when your windshield needs a simple repair and when it needs to be replaced?