Are you planning a long road trip this summer? Along with topping up your windshield washer fluid, checking your tire pressure, changing the oil and replacing burnt bulbs, make sure you add inspecting your windshield to that list. Here are three good reasons why you should always check your windshield before hitting the road.
1. Avoid problems while on the road
No one can predict when a windshield will crack. However, if you have any existing chips on your windshield, extreme heat, potholes, speed bumps and rough roads can put enough pressure on the glass to turn a tiny rock chip into a crack that requires immediate repair. Save yourself the hassle of trying to find a repair technician while on the road by having your windshield inspected before you leave.
2. Preserve the safety of the vehicle
Your car’s windshield doesn't just protect you from the elements; it also supports the roof in case of a rollover and prevents you and your passengers from being ejected from the vehicle in a collision. Therefore, ensuring your windshield is in top condition before embarking on a road trip will ensure you’re as safe as possible.
3. Prevent break-ins
It isn’t uncommon to have your vehicle broken into or robbed while on the road, especially if you’re parking in unfamiliar neighbourhoods or leaving your car unattended for hours at a time.A damaged windshield is an invitation to thieves because it makes breaking in easier and increases your likelihood of having your car and its contents stolen. An unblemished and well-maintained windshield adds a layer of protection to hold strong against a break-in attempt.
If you have cracks that are obstructing your view of the road, bring it to an automotive glass technician to have them replace or repair your damaged windshield. Glass repair is a complicated process that requires the right tools and experience. Although you may be tempted to try to fix the problem yourself, hiring a professional is your safest option — and it’ll likely save you money in the long run.
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Do you have a lot of driving ahead of you this summer? If so, make sure you add a windshield inspection to your pre-trip checklist. All West-Glass specializes in auto glass repair and replacement and can have your car serviced on the same day you bring it in. We have 18 retail locations across Canada’s northwest, including Edmonton, Dawson Creek, Houston and Prince George. Contact us today to learn more about our products and services.