When a rock flies up and hits your window, it can be startling. Many times, the damage seems minimal at first, but within a few days the crack begins to grow. If the crack is already bigger than a quarter, it may be too late to repair it and a replacement may be the only viable choice. Yet, if you can't schedule a replacement right away, you have good reason to be concerned -- the crack will likely continue to grow, compromising the integrity of the glass and the safety of your vehicle. Although a prompt repair is best, it's not always feasible. The following are a few emergency measures that may help in the interim:
Avoid Temperature Fluctuations
Temperature fluctuations are one of the main ways a windshield chip or crack becomes larger. The glass contracts in cold weather and expands when exposed to heat, a process that causes the weak area around the crack to extend. This means you want to avoid quick, drastic temperature changes until you get the window repaired. For example, don't park in direct sunlight, especially on a cold day. You should also avoid parking in heated garages when temperatures outside are below freezing. Further, take care when defrosting the windows. First, heat the interior of the car slowly before switching on the defrost. This way the glass warms up gradually instead of being hit with a blast of hot air.
Make a Temporary Fix
If the crack still seems to be growing and you can't yet get it repaired, you may be able to do a temporary fix. Keep in mind that this fix may ruin the glass, so only perform it on a crack you know is too large for a repair and requires replacement. Clear nail polish or superglue make best and most easily available repair medium. Fill in the crack with the medium you chose, then allow it to dry completely. This is not a permanent fix, so you will still need to get the window replaced as soon as possible.
Look Into Mobile Repair
For many, the main problem is finding time to take the car in to have the crack repaired or the windshield replaced. If this is all that is delaying you, then there is a perfect solution: mobile windshield repair or replacement companies come to you. They can fix the window while you are at work, in class, or even grocery shopping. Simply call ahead and schedule a time and place for them to meet up with you and your vehicle. This way you don't have to wait on a repair, making it easier to fit it into your busy life.
No one wants to deal with a cracked windshield, but sometimes there is no avoiding it. Fortunately, you have options that can help you navigate this issue with as little disruption to your life as possible. For more information, contact companies like Lloyd’s of Shelton Auto Glass LLC.