Imagine you've just packed up the car with suitcases, snacks, and excited screaming kids, and hit the road for a much-needed vacation. The road trip is starting out smoothly with good music and great weather. As you take the ramp onto the highway, suddenly a piece of loose gravel hurdles toward your windshield, leaving a dime-sized ding in your front glass. It's imperative that you find the next exit and get a quick fix because driving with a cracked windshield is dangerous, but who can you call for this kind of emergency roadside assistance? In situations like this, it is best to call a mobile glass repair technician who can come to you, wherever you are, and make quick and affordable repairs to get you back on the road toward your destination.
Tips for Handling On-The-Go Windshield Damage
Windshield chips and cracks occur at the most unexpected and inconvenient times, requiring a fast response and immediate repairs to ensure the damage doesn't spread. Even a small chip can become a large crack in no time without proper attention. This is especially true if the damage happens on a road trip where you will be driving a long distance with fluctuating temperatures. Here are some tips for handling windshield damage on road trips.
- If the damage occurs while driving, pull off at the nearest exit slowly and safely, and park your car in the nearest public lot. Park under an awning or carport at a gas station if possible in case it rains. Do not try to drive with the damage as chips and cracks in the driver's line of vision will decrease driver visibility.
- Assess the location and the extent of the damage to your auto glass so that you can describe it in detail to a glass repair technician. If the chip or crack is bigger than the size of a quarter, or longer than the length of a standard credit card, you will need a full windshield replacement. Damage occurring in the driver's line of sight also warrants a replacement (not a repair).
- Use this downtime as a bathroom break or rest stop to grab some food and make a call to set up an appointment for mobile repairs. Pop into a nearby shop and browse through the postcards and souvenirs. Even though windshield damage is a bummer, it doesn't have to ruin the fun!
Whether you are headed on a camping trip to the mountains or to the boardwalk to enjoy the sunset, Glass America offers emergency mobile assistance and repairs across the nation at no extra cost. When you call in for repairs, a professional customer service representative will make every effort to schedule the repair at YOUR earliest convenience. Same day appointments are usually possible if you call in early in the day. Trained technicians will come to your rescue at your hotel, campground, or other convenient location you choose and get you behind the wheel again in no time. This comes in handy when the whole family is eager to get to your destination! During a mobile windshield repair, the technician injects high-quality resin into the crack that will stop it from spreading and depending on the location and extent of the damage, this may be all you need to get back on the road. If your crack is extensive or in driver's side line of sight and you need a full windshield replacement, Glass America is happy to provide this mobile roadside service as well. Don't let windshield damage put a damper on your road trip. Glass America offers affordable rates that do not include any OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) or OEE (Original Equipment Equivalent) quality glass, lifetime warranty on workmanship and reasonable rates. We are also happy to work with your insurance company to process a claim if needed. Get an instant quote from Glass America for your mobile windshield repairs! It's easy to do from your phone, wherever you are. You will be able to schedule an appointment online at the end of the quote process.