There aren't many worse feelings when driving than the one you get upon having a rock or other object put a crack or chip in your windshield. Not only does it look awful, it could also potentially be dangerous if the chip starts to spread. If you are in need of a windshield repair, you should get your vehicle to the local auto shop as soon as possible. But until you can get an appointment, you will need to take steps to make sure that the crack in the windshield does not expand. Here are some tips you can try to keep things under control.
It may sound strange, but one of the most effective tools you can use to stop a cracked windshield from spreading is a piece of clear tape. The idea is that if dirt or other substances get into the crack, it could cause it to get worse. Put a piece of clear tape over the chip to keep dirt out. Just make sure that the tape is truly clear and does not make it difficult for you to see the road.
Lay Off the Defroster and Air Conditioning
Having any kind of heat blast on the windshield when it's cold outside, or having cold air hit the affected area when it's hot can create a reaction that will cause the windshield chip to expand. If it's too hot inside the car, try driving with the windows down instead of using the air conditioning. You will also want to avoid leaving the car out in the sun where the heat can hit the windshield directly.
Avoid Washing Your Car and Use Windshield Wipers Sparingly
If you plan on getting the chip fully repaired by a specialist, you may also want to avoid getting your car washed. The wash could cause soap or dirt to get into the cracked area, and possibly make the repair job less effective. You also want to avoid using the windshield wipers or spraying cleaning solution unless it is absolutely necessary for much the same reasons.
If your windshield gets a chip or crack in it, don't panic. Make arrangements to get it repaired as soon as possible, but then take steps to stop it from spreading until you can get your car into the shop. Avoid exposing your windshield to extreme temperatures, don't a lot of cleaning solution on the affected area, and try to keep dirt out by using a piece of clear tape.