How Important is Your Windshield to Your Safety During a Road Trip?

Windshields can crack in a blink of an eye and are a quick and easy repair, although when you’re planning on leaving for a road trip, they can throw a wrench in your plans. So how important are windshields? Not only do they protect you from the outside elements, but they also ensure your aoirbags work properly, but they also help maintain the structural integrity of your car in a rollover.

Before heading out for your windshield, consider these tips when it comes to your windshield!

My windshield is chipped, should I have it looked at?

Yes! A chip can easily spread into a large crack at any time, but more so during the warmer months due to constant temperature changes. The last thing you’ll want to worry about is having your chip spread and having to find someone to replace your windshield mid-road trip. If the chip is small, it will most likely be able to be repaired which maintains the original seal and is a safe, economical alternative that can be repaired faster than a full replacement.

How does a windshield repair work?

When you are having a chip in your windshield repaired, a vacuum is created over the damaged area in order to remove air and moisture in order for the resin to properly penetrate and fill all cracks. Once the resin is injected, a UV light is used to harden the resin.

What if the crack cannot be repaired?

If the crack/chip in your windshield cannot be repaired, your windshield will need to be replaced. Depending on the make and model of your car and car insurance coverage, the cost of replacement can differ.

How long should I wait after a windshield repair/replacement to drive my car?

Depending on the weather conditions, most cars can be driven with 45-minutes to two hours of your windshield repair/replacement. Always confirm with your technician!

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Hurricane Driving Hazards & How to Avoid Them

With a hurricane comes high winds and flooding rains, which can reap havoc on power lines and roads, making driving unsafe. Whether you experienced damage at your home or not, venturing out in your vehicle can still be dangerous so it’s important to practice safe driving. With these tips, you’ll be able to identify hurricane driving hazards and know how to avoid them.

Dangers of Driving During & After a Hurricane

When electrical lines go down during storms, whether they are utility, cable, or telephone cables, they can energize the other lines as well. Mix in water and even non-conductive materials around the effected lines can be electrified and create safety problems. If you see downed lines, stay away from them and allow the professionals to clean them up.

Driving in Hurricane-Effected Areas

Avoid driving during or immediately after a hurricane if at all possible. If you absolutely have to or if there is an evacuation underway, be watchful of power lines, tree limbs, and other road blockages. Driving over downed lines can cause your car to become energized, and in which case, you’ll want to remain in your car and call for help.

If you experience a cracked or damaged windshield during a hurricane, contact our team at Carolina Windshield Centers to schedule your repair or replacement appointment at 1-800-900-1505.