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!

Car Tips for Traveling with your Dog

Traveling with your dog is a great way to make your vacation or trip a lot more fun. Many families and dog owners don’t want to to leave their best friends at home and are planning dog friendly trips. If you aren’t flying, this means you will be bringing your dog in your car with you. Traveling with your dog can be stressful, but if you are properly prepared it can be a great time. Try these tips to better enjoy traveling with your dog:

  • Use a crate when traveling with your dog. If your dog is not used to being in a crate, start introducing them to the crate over the course of a few weeks before the trip. You’ll want your dog to be comfortable with being in the crate. You might feel bad about putting your furry friend away into a crate, but this is the safest place for a dog in a car.
  • Keep your dog well-hydrated at all times and take frequent urination breaks.
  • Have small snacks ready for your dog. Big meals are a bad idea because of car sickness, but small snacks are okay.
  • Never leave your dog unattended in a closed car. Even with the windows cracked, your car becomes an oven fast for a dog.

 

Carolina Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop. For more information about our windshield replacement services, contact our Charlotte, NC auto glass shop at 800-900-1505.