If you get a crack or chip in your windshield, it's best to take it in and see if it requires repair. Ignoring the situation can lead to cracks that spread and lead to dangerous situations. You can prevent yourself from finding yourself in the situation of dealing with a cracked windshields by taking some extra measures to protect your windshield from damage. Follow these tips to protect your windshield:
Put windshield film on the windshield
There is film you can put on the surface of your windshield that will help to protect it from damage. This film adds an extra layer of protection that is clear, so it doesn't affect your visibility at all. It also cuts down on the amount of UV rays that come into your car, which is an added bonus. It also repels rain and snow, helping to keep the windshield clear while you drive.
Don't park on the street
Parking on the street puts your windshield at a greater risk of being damaged for a couple different reasons. You have to worry about someone vandalizing your car and the windshield getting damaged by another vehicle that drives by and kicks a rock up. When you are out in public, you should try to park in a parking lot, and at home, consider parking in your own garage, or pulling the car in your driveway or yard.
Avoid having your car out in storms
Watch the weather reports and make sure that you keep your car parked in a covered area anytime there is going to be a storm with high winds or the possibility of hail. Taking your car out where you may leave it exposed to these elements can put your car at greater risk of suffering windshield damage. The wind can blows tree branches and other items on the windshield and the hail can cause damage all on its own.
Have your windshield repaired or replaced right away
If you find that your windshield has a crack in it, or has worse damage, then you should have it repaired or replaced right away. Driving around with a windshield that isn't stable puts you at risk of being in a dangerous situation. If the windshield is so bad that you can't drive it into a shop, you can have a mobile repair person come to you to fix or replace it for you.