27 Jul How to Prevent Rock Chips
It seems inevitable that, sooner or later, every windshield will suffer a form of rock chip damage. That said, it’s certainly possible to drive in a way that minimizes your chances of rock chip damage to your windshield. While this kind of damage can be a serious inconvenience, it’s important to seek repairs right away, as rock chips can quickly become windshield cracks, which are not only dangerous, but also make for an expensive repair.
Auto Glass Specialists is proud to offer rock chip repair to drivers across Salt Lake County. Our technicians are highly trained, averaging around 12 years of hard-earned experience in the industry. Don’t worry about spending your valuable time driving to a shop. We’ll come right to you! Keep reading to learn more about how to prevent rock chips.
How to Prevent Rock Chips
There are a few things you can do as a driver to minimize your chances for rock chip damage. On some level, though, this kind of damage is unavoidable. But here are some things you can do to avoid the most common causes of rock chip damage:
- Stay 200 Feet Behind Trucks: Trucks have the propensity to shoot gravel farther and at a higher velocity than smaller cars. That said, driving right behind a truck is a good way to take rock chip damage. Additionally, watch for mud flaps on trucks. Bigger vehicles are legally required to use mud flaps, but if these are missing or ripped, you’re far more likely to take a rock to your windshield.
- Awareness of Conditions: If you’re on a gravel road, then go slow and stay a good distance from cars, as it’s more likely that rocks will be shooting from their back wheels. Even on poorly maintained pavement, there is much more debris that can fly up at your windshield.
- Avoid Cars and Trucks Pulling Over: The shoulders of highways are often littered with debris and gravel. If you see a vehicle pulling off the road, make sure to stay as far back as possible, as well as switch lanes if you can do so safely.
Repair Rock Chip Damage Right Away
If you do end up with rock chip damage, it’s important to get your windshield repaired right away. Over time, rock chips can turn into cracks, which will become a legal and a safety concern. Not to mention that windshield replacement will be far more costly for you than rock chip repair.
Do you Need Rock Chip Repair in Utah?
It’s important to take care of your rock chip damage before it becomes a windshield crack, which is dangerous and more expensive to repair. Call us today at 385-245-9989 to schedule an appointment. You can also contact us here.