Avoid These 3 Summertime Windshield Hazards
Posted in Windshield Repair, on July 20, 2021
The summer brings unique challenges to drivers. An increase in hazardous conditions can make windshield damage especially difficult to avoid, as a result it’s not uncommon to need auto glass repair this time of year. Hot weather in the Greater Toronto Area brings more adventure, unexpected weather, construction, and more time outdoors, when these things go wrong the result can be a cracked or chipped windshield. Not to worry, at MRM our team of experienced professionals can get you back on the road safely with affordable windshield crack repair services across the GTA.
Here are 4 windshield hazards that you should keep an eye out for this summer.
Summertime means construction and road repairs. Construction zones are often a mess of debris all over the road. It’s easy for the loose rock to be kicked up and propelled onto your windshield. If you drive cautiously and keep a safe distance while in a construction zone, you can reduce the chance of a crack in your windshield .
Avoid driving at high speeds in construction zones — the rule of thumb is keeping it under 50 kilometres per hour. Once you exceed this speed, rocks on the road can cause some severe damage.
While you can control how you drive, you can’t control the cars around you, so other cars may compromise your safety by speeding through construction zones. If a stray rock chips your windshield, you can call MRM for fast auto glass repair.
Much like driving in construction zones, gravel roads aren’t meant for speeding. When travelling down gravel roads, it’s easy to unknowingly kick up loose rocks onto your windshield. If your windshield does crack, an auto glass repair is inevitable, if the crack in your windshield exceeds 6 inches, then it’s best to pull over and wait for a professional.
At MRM, we service Newmarket and surrounding areas, so don’t worry if you’re on a rural road in the area; our experienced team can come to you for help with our emergency mobile service.
Unexpected Storms and Weather
Sudden changes to the weather can be hard to avoid, and the severity of summertime storms is often difficult to track. If you happen to be driving and the weather takes a turn for the worse, be aware of your surroundings and take cover.
Hail storms and high winds are common during the summer, both of which can threaten the integrity of your windshield. Large pieces of ice can easily chip and crack windshield during bouts of hail. Depending on the intensity, strong gusts of wind post a risk to the safety of your windshield. Not to mention both of these situations can cause tree branches to fall, debris to be thrown, and power lines to fall. As such, driving in these conditions is never safe, especially with a cracked windshield.
To avoid damage during a hail storm or during high winds, the surefire way to avoid a crack in your windshield is to take cover. Seek out parking garages and covered areas to maintain the integrity of your windshield and stay safe until the weather improves.
I Have a Damaged Windshield — What Now?
If you end up with a damaged windshield due to gravel, hail, or a rogue baseball, avoid driving and get it fixed as soon as possible. Keep in mind that if the windshield crack is greater than six inches, you cannot drive safely and risk a fine.
Don’t drive, call MRM for professional auto glass repair. With 25 years of experience in the business, safety and quality are our top priorities.
Contact MRM today to book your auto glass repair.