According to the most recent data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a car's windshield is classified as one of the primary components of a vehicle's safety restraint system. But, regrettably, national statistics show that approximately 80% of auto glass replacements are not installed properly or safely, particularly when novice or inexperienced individuals are doing the work.
All told, improperly installed replacement windshields have proven dangerous if not deadly for drivers and passengers. Consequently, experts say that auto glass repair should be the first course of action for a windshield rock chip that is the size of a quarter or smaller.
With spring here and summer fast approaching, family road trips and other adventures found on the open road mean the season of destination driving is now upon us. With rock chip damage more common during the summer months, experts say now is the time to heed tips and suggestions for protecting your windshield.
"We feel that providing safety tips and providing information on potentially dangerous driving situations will help to reduce this number," the company says on its official blog. "Utah roads are known to be potentially hazardous, and caution should be taken."
Below are some of the guidelines presented by Diamond Glass to help drivers reduce the potential risk of windshield damage. Although they readily admit that it's impossible to completely avoid, there are some things that can be done to reduce the risk of rock chip damage.
- Drive further back from large trucks
- Avoid roads with recent road repairs
- Try and be aware of debris already in the road, such as blown out tires
- Avoid being next to, or behind large trucks which carry goods that could potentially fall onto the road
- Stick to main roads which are maintained more properly and carefully
"Check the state of your windshield before each drive," Diamond Glass advises. "It is better to be safe than sorry."