3 Windshield Replacement Tips

Driving around with a cracked windshield is not only unappealing but can also be dangerous. A cracked windshield can limit your visibility and the windshield may even shatter in extreme weather conditions. Having an intact windshield helps keep you safe on the road. Getting your windshield replaced is usually a straightforward and quick process, but there are a few things you should keep in mind:

Check With Your Insurance Company 

Many drivers are surprised to learn that their car insurance will either completely or partly cover the cost of a new windshield. Before you begin shopping around for a new windshield, be sure to read through your insurance policy or speak to your insurance agent about your coverage. Find out if you are covered, if your windshield needs to come from an insurer-approved auto glass shop, and if you have to pay a deductible.

If you do have insurance coverage for a new windshield, you will want to file a claim with your insurance company. They will then let you know when you are approved to schedule the windshield replacement.

Research Windshield Replacement Options

Next, you will want to research the various windshield replacement options in your area. Instead of simply focusing on the auto glass shop with the lowest prices, pay close attention to reviews from other customers. You should also look for an auto glass shop that guarantees their work.

In addition, ask each auto glass shop how long they will need your vehicle. You may even be able to book your repair with a mobile auto glass shop that comes to you to do the work at a time that is convenient for you.

Be Careful for a Couple of Days After the Replacement

Finally, ask your auto glass technician how long your windshield will take to completely settle and cure. This can vary but is typically a day or two. During this timeframe, your new windshield is more susceptible to damage so it's important to take extra care of it. Try to park inside a garage if possible and avoid extreme weather conditions.

You should also avoid driving on bumpy roads, as the extra vibration can damage your new windshield. In addition, avoid closely following behind trucks because they can kick up rocks.

Replacing your windshield is an investment so it's important to be thoughtful in choosing the best replacement and caring for your new windshield after it's installed. 

Contact a local windshield replacement service, such as Flash Auto Glass LLC, to learn more.