How to Stop a Windshield Crack From Spreading

A rock smashing into your windshield and creating a chip or crack is one of the most inconvenient things that can happen as you drive down the highway. If this has happened to you, you know the exact feeling. After assessing the damage, it’s crucial to create a plan for what to do next. A chip in your windshield can quickly turn into a crack, which will proceed to spread across your windshield unless you act quickly. A1 Windshield Repair can explain how to limit the damage caused by a windshield crack while you seek professional help. 

What Are Emergency Fixes for a Windshield Crack?

As you seek professional help to repair or replace your windshield, several different emergency fixes can potentially help keep the crack from spreading or slowing the spread before getting your vehicle into your local mechanic’s shop. Be sure to clean your windshield and remove debris from the windshield crack before trying any of these quick emergency fixes. 

If the chip or crack in your windshield is small, superglue can be applied to the affected area. You can apply superglue by either inserting the substance directly into the small chip or by spreading a thin layer over the crack and allowing it time to dry. Keep in mind that you do not want to impair your visibility, so this should only be done if the chip or windshield crack is in a place that doesn’t hurt your ability to see. If you do not have superglue, using clear nail polish and placing a piece of clear packing tape over the windshield crack can also help keep the crack from spreading. 

How to Drive With a Windshield Crack

You can follow practical steps as you drive with a windshield crack that can significantly help keep the crack at bay. First, be sure to avoid drastic temperature changes, inside and outside of your vehicle. Glass will expand under hot temperatures and contract in the cold, so refrain from directing vents towards your windshield crack if you can help it. It is also best to park your vehicle inside or in shady areas to limit the risk of something happening that further damages your windshield. 

Get Professional Help from A1 Windshield

While these temporary solutions can minimize damage to your vehicle, it is important to have a completely safe windshield that is free from cracks. Contact the professionals at A1 Windshield today and schedule a time for your windshield repair or replacement. You can find us online or call us today at 417-831-6910 with any questions.