What to Do If You Get a Windshield Chip or Crack?

Ugh, you’ve just gotten a chip or a crack in your windshield.  You know you’ve got to call a windshield repair company, but you’re way too busy to take care of it today.  So, what do you do about the damage in the meantime?

You protect it from getting worse!

Considering you count on your windshield to protect you from the elements — and all of the dangers that are lurking out on the open road — you can’t afford to have it compromised in any way.  In fact, many auto experts list the windshield as the third most important safety feature in a car — right behind the seatbelts and the airbags.  Because it’s responsible for so much, protection is the name of the game when it comes to windshield repairs.

But you’re no auto glass technician.  What can YOU do to protect your windshield and prevent that small chip or crack from turning into a complete disaster?

Just follow these 3 tips:

1.  Avoid the temptation to wash the damage

Dirt can create big complications for an otherwise-routine windshield repair, so you need to do everything possible to keep the damaged area clean until an expert repair technician can fix it.

But whatever you do, DON’T wash it!

Water and glass cleaner can make their way into your crack or chip — and, eventually, into the inner safety layer of your windshield.  If this happens, your windshield may have to be replaced, instead of just repaired.  Even if your safety layer remains intact, if moisture gets stuck inside your crack or chip, it can prevent the resin from adhering properly.  Or, moisture can mix in with the resin and cause it to discolor down the road.

Bottom line — you’ve got to keep your damaged windshield dry!  If you absolutely have to clean it, wipe it off with a dry, lint-free towel.

2.  Tap into the power of tape

You know that clear packing tape that you use to seal up boxes?  Well, it can be a great TEMPORARY solution for your windshield!  Just place a piece over the crack or chip, and it will protect the damage from being assaulted by moisture and dirt.  Because this type of tape is completely clear, you won’t have to worry about it obstructing your view.

Just remember, all tapes are not created equal!  If you think you can get the same results from scotch tape, duct tape, masking tape, or painters’ tape, think again.  Aside from potentially blocking your view of the road, these types of tape aren’t capable of keeping moisture and dirt out of your damage like clear packing tape is.

3.  Don’t put off your call to the repair shop

OK, so you’ve got a clean windshield and clear packing tape firmly covering the damage.  You’re good to go for awhile, right?


The tape may keep moisture and dirt out of the damage, but it’s not strong enough to keep the chip or crack from spreading.  Unfortunately, all it takes is a speed bump, a pothole, a strong slam of your car door, or an extreme change in temperature to turn your minor windshield damage into a major problem.  In fact, even parking your car out in the bright sunlight can make your existing damage worse!

So, no matter how busy you are, call an auto glass repair shop ASAP.  Doing so can save you a bunch of money and frustration later!  And, as an added benefit, some auto glass repair companies offer mobile service, so you won’t even need to take time off from work to get your windshield fixed as they will come to you

To see how to protect the chip or crack in your windshield prior to getting it repaired, click here to watch a short YouTube video.