Broken windshield can be a really surprising event and not many people will know how to deal with them. Things also get worse if you’re out of town, on a business trip or on vacation. So how to find the right help for your broken windshield while you’re away from home? Here are a few things you should do.
The first and foremost thing you need to do is to make sure that you and your passengers are safe. So you need to find a safe place to stop your vehicle. Move to the breakdown lane, find a parking lot or a rest stop. We highly recommend that you find a location that can be easily found, probably with some landmarks or traffic signs. Of course, sometimes the windshield damage won’t be so severe and you will have a clearer view out on the road. Even then, we strongly recommend that you don’t proceed driving. Maybe drive a few blocks and then stop.
Remove broken glass
Once you were able to safely stop your vehicle and everyone is out, make sure to clean out as much of the broken glass as possible. Use thick rubber gloves to protect your hands and make sure that you remove all bigger pieces of glass from the dash area, your seats and carpets. Then use a damp sponge in order to clear the glass dust and you can also use a vacuum cleaner to remove the debris.
The next thing you have to do is contact your insurance provider. If you want to potentially file an insurance claim, you will need to provide them some detailed information. While speaking with your insurance provider, you can also ask them about additional services like towing, roadside assistance etc which might be applicable to this situation. Oh and don’t forget to ask about shops in the area that accept your insurance payment.
A temporary fix
If you absolutely need to continue driving, you need to take some extra precautions and to make your car safer. First of all, remove the jagged pieces of glass from the seal. And use the vacuum cleaner to remove all little pieces of glass from the seal. Then you can use a clear plastic bag to cover the window and secure it with duct tape. This could give you a few miles of comfortable driving.
Local repair shop
While on the phone with your insurance provider, ask them to recommend a good repair shop where you can have your broken windshield replaced. Make sure that you ask them about the pickup and drop off services and how long does the replacement take. Some repair shops even offer to tow your car to the shop for the repairs.
A broken windshield doesn’t have to be a total nightmare and ruin your trip. Make sure that you’re well aware of these tips and be prepared to act accordingly.