Getting windshield damaged while driving can be a heart-stopping experience. It takes you by surprise, and in many cases, you have no idea what just happened or where the damage came from.
It might sound like a one in a million chance that your windshield will crack or chip while you’re on the road. However, the truth is that it happens here in Denver and surrounding areas on a daily basis. At Bright Auto Glass, we work with dozens of customers each day who say that rocks, golf balls, and other flying objects come out of nowhere while they were driving along.
And in most cases, they have no one to point the finger at to recoup some of the expense of their repair or glass replacement.
It’s not a fun experience, especially when the impact and sound of breaking glass rattle your nerves. But since this can happen to anyone, it’s important to be prepared. Here are the best things you can do if you ever get windshield damage while driving.
Stay Calm and Focused
This might be easier said than done. However, it is essential to your safety that you remain calm and focused when windshield damage occurs while driving. The last thing you want to happen is to get distracted while driving and end up hitting another vehicle. Even worse, running off the road, or otherwise losing control of your car.
The damage might unnerve you, but your primary focus should be on getting off the road as safely and quickly as possible. Afterwards, you can inspect the damage and collect yourself before proceeding.
Pull Over to Inspect the Damage
As soon as it’s safe to do so, pull into a parking lot or roadside. Afterwards, inspect the damage to your vehicle. Whatever hit your windshield may have caused additional damage to your vehicle.
If you are on the side of the road, make sure you turn on your hazard lights. By doing so, you will you will alert other drivers.
Windshields are actually very difficult to shatter. However, it does happen on rare occasions. In most cases, your windshield will either chip or crack. This will usually allow you to continue driving the vehicle.
However, even if you still have good visibility, you will want to get your windshield damage repaired or replaced as soon as possible. Many states, including Colorado, have laws about driving with windshield damage and require you to fix it.
From a safety perspective, it is not advisable to drive with a cracked windshield for an extended period of time. This is because windshield damage weakens the structural integrity of the windshield and the vehicle itself. Damage also decreases your visibility. This is especially true even when it is not in the driver’s direct line of sight.
Even small damage, such as a penny-sized chip, will need to be addressed as soon as possible. By doing so, you prevent the damage from becoming worse.
Call Your Local Law Enforcement
Once you have collected your nerves and inspected the damage, reach out to your local law enforcement. Try using the non-emergency phone number. Tell them your location and wait for an officer to arrive. They will fill out a damage report and provide you with a form to give to your auto insurance agent to start the claims process.
If you’re on the side of the road, they can also help with moving your vehicle. Most importantly, the will help you move it to a safer location or directing traffic around you until you can get back on the road.
Contact Your Automobile Insurance Agent
In Colorado, many auto insurance policies will cover glass and windshield damage. You may still have to pay your deductible if you end up needing a full replacement. However, making a claim can still significantly reduce your out of pocket costs. Some policies may pay for the full cost of a windshield repair. With repairs, Bright Auto Glass uses a resin to fill in the damage. As a result, this leaves your existing windshield intact.
In either case, you should report the damage to your insurance agent. It’s a good idea to take pictures of the damage. Afterwards, send to them along with your insurance form you received from local law enforcement.
Reach Out to Bright Auto Glass for Emergency Mobile Repair
Small chips or cracks might seem like minor nuisances. However, they can still be enough to interrupt your schedule and ruin your day. If you want to take care of the windshield damage as soon as possible, our emergency mobile repair service was made for you.
Our team of technicians have fully-stocked mobile repair units. Moreover, they can meet you wherever you are. Even if it’s on the side of the road, and repair your small windshield damage. The process usually takes less than 30 minutes. For instance, depending on the number and size of the damage, and you can be back on the road in less than an hour.
If you don’t need immediate service, you can still take advantage of our non-emergency mobile repair. Simply schedule service at a time and place that’s convenient for you. Our team can perform full windshield replacements or repairs in-house. In addition, we provide mobile service at the location of your choosing in the Denver metro area. In addition, we will also work with your insurance company to file the claim. Afterwards, we will collect the payment so you don’t have to be further inconvenienced.
At Bright Auto Glass, our top priority is helping you stay safe on the road. Let us put our expertise to work for you to make windshield damage one of your least concerns.
Contact us today for a free quote and schedule availability, and don’t forget to save our phone number for emergency mobile auto glass repairs! (720) 507-6221