So let’s break this down barney style….. The primary purpose of a car window is to shield you from projectiles while still allowing you to see. Unless you have some very deep pockets (and a lot of people wanting to hurt you) , you are not rocking bullet-proof glass. So, that means your glass is at risk of cracking from any number of items that may be hurled towards your windows. In this article, I am going to show you 3 ways to keep your car windows crack free…
1. Mind The Gap
So this phrase can apply to more things than the London Underground. You know those gigantic 18 wheelers cruising down the interstate? Guess what their wheels are pretty good at? That’s right, slinging rocks into that giant piece of glass you are staring out of. Depending on your location around the country, there may be a higher concentration of debris scattered across the highway. For instance, I live in Colorado which is the self-proclaimed broken windshield capital of the world. If your windshield doesn’t have a crack here, well, you aren’t fully broken into the Colorado lifestyle. However, a shattered front glass is easily avoided by maintaining the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Sounds like common sense, right? It would amaze you how many vehicles I see that are tailgating a big dump truck full of rocks. These same people then complain that they have to pay to replace their windshield…. So, mind the gap!
2. What the Hail Happened to My Car?
Another random fact for you…. Colorado is smack dab in the middle of hail alley. Yep, that really exists! There has been hail recorded as large as a softball in some areas. I’m sorry, but your little Ford Focus doesn’t stand a chance against that sort of mother nature’s fury. Sometimes it is unavoidable and you are stuck out in the open during a full on iceball assault. However, during a recent hailstorm (tennis ball sized hail!) I sat on my porch to witness the destruction. Every house on my street has a garage to park their car in, yet, nearly every single person had their car outside. I could literally hear the windows smashing and the metal crunching. So, one begs to wonder…. why weren’t their cars in the garage?! That is when I noticed each garage was so full of junk that their car couldn’t fit inside! Moral of the story: Don’t be a hoarder… clean out your garage so you can avoid a broken windshield.
3. Smash and Grab
This is a method commonly used by thieves to snatch up your valuables. Exactly as the name implies, they smash a window, grab the valuables, and get the heck out of dodge. So, you’ve just cleaned out your garage and you can park your car inside, great! That eliminates the opportunity for thieves to smash your windows out. However, your favorite band is playing downtown and you want to go spend the evening rocking out. There sits your car… out in the open… vulnerable to the thieving opportunist. This thief peaks in your window and sees a jackpot! There lies your GPS and he can just barely see a purse strap poking out from under the seat (because someone might steal your purse at the concert, duh!). Initiate the smash and grab! You then come out to your car to end the night (possibly with a new friend hehe) to find your windows broken and your valuable gone. It seriously boggles my mind how often I see folks posting on Facebook…”Ugh! Someone broke into my car and stole my bank card, social security card, birth certificate, and deed to my house!!!”. Okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration but really, who keeps important stuff like that in their car? Keep the valuables out of your car and in a safer spot. Preferably somewhere that has more than a thin sheet of glass protecting it.
So, there you have it. 3 ways to keep your car windows crack free. As mentioned, these may seem like super common sense things…. but …sometimes common sense just isn’t too common.