If a flying rock or any other object chips your windscreen while driving, you need to act fast to stop it from spreading. Although it might look small, it can quickly spread and become a big problem – and a costly one too. Plus, the larger it gets, the harder it will be to fix, so to save you from this issue before it begins, here are some tips to help you stop a windshield crack from spreading while you get to fixing it.
Park your car in the shade
Parking your car indoors or under shade may help reduce the effects of outside elements on the windscreen crack. Elements such as wind, sun, or even rain may cause the crack to spread. By parking your vehicle in the shade, you can easily avoid these elements and reduce the likelihood of your crack or chip worsening.
Get a windshield repair kit
This isn’t a long term solution to fixing your windscreen, but it will do the job until you can have a professional look at it, such as ourselves. Off the shelf windscreen repair kits come with a specialised resin and windshield adaptor that can be used to repair the crack. The resin will effectively protect the crack thereby reducing the stress and preventing the crack from spreading until you can get it properly fixed.
Use super glue
If you don’t have time to buy a repair kit, you can opt for superglue which is very useful if the cracks are small. Gently apply the glue to the scratch or crack and spread it out uniformly. This will not only hold the two parts of the crack together but also prevent it from expanding. However, allow it to dry before using the car and get it seen to asap as this spot is likely to weaken.
Apply nail polish
Another good temporary solution: clear nail polish. First, you need to clear the dust and dirt out from the crack before applying nail polish on both the inside and the outside of the windscreen. You also need to spread it to other areas where the crack is likely to spread to. This will help you to temporality hold the glass while planning to visit a repair shop or call our one of our mobile windscreen repair experts.
Do bear in mind, these are all just temporary measures, so you should always get advice from an expert if you notice your windscreen has been chipped or damaged.
If the damage is extensive however, do not risk driving to visit a professional to help fix your windshield – always call a windscreen specialist out to your home. Our repair team is on hand 24/7 to help, so if you’re in the Leighton Buzzard area, or live along the M1, we can nearly always get a van out to you on the same day.
Whilst these tips will help keep your vehicle safe to drive for a while, they are only temporary measures, so avoid waiting unnecessarily to get your car fixed if you notice any damage. The sooner you fix the cracks, the better. If you wait, the problem may become large enough to make your car unroadworthy, or bad enough that you’ll have to replace your entire windscreen.
Some final words on our cracking topic
Well, that is how to stop a windshield crack from spreading. Even if you have a tight schedule, you need to make this a priority. Thankfully, these temporary measures will give you ample time to prepare to make an appointment with one of our experts, but with our team available around the clock, we’d advise you not to wait!