MINIMISING THE DAMAGE OF A CHIPPED WINDSHIELD DOs & DON’Ts DO • Measure the chip If the chip is less than 1 inch in diameter it can be repaired. If it is over 1 inch do not drive the vehicle. • Drive more slowly If your windshield is already damaged you should drive more slowly to try to avoid further damage. • Keep the chip clean If dirt gets into the chip it can make a repair more difficult. You can use clear tape to help keep it clean. • Find shaded parking spots If you park in direct sunlight the inside of your car can get very hot. This heat could cause your chip to become a crack. • Contact a repairer ASAP The longer you leave it the more likely it is that the chip will become a crack. DON’T • Drive if the chip obstructs your view Driving with any obstruction to your view is a bad idea. • Slam your doors Slamming your doors can jolt the windshield enough to turn the chip into a crack. • Wash the windscreen If water gets into the chip it can make the damage worse. • Expose the windshield to quick tem- perature changes Blasting air-conditioning or windshield heaters can also cause a chip to become a crack. • Ignore the chip of put off a repair The sooner you deal with it the less likely it is you’ll need to have the windshield replaced.
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