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Minimising the damage of a chipped windshield dos and don'ts

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					 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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Description: A guide to the dos and on't of trying to minimise the damage of a chipped windshield. It give several tips which could help people avoid worse damage and the need to replace the windshield rather than repair it.