How To Temporarily Cover A Broken Windshield

How To Temporarily Cover A Broken Windshield

Does the breaking of glass bring good luck? Or is it a bad omen? For centuries people have believed in different myths and superstitions associated with the breaking of glass. Even today, many people believe in these myths.

However, all their superstitious beliefs go flying out the window *no pun intended*, when their car window or windshield breaks.

Driving with a broken windshield is a safety hazard for anyone. A shard of glass can break free from the wind pressure and stab anyone in the car or a passerby. It can even puncture someone’s tire due to pressure if it flies off while the car is going fast.

On top of that, a broken windshield means an opening for wind, small objects, dust, and weather elements. Direct contact with these can result in accidents. Therefore, it is best to get the windshield fixed before you drive it. Click here to schedule a replacement for your car in Punta Gorda, Florida, from A-List Auto Glass.

Despite what the best course of action may be, life is filled with unexpected circumstances. What if you can’t get your car’s windshield fixed immediately? What if you have to go somewhere and can’t cancel? Or what if you don’t have the money to replace your windshield?

There is a temporary solution that can help you drive your car around with a broken windshield – using a self-adhesive windshield collision wrap.

However, before you decide, you need to take two things into account, the extent of damage and your state laws. Driving around with a patched-up windshield might sound like a viable solution, but you need to research your state’s traffic laws.

There are some states where you can get in a lot of trouble driving in a car with a broken windshield, covered or not. However, in Punta Gorda, Florida’s state law has made it compulsory for every car owner to have their windshields replaced/repaired for free!

Another thing to do is to assess the damage. Is it a small crack, or is a chunk of glass missing? If a piece of glass is missing, then it is best not to drive your car an inch. Call a tow truck to take your car to the repair shop, or you can even place a call to A-List Auto Glass for immediate assistance.

Otherwise, get your car towed from the accident site to your garage. There you can keep the cat till you can afford a replacement. Or till you can temporarily cover the damage up.

If you have decided upon the latter, then here’s what you need to do:

  1. Put on extra-thick protective gloves to remove all broken or loose pieces of glass.
  2. Use a hammer to break and remove all pieces still stuck in the frame.
  3. Vacuum the whole car two or three times to remove any shards of broken glass as a precaution.
  4. Clean the frame and surrounding areas of the windshield thoroughly. Use a soaped up washcloth to remove any dirt and impurities.
  5. Open the film of the transparent collision or crash wrap and stick with from one side of the frame horizontally to the other side.
    • The wrap needs to be pasted from the outside.
    • While pasting on each side, press the wrap down with your palm in upward and downward motions.
    • Use a utility knife or scissors to cut the wrap.
    • Press down one final time on all edges, so it sticks to the frame.

Once the collision wrap is fixed, you have nothing to worry about. It will keep bugs, dust, moisture, and everything else out for a few days. Since it is transparent, there will be no issues with visibility. Click here to get your windshield repaired today!