When it comes to states that suffer from the greatest amount of hail damage each year, Illinois takes second only to Texas. Harsh elements such as hail, strong winds, and severe storms can cause an incredible amount of costly damage to your vehicle. Luckily, there are a few ways you can help protect your windshield from bad weather.
Tips To Protect Your Windshield During A Storm
During a storm, just about anything can be turned into a weapon against your windshield. Tree branches, driveway gravel, even children’s toys that have been left out in the yard are instantly transformed into agents of destruction whose only mission is to cause damage to your vehicle.
How can you protect your auto glass during such a storm? Follow these tips and you can lessen, and possibly eliminate, damage to your windshield.
- Remove Damaging Debris From Your Porch & Yard
- Secure Outdoor Items
- Move Your Vehicle To Shelter
- Place Blankets Over Your Car
As soon as you hear that a major storm is headed your way, start collecting anything from your porch and yard that could be lifted with heavy wind. Tools, toys, potted plants, and light outdoor furniture should all be moved into your home, garage, or shed.
Some of your outdoor furniture or children’s playsets are too heavy to be moved indoors, but should still be secured to the best of your ability to prevent them from lifting and causing severe damage.
If you have a garage, that is the best place for your car during a storm. If you do not have a garage or carport, you can try to find temporary shelter such as a local parking garage for a mall or medical center. The next best thing is to park next to a large building that will shield your vehicle from a portion of the damage. Parking in an alleyway is another option.
Tie thick blankets over your car and then cover the entire car with a car cover if you have one. The thicker the blankets, the better the protection. Although this will offer some protection for your windshield, there is always a chance that the storm could produce large, baseball sized hail that can still manage to damage your car even with a thick layer of blankets.
Chicago Windshield Repair – Frank’s Auto Glass Repairs
If your windshield marks the latest casualty in the most recent Chicagoland storm, give Frank’s Auto Glass a call. We offer both fast, in-house repairs and replacements while you wait as well as our convenient mobile glass service. Every car window repair and replacement comes with a 1 year workmanship warranty. At Franks, we are dedicated to our customers’ satisfaction.
Don’t let that crack or chip become a pile of glass in your front seats. Give Frank’s Auto Glass a call to schedule an appointment with one of our glass experts today!