Has it happened to you? A rock flies from out of nowhere and lands right in your windshield. You hear a loud noise just to discover you have a chipped, cracked, or completely busted windshield. This can easily happen when you drive anywhere, particularly on the highway because the rock travels at high speed, and you do, too. Here are some ways you can avoid a broken windshield when driving on the highway:
Stay away from trucks. Trucks have big tires and the truck tires can easily pick up rocks large enough to break your windshield. The rocks may lodge in the truck tires, but the rocks may eventually come loose and sling out and hit your windshield. If you have to pass trucks, do so quickly. You don’t want to linger in passing trucks because this allows more time for rocks to hit your windshield.
Don’t drive on the shoulders of the highway. The shoulders of the highway are there for necessity, but don’t drive on the shoulders any more than you have to, though. The shoulders of the highway hold loose particles that blow to the side, and these loose particles (including rocks) can quickly pop up and hit your windshield. You can easily loose a chunk of your windshield or gain a crack in your windshield simply by driving on the shoulder of the highway.
Avoid pickups. Pickup trucks often carry loose debris in the back, and this loose debris will often blow out of the back and hit your windshield. Pickup trucks may not carry anything big in the back, but large pieces of dirt and gritty sand can even do damage to your windshield when it hits at high speed. So, don’t trust that the pickup trucks that you pass will not harm your windshield. Pass quickly or maintain a safe distance behind pickup trucks.
Watch out for tarped vehicles. Tarps help keep things from blowing out, but then again, debris tends to build up on top of the tarps, and this debris, including rocks, will eventually blow off and often hit your windshield. You can sometimes recognize built up debris by listening for any sand-like sound hitting your windshield as you pass a tarped vehicle. If you hear this sound, get around the tarped vehicle quickly because rocks likely exist on top of the tarp.
Pass with caution. The simplest rule to help you keep from getting a damaged windshield when driving on the highway is to always pass quickly and pass with caution. Make sure that you have the ability to get around the vehicle quickly, and that you move quickly to get around the vehicle. Don’t drive on the shoulders of the highway and drop back if you hear debris hitting your windshield. If you don’t, it may cost you the repair of your windshield.