Shattered and Splattered

By  | 

No doubt, you've faced it on smaller roads before: having to follow another vehicle at close range, and no doubt, it's resulted in debris being thrown at your windshield, and if it hits hard, repairing even a small crack can cost $50 or more.

"All domestic or foreign vehicles, trucks, tractor-trailers, they get rock chips and break just as well," says Mike Morrison, owner of Imperial Glass in Parkersburg. "There's no brand of vehicle whose windows break as much as others."

Morrison says it doesn't matter what kind of vehicle you drive, or even how you drive. Cracked windshields can happen to anyone.

"Sometimes, a car in front of you is going to pick something up," he says, "and throw it, depending on the speed, how cold it is, and what it picks up and what it does."

It's a particular problem on secondary roads, which can by their construction be gravel covered, but even the people whose job it is to clear roadways can unintentionally leave something behind.

"We do take measures to keep abrasives from kicking up," says Rusty Roten, Director of the West Virginia Department of Highways, District 3. "We have shrouds around the salt spreaders. We do warn people to stay back from the salt spreaders."

But if your windows do get hit, the best thing to do is get an estimate on a replacement from a glass retailer as soon as possible.

Damage to windows not withstanding, there were no serious accidents reported during this weekend's wintry weather.