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How to Take Care of a Broken Car Window

How to Take Care of a Broken Car Window

No one likes dealing with broken car windows, but getting them repaired as soon as possible is important. The damage may have been caused by random debris from the road, bad weather, or even due to a break-in. Knowing how to take care of the problem is the first step to resolving it. London Car Windscreen has put together an easy-to-follow guide to help you manage your broken car glass until you can bring it to our shop for repair.

Driving With a Broken Window

In most cases, if the glass on your car is damaged or broken, you can still drive. Although you can drive with broken glass, it needs to be replaced without delay. The first thing you need to do is clean up all of the glass shards or pebbles. Once you have cleared away the debris, you will need to cover the window. This won’t protect you from theft, but it will help protect the inside of the car from the elements.

Supplies You Will Need

  • Thick protective gloves
  • Micro-fiber cloth
  • Masking tape
  • Thick plastic tarp or trash bag

How to Cover a Broken Window

1 – Prepare by wearing thick gloves to prevent glass shards from cutting your hands. Make sure to have a trashcan or trash bag handy to collect the glass for disposal.

2 – Remove the larger pieces of glass and then use your hands or a car brush to sweep the smaller bits into your trash can. If there is broken glass still attached to the frame, gently remove it and add it the pile. Use a vacuum to clean away remaining debris from the top of your seats and under your seats. Make sure to clean the carpet and car door as well.

3 – Wipe down the area around the window to prepare it for a good adhesive seal. Make sure to clean inside as well as outside, then let it dry.

4 – Take your plastic tarp or bag and cover the window frame. Use a few small bits of tape to hold it in place. Pull the plastic tight and flat over the frame and secure it with long strips of masking tape. The tape should go around the entire frame and the plastic should be taught, not slack.

5- Seal the window by adding a second layer of tape around the inside. You can repeat the steps on the outside of the car, though if it rains the tape may lose its seal. Make sure there are no holes in the plastic. When you drive, these holes can tear as well as flap around causing a distraction.

Drive Safely

Covering your windows will help keep the elements out of your car. Depending on which windows are broken, your range of vision may be impaired. It is important to drive carefully when you have broken windows, it’s better to be late than to get in an accident. If your windscreen is broken and you need windscreen replacement, instead of attempting to cover the damage call for a tow immediately.

How We Can Help

Covering your window is only a short-term solution until you are able to schedule a repair with one of our skilled car glass repair specialists. To find out more about our glass repair and replacement services, give London Car Windscreen a call at 0751245 8701 today.