At Kirmac Collision & Autoglass, our mission is to provide timely, affordable, and high-quality repairs after an auto accident or car damage – and a big part of what we do is replacing cracked windshields. Usually, it’s not an accident that causes windshield damage, but rather a falling object. Sometimes these objects are complete flukes. But more commonly, they’re predictable, and there are steps you can take to minimize your chances of windshield damage.

The Most Common Causes of Windshield Damage

It only takes one stray rock or branch to paint a spider web across your windshield, but there are many more dangers than just these. Here are a few of the most common falling (and non-falling) objects that damage car windshields, plus what you can do to avoid them:

  • All Things Trees: Trees drop much more than leaves, and pinecones, large branches, and even large fruits are common causes of windshield damage. Avoid parking your car under a tree whenever possible to minimize your risk.
  • Snow & Ice: In Winter, you may find yourself in areas where snow and ice accumulate including icicles on building roofs. Avoid this common trap by parking your car outside the fall zone of rooftop snow or ice.
  • Parts from Other Vehicles: While they may not always fall directly onto your windshield, loose parts from other vehicles on a highway are an extremely common cause of windshield damage. Often, they come from commercial vehicles like semi trucks, so keep your distance or get in front of these vehicles while driving to avoid damage.
  • Hail & Weather Damage: Finally, storms can brew up all sorts of windshield damage. Hail is the most obvious and damaging form of storm damage, but a strong storm may also blow tree branches into a windshield and damage it. The best way to protect from this is to park your car inside daily, as it’s often difficult to move the car fast enough once the storm starts.

Contact Your Autoglass Repair Specialists

While these are some of the most common objects that cause windshield damage, they’re far from the only culprits. Windshield damage is one of the most common types of car damage, and almost all car owners will experience it at one point or another. Thankfully, the expert team at Kirmac Collision & Autoglass can replace your windshield and repair any other damage quickly, effectively, and affordably. So if you’ve encountered these or any other falling objects, don’t drive with a bad windshield: schedule an appointment for a repair today.