Maybe you are a newbie when it comes to the Colorado State and you are wondering why on earth would anyone write about this topic, but the fact is everyone who has driven on Colorado roads knows what are we talking about.
Everyone can pick up a small rock or some gravel on their way and get a chip on his or her windshield. What is different with Denver roads? Well, everybody has a chip or crack on their windshield and this is not a “once in a while” situation. People have to fix their windshields with windshield replacements or windshield repairs often and by often we mean even twice a year, depending on how bad the damage is and how much difficulties does the crack or chip make. Why is this so?
The answer lies in one word: Winter. During winter, every country has their way to deal with ice and snow on roads and it is their duty to make those roads as safe as possible for traffic. Some put salt since the salt melts the ice fast and prevents lubricity. The way Colorado deals with winter roads includes building materials such as sand and gravel for more friction on the roads and when government is being cheap, they will go with low cost sand which often includes larger particles. These particles stay on the roads after winter and are like gravel now, since the smaller particles were taken away by wind. This gravel after winters is the answer to the question of our article.
Don’t forget the fact that Colorado is a mountain terrain and that this is one of the reasons for rock hitting your windshield. Our tires, as you know, have a certain pattern on them and in between those dents on our tires there is empty space which is a perfect place for particles of gravel or small rocks to settle in. Depending of the speed you are driving as well as on many other factors, the particles are popping out and staying behind your vehicle. Or ending in someone’s windshield.
What can you do to protect your windshield? First thing you can do is control the speed of your vehicle. Faster you drive the more strength will the flying particle hit your windshield and the more will your windshield be damaged.
Avoid driving behind big dump trailers and any other big truck. Their tires have more friction, they are heavy and make enormous pressure on the tires, therefore on the particles underneath and they can literary launch them your way and damage your car. Keep the distance between vehicles. Cars might be smaller than trucks, but if they are going fast, they can have the same effect as trucks.
Last but not the least – the cost of the repair. People of Colorado are used to this and they don’t go to the car shop that often because of a chip, but because of a crack. If you encounter such problem, firstly make sure with your insurance company what expenses they cover and what would they suggest you to do. Sometimes people change their whole windshield because they know there is a possibility that crack will crack the windshield completely.
Drive safely and keep in mind the info we gave you. It is useful but useless if you don’t drive safe on the Denver roads with appropriate speed.