Car damage is something that you prefer. Repairing them is unnecessary. Are you only WA insured? Then it will cost you money too because only with all risk and WA limited hull are you insured against car damage. That is why prevention is better than cure. Use the tips below to reduce the chance of car damage.
What causes car damage?
Have you ever had car damage? Big chance that it was your windshield. It turns out that the windshield of your car is the most vulnerable window. And that is of course not surprising because splashing gravel and pebbles are almost ‘deadly’ projectiles when they hit the windshield at high speed. Nevertheless, rear windows and side windows are also regularly victims of flying material or by human intervention. What causes the most car damage? And more importantly, how can you prevent this as much as possible?
Prevent car damage
Diamond damage due to crushed stone
You drive behind a heavy truck and … pats! A little stone that comes from the truck stands out against your windshield. Visible damage to your windscreen! But lawnmowers on the side of the roadside regularly swing stones around. And usually, this happens at high speed. Are you on the road every day? Then chances are you will have to deal with car damage caused by the crushed stone.
Avoid the above situations as much as possible and you reduce the risk of car damage. So do not drive continuously behind a truck and depart if the roadside is cut (as long as it does not lead to dangerous situations). By keeping a distance on your vehicle in front, you also reduce the chance that the windshield will be torpedoed by small stones. In short, driving a car is looking ahead and … keeping a distance.
Temperature as the culprit
Most car wind shades occur in March. This is caused by the fact that temperatures can fluctuate considerably during this period. From a warm afternoon in the spring to temperatures below zero in the night. Because of this, car windows are suddenly under tension and burst. Just when the windscreen already has minor damage. The same phenomenon also happens by turning the air conditioning on at the highest setting during hot days.
By protecting car windows from extreme temperature differences, you reduce the risk of car damage. Therefore, you should preferably park the car indoors or out of the wind and close to the house. The ambient heat prevents temperature fluctuations on the windows. Do not place the heater or air conditioning on the highest level and do not point it at the windows. It is precisely this that increases the chance of a crack in the windscreen.
Damage by Burglary
Even though you yourself are so careful on your car, someone else can have very different plans and taps in the car window. There is then no question of a crack or tear, but the smashed window will have to be replaced. Are your all-risk or WA limited hulled? In that case, the insurer will in all probability reimburse the damage. And hopefully, also the stuff that might have been stolen.
Unfortunately, you can never completely prevent car burglary. But you can keep the chance as small as possible. Park the car in well-lit places and where people are. Do you park the car in a parking garage? Put it near the payment terminal or at an entrance or exit. These are places that burglars prefer to avoid. Do not leave expensive items in the car and scare burglars with car alarm stickers.
The weather can also cause damage to car windows. A huge hailstorm. The storm that breaks down branches and material that flies around uncontrollably. Storm and hail damage can cause considerable damage to windows. But even in this case, you can reduce the chance by taking precautionary measures.
Always keep an eye on the weather reports. Especially when a weather warning is issued you have to be on your guard. Do not leave the road in dangerous weather and take the car ride out. Do not park the car under trees when a storm is approaching. And is hail expected, park the car under a shelter or in a garage. If this does not work, place protective material on the front (eg cardboard or blankets).