Owning a car puts you at risk of potential auto glass repairs. However, while waiting to get any chips or cracks on your vehicle to be fixed, there are a number of things that you need to keep in mind. The steps you take after your auto glass has acquired damage could mean the difference between paying for simple repairs and having to deal with emergency glass replacement. Here are some tips for dealing with waiting for emergency windscreen repairs.

Communicate with your auto insurance company

Unless you are very reckless with your vehicle, chances are this will be an uncommon occurrence. As such, most drivers will not be certain whether the damage is covered by their insurance provider or if they will have to pay for it out of pocket. Before taking your vehicle in for repairs, communicate with your chosen insurance company to ascertain what is within the bounds of your policy. You may find that it is indeed under your auto insurance cover and as such may not have to wait until you have the funds to foot the bill. Alternatively, if your insurance does not cover it, then you may have to find some other means of transport as you wait to have enough money to pay your auto mechanic.

Keep your vehicle's auto glass protected

Once you have established whether your insurance will cover the repairs or not, you need to take steps to prevent further damage to your auto glass. Even the smallest cracks can become extensive if just a little pressure is applied to your windscreen. This in turn would mean additional costs in fixing the problem.

Some of the steps you can take to keep the auto glass protected from additional damage would be to cease using your vehicle until it has gone in for repairs. You can also tape the cracks to provide an additional barrier that will prevent them from spreading. This is especially important if you have spider web cracks on your auto glass as they spread quite easily if the glass sustains further damage.  

Avoid washing your car

Most vehicle owners will want to take their car in for repairs when it is good as new to avoid any potential embarrassment. However, this could end up doing more harm than good. If water gets into the chips and cracks in your glass, temperature changes could make the moisture expand and contract. This in turn will work toward increasing the damage. Therefore, it is best to leave the car as it is as you wait to take it for auto glass repairs.