Sandblasted Windshield: A Dangerous Situation

All sorts of factors can lead to a cracked or chipped windshield, including increased temperatures and falling debris from a vehicle in front of you. So, even when you exercise caution, it's possible for you to damage your windshield. However, sandblasting is another common issue that can lead to both cracks and chips in your glass. If you're unfamiliar with sandblasting, learn what it is and how you can avoid it. 


Sandblasting is a form of damage. When you drive on the road, it's normal for small particles of sand or debris to slam against the glass. Initially, the particles don't cause any concern. However, when an excessive number of particles hit the glass, they can start to damage the outer layer of the glass. As a result, microscopic holes start to form. While a tiny hole here or there isn't an issue, a windshield full of these holes is a big problem. 


If your windshield is sandblasted, don't look at the matter as a mere cosmetic issue; your safety is also at risk. Here are a couple of the concerns that arise when glass is in this state.


As previously stated, a couple of microscopic holes might not make a difference. However, when you have several holes in the glass, especially on the driver's side, they can create an obstruction that limits your ability to see clearly through the glass. Reduced visibility puts you and everyone else on the road in danger.


Even a tiny hole in a piece of glass is enough to weaken it. So, if you have several holes — there is a real threat. A windshield in a weakened state is at an increased risk for cracks, and in the event of a collision, it is at an increased risk of shattering upon impact. 


Fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent sandblasting; here are some of them.


Travel a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you. The car in front of you will pick up debris off the ground, and if you're close enough, the debris will travel through the air and slam into your windshield, so the added distance is helpful.


Be mindful of where you drive your vehicle. For example, traveling down the gravel road might seem like a shortcut, but it's a quick way to cause damage to your glass. Pick the route best suited for protecting your vehicle. 

Is your windshield damaged? Your best bet is to contact a windshield replacement and repair professional who can assess the damage for your glass and help you make the appropriate long-term repair decision.