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Old 11-14-2011, 07:06 AM
 
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I've been through 2 windshields already, currently have cracks and chips on my NEW windshields, but have decided not to replace them again.

The other day a rock the size of a baseball hit us. Scared the living crap out of me. Luckily did little damage, but that's not always the case.

Sometimes these trucks have a sheet over the top of their load (which doesnt necessarily help) other times there is no sheet.

I try and look for a company name on these trucks, but never see them.

Can anything be done? Or is my car destined to take this abuse forever?
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Old 11-15-2011, 12:08 AM
 
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You can start with not driving right behind a truck. Keep your distance and try to drive ahead of the truck.
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Old 11-15-2011, 04:12 AM
 
Location: New Jersey/Florida
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I've been commuting for years along with my wife. It's part of life. I have had close to ten windshields cracked or nicked in some shape or form. I don't run out to get it replaced unless it's a safety issue with a large crack. Some windshield repair companies will fill in a small nick or crack with a glue like material in an effort to stop the spreading of spider cracks. They charge anywheres from 50-100 bucks. I always try to keep a distance from other vehicles but it is inevitable that you will receive a crack or two if you drive thousands of miles.
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Old 11-15-2011, 05:54 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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how close behind these trucks are you driving?
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Old 11-15-2011, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Northern NJ
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Can anything be done? Or is my car destined to take this abuse forever?
Abuse, forever. Don't drive behind them, just stay away, stay in the left lane and pass quickly, etc. I have no problem avoiding them. You just have to pay attention. In the final analysis, windshields are a maintenance item in the world of NJ driving. You replace them periodically as you would your tires and brake pads.
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