“On a beautiful late spring day a few years ago, Mark Bergman was driving his Mazda Miata through the Vail Valley. The scenic ride turned sour when the car in front of him kicked up a rock and threw it backward — right into his windshield.
“I’m just glad I had the top up,” he said.
That rock was leftover from a county or state snow plow truck that spreads aggregate to help with traction in the winter, Bergman believes. And he has good reason to think that — in his four years of living in the Vail Valley community of Edwards, Bergman said he’s had four windshields replaced because of rock damage.
“There’s really no avoiding it,” he said. “You can’t see the stone coming. I mean, when it’s your turn, it’s your turn.””
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Depending on the transportation authority’s aggregate used to make roads safer during winter, there’s a greater chance of rock chip damage. Aggregate (sand or loose rocks) is supposed to provide more traction on snowy and icy roads. The larger this aggregate is, the higher the chance of it getting flung up into the air. In an ironic twist, this material that is supposed to make driving safer might cause the opposite to occur on rare occasions.
Fortunately, rock chip repairs are a lot less costly than a full windshield replacement. The pro’s at Advantage Auto Glass work quickly and efficiently and can even come to you if you’re in the twin cities area. Learn more about our rock chip repair service or call 612-343-8984 for more information.