Driving a big rig is a great power that comes with a great responsibility. It’s a great way to earn money if you enjoy driving and have the proper skills to do so, but there are many components that the driver has to take care of before operating, including caring for the big rig’s windshield. Let’s take a look at what’s involved in big rig windshield care.
The first factor to take into consideration when caring for a big rig’s windshield is how the insurance for a big rig differs from insurance for a normal, consumer car. Often, commercial driver’s insurance has much more stringent terms for small imperfections on windshields than residential car insurance has. This is because commercial vehicles are driven for longer periods of time in more hazardous conditions. This is why, even if you feel it is not a big issue for you personally, you should get any detail, like a small crack, immediately looked at and repaired by a mechanic (or even possibly replace the windshield) in order to make sure you’re still allowed to operate the vehicle.
A second tip in caring for your big rig’s windshield is to watch out who you are following on interstates. It’s easy to get into “highway hypnosis” and just follow the flow of traffic, but this could end up costing you. Some trucks, especially ones that are transporting rocks and other small pieces of material, are bound to let some of it fly back, damaging your windshield. Always make sure you know who you’re following, and make adjustments if necessary.
The last tip we have for you on caring for a big rig’s windshield is that repairing it is not necessarily extremely expensive. Many trucks have windshields that are partitioned into multiple pieces, making it less likely that you’ll need a total replacement. Even if you do, commercial vehicle insurance can cover a lot of this for you.