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CONNECT WITH KLECK: Snow Plows Kick Up Debris, How To Protect Your Windshield

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

With two major snowfalls recently, snow plows have been out in full force working to clear the streets. However, while the crews clear snow, they also kick up debris.

We received a message from a viewer named Katrina who said, “While driving into town this morning, my windshield was hit by flying rocks from an oncoming plow truck. I was as far over as I could have been, considering it was on Highway 291 and there is not a lot of room. I now have a few cracks across my windshield. I’m all for the county doing what they can to make the roads safer in the winter, but not at the cost of me having to fix my windshield every spring.”

If something like that happens, the city says drivers can file a claim with the city’s Risk Management Department. Once a driver submits a claim, it is then evaluated by the city, and from there they decide what to do.

The city also recommends not passing a snow plow because they often work in pairs, so if you pass one, you may end up between two, which can be dangerous.

“A good rule of thumb is to look around and see if there are others and make sure you're not in between the two of them because that gets dangerous as well,” said Brian Coddington with the city of Spokane.

The city also says to leave at least four car lengths between your car and a snow plow for safety reasons.

“We see a lot of rocks being kicked up off the roads, people following too closely behind other vehicles,” said John Hoffman with the Glass Doctor of Spokane. “Whatever gets kicked up, hits your window and you're going to get a rock chip.”

If you do end up with a chip in your windshield, the best thing to do is fix it right away. A small chip can quickly turn into a crack if it is not repaired. During this time of year, Hoffman says cracked and chipped windshields happen a lot.

“Always worse in the winter, with the gravel that they're putting down,” Hoffman said.

Changes in temperature could also cause a small chip to turn into a big crack across your windshield. If you do get a chip, Hoffman recommends putting a piece of scotch tape over the chip to keep water from getting into it until you can have it fixed.

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