Auto body repair after hitting road debris is a topic that should be looked into by all drivers before an accident actually occurs. Preparation will not only save you time and money
The following are a few of the potential threats on the road ranging from small to large, and how you should handle each.
Auto Body Damage –
Parts from a blown out tire, fender and other pieces of a car, or construction material have all found their way onto the road at some point. If you may happen to hit an object it can cause unwanted scratches, dents, and dings to the vehicle. This sort of damage is often superficial and can easily be remedied by auto body techs to have your car looking as good as new.
Cracking a Windshield After Impact with Road Debris-
Even the smallest of rocks on the freeway can be picked up by the rotating wheels of a tractor-trailer truck and become a projectile. This object, however small, colliding with your windshield can either lead to a number of outcomes. For lucky drivers, this is a small inconvenience of a small crack slightly obscuring your vision, but often times can lead to a large crack directly impeding your view of the road. It is important to remember that small cracks rarely stay that way and can grow with time and changes in weather. If the crack is large enough you can receive a ticket and be fined.
Tire Damage –
Other objects can have more serious consequences such as punctures to the tire. Always have an emergency spare or tire repair kit on hand and make sure you know how to operate all equipment properly. With other more serious punctures and tears it is obviously better to have your vehicle off the road immediately and towed to the nearest station.
Hitting Road Debris and Damaging the Undercarriage –
If you notice your car veering toward the right or left this may indicate your car’s alignment has been thrown off. Objects making a high-speed impact with the suspension or steering systems can significantly damage the vehicle and lead to steering problems down the line.
Damage to the undercarriage may result in leaking as well. This means the oil pan has been hit or transmission fluid lines will need replacement.
Out of sight should not mean out of mind in these potentially serious cases. If you have hit an object on the road, or have any concerns about the vehicle, it is best to bring the car into your local shop. We here at Collision Centerz are always on call to help our customers with their auto repair needs.
Many comprehensive insurance plans cover single-vehicle accidents. To add, there are a few important caveats to be aware of in order to get full reimbursement. Typically this may take more research by the insurer to determine if another party was at fault for causing debris to be on the road. Lastly, check with your individual insurer to make certain you know what your plan covers.