That Was Easy! Auto Glass Repair at Home

by Sandra Foyt on January 13, 2011

in Road Trips

I’m not sure when the pebble hit the front windshield of my Suburban. I vaguely recall a pinging sound in the not too distant past, but it was a small crack, easily ignored during the crazy busy weeks leading to my sisters’ visit. But, then, wouldn’t you know it, the little crack spread while I drove my guests around the Capital Region.


Within a day, the dollar-bill-sized crack spread across the entire front windshield. We were terrified that the entire glass would implode (not that it would, front windshields have a layer of vinyl to prevent this,) but I still had to drive my sisters to the airport, in between other critically important errands. I didn’t have time to deal with the glass repair, and I had no clue what to do about the situation.

If only I had known how easy it is to get the auto glass fixed. All I had to do was call my car insurance company and they transferred me directly to Safelite AutoGlass. They scheduled a mobile repair unit to come to my home, where the technicians could repair the glass right on our driveway. In case I was worried, they even sent me this email to reassure me:

STEPHEN, a mobile technician with our company, will be arriving at your requested location to meet your auto glass needs. STEPHEN has successfully completed our extensive certification program and has passed all given motor vehicle, drug and background screenings. You can trust STEPHEN to install your auto glass in a courteous and professional manner.

Stephen and his partner were excellent. They replaced the windshield within an hour, and told me I could start driving after another hour. Best part? It was fully covered by car insurance; we didn’t even have to pay a deductible. Vada bing vada boom, my car is back on the road with a brand new windshield.



| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email:, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

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