Winter weather damaging windshields

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Several days of icy conditions across the Brazos Valley is taking a toll on our cars.

Freezing temperatures have left icicles hanging off highway bridges in College Station. They may seem like a pretty sight, but they're causing trouble.

"We've had somebody call in say that they had some ice come off of an overpass off of highway 6 and smash up their jeep windshield," said Camille Rickle with Safelite AutoGlass.

Employees at Safelite AutoGlass repair said this is an unusual scenario for them.

"I've heard people say things have fallen on vehicles themselves but not ice, not here," said Rickle.

They've seen a lot of cracked windshields due to the cold.

"If they have little chips in their windshield that they may not know about...with the weather and the cold it could expand and cause cracks to come straight across," said Rickle.

Oliver Sims with Anco Insurance said it's important to get repairs done quickly.

"If your window cracks you start getting into question if it will pass inspection or not and it could also hinder your vision and things like that when you're driving down the road," said Sims.

Sims added most insurance policies should cover a cracked windshield.

"Insurance for something like this could be pretty handy if the deductible and cost of replacement fits," said Sims.

Safelite said while there's not much you can do about falling ice, you can try to prevent future cracks.

"With the cold the only thing you can do prepare is when you see a chip on the windshield to get it taken care of as soon as you notice it," said Rickle.

TxDOT was made aware of the falling icicles and said they try to address any issues that are brought to their attention.