Driving on a rural, gravel road is a sure way to get scratches and dents on your car. And while you may not care about being perfectly "show ready," you probably want to protect your car's glass at the very least.

Whether you're just moving out to the country or you're a seasoned veteran, here are some ways you can protect your car from life on a rural road.

Get Your Windshield Fixed Immediately

Firstly, if you get a small chip in your windshield, you need to get the auto glass repaired as soon as possible. Rural roads are bumpy. It's not that they cause more windshield damage, it's that they more readily exacerbate it. The second you have a crack or scratch, the bumpy roads will start to make it much worse. It can turn into a large fracture almost immediately.

Take Your Time

It's easy to speed down rural roads, but speeding makes it harder to control your vehicle. The biggest issue you'll experience is when following behind other cars and trucks. Often, they'll kick up rocks or even drop loads on the road. Take your time on rural roads and avoid traveling directly behind another vehicle on them.

Invest in Windshield Protection

There are film coatings you can have applied to your windshield to protect against gravel and sand, which are two of the most major types of windshield damage on rural roads. Sand pitting, in particular, can happen over time due to the roads not being paved. Windshield film will protect the glass underneath, but needs to be applied by a professional to avoid bubbling or discoloration.

Keep Your Car Clean

Living on a rural road, you're more likely to get bugs splattering your windshield and other dirt and dust. Make sure you clean your car regularly to avoid getting this dirt stuck on. As you clean your windshield, you can inspect it for any damage. If you don't clean your windshield regularly, you're more likely to miss any existing damage.

Once your windshield has been damaged, it needs to be fixed—there's no getting around that. But getting a windshield fixed may be faster and cheaper than you think. You don't need to get the entire windshield replaced; you can often get even major cracks or chips fixed. Contact the experts at Centennial Auto Glass to get a quote today.