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Moved to Alberta. How to deal with so much rock and gravel on the road?

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Part of Alberta living. My wife's 2015 Outback already has a crack on the windshield and the vehicle isn't even one year old yet.
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Either like it or lump it. Or dont drive. A car is a tool you own, and unless you want it to stay new forever, the only way is to not drive it. But then why own it?

Somethings you have no control over. You can get into an accident tomorrow as well and have the car totalled.

I do my best to keep my vehciles new, but in the end, unless its parked, things happen
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Budget yourself for annual windshield replacements. I remember visiting my buddies in Edmonton and all of them had cracked windshields.
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Importz wrote:
Jan 26th, 2016 4:40 pm
Easy.. Take the c train..
From the roads he described, sounds like he's in Edmonton...or NE Calgary :D
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Our roads are like that in BC as well. You obviously haven't been to the parts that actually have winter.
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Maybe people are driving too close. I had two cracked windshields between two cars after 6 years of driving in Calgary (20 000km/car) and one broken fog light lens. Paint chips aren't too bad, but I do agree on 3M frontal treatment. I think hail storms are more concern than annual windshield replacement, IMO, in living in Calgary. Hope you enjoy saving PST that might go towards your car-care fund, OP.
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3.5 years in Alberta and haven't had a crack yet in my windshield, knock on wood.
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blainehamilton wrote:
Jan 26th, 2016 12:14 pm
Ding Ding Ding. Winner.


Gravel is a fact of life here, ice salt only works down to -15 to -20c so gravel is the fallback.

Cheap mid to late 90s compact suv or awd is the ticket.
Umm, it's not gravel it's sand with the odd stone in it.


vtec260 wrote:
Jan 26th, 2016 11:04 pm
Maybe people are driving too close. I had two cracked windshields between two cars after 6 years of driving in Calgary (20 000km/car) and one broken fog light lens. Paint chips aren't too bad, but I do agree on 3M frontal treatment. I think hail storms are more concern than annual windshield replacement, IMO, in living in Calgary. Hope you enjoy saving PST that might go towards your car-care fund, OP.
How do you not drive too close? ever been on the #1 or 2?
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pfree87 wrote:
Jan 26th, 2016 11:15 pm
3.5 years in Alberta and haven't had a crack yet in my windshield, knock on wood.
over 14 years here, never a cracked windshield. Have had rocks hit, but get them fixed right away.
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UrbanPoet wrote:
Jan 26th, 2016 12:04 pm
Can I borrow your Stevie B tape?
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