How to Cover a Broken Car Window

by Shelley Burton
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The one time you forget and leave something valuable sitting on the seat of your car---you return to find a broken window and your possessions stolen. Broken car windows are irritating, but leaving your car open to the elements and vulnerable to further thievery is dangerous. Cover broken car windows with a plastic garbage bag until you can take your car to the repair shop and get the glass replaced.

Step 1

Position yourself inside the car and place the plastic garbage bag over the hole in your window.

Step 2

Hold the plastic very tight and begin duct taping it to the window frame on each side, checking to make certain there are no gaps in the tape. Gaps can collect moisture if it rains or snows, causing water to leak into your car.

Step 3

Add a second layer of duct tape around the window frame, to make certain the tape will hold.

Step 4

Test the hold by exiting the car and tapping on the plastic-covered window. If the plastic sags inward, you will need to re-do your window covering and ensure that the plastic bag is taut.

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