Windshields are one of the most important, yet fragile, parts of an automobile, and replacing them is quite costly. While your automobile’s windshield is tough, it is not invincible. Damage can be caused by a variety of sources, including dust, rocks, sunshine, and even time, and can result in impeded driving.
In extreme cases, the severity of a crack may make your car illegal to drive. With all that windshields do for us, we should pay greater attention to them as they are responsible for maintaining the vehicle’s structural integrity. If it is damaged already, you must immediately contact a reliable windshield repair company to repair or replace it.
Here are some of the finest strategies for protecting your windshield and limiting the degree of any damage.
Drive Slowly And Carefully
When travelling at high speeds, the impact of any foreign object is significantly more harmful, resulting in windshield fractures and damage. This happens when the flying object collides with the shield with considerably more power and pressure. Therefore, the only way to protect your windshield is to drive slowly and cautiously. The best driving practice is to leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you.
This tip is not just for your windshield’s protection, but also for your safety as a motorist. Driving at a safe distance allows you to have more reaction time. Those few extra feet could mean the difference between a car in front of you hitting your windshield and you swerving out of the way.
Watch The Temperature
The glass in your vehicle expands and compresses as the temperature changes. This expansion and contraction can put stress on the window glass, causing a pressure crack in the windshield. Excessive heat applied directly to your windshield degrades the glass over time. Any pre-existing cracks will grow and enlarge as a result of the constant heat.
As a result, it’s advisable to park in the shade and away from direct sunlight as much as possible. Because the window shades don’t do much to shield the glass from the heat (but they do keep the dash from fading and cracking), do everything you can to avoid prolonged exposure to rapidly changing temperatures.
Repair Windshield Chips Immediately
There are some circumstances where a chip in the windshield is unavoidable. If you see a little chip or crack, you should contact a windshield repair service provider right away. When window damage is left unattended, it will eventually worsen. This can be a dangerous source of distraction.
Similarly, the cost of repair increases as the damage is left unattended for a long time. Smaller chips can be repaired, but if they continue to fester and grow, the entire windshield will need to be replaced. A chip may be repaired quickly, cheaply, and easily, but if it grows larger, you may need to replace the entire windshield.
Replace Your Windshield Wipers
It’s time to have your windshield wipers replaced if you realise they can’t push away all of the water on the glass. Wiper blades change their form with time, putting undue pressure on particular regions of the windshield (instead of evenly disbursing the pressure applied by new wiper blades). Poor wiper blades by themselves will not harm your vehicle, but when combined with other elements, they will weaken the glass, making it more prone to cracks and chips.
Ditch The Chemicals
Avoid using harsh chemicals when cleaning your windshield. Glass deterioration and even the removal of the protective layer on your glass can be caused by chemicals. You will notice that your windshield lasts considerably longer if you refrain from using chemical-laden windshield cleaners and car shampoos.
Chemicals in these products, such as ammonia, might cause harm to the protective layer. Use chemical-free solutions whenever possible, or prepare your own windshield cleaning spray by combining water and vinegar. When you stop applying these chemicals, your windshield becomes healthier and you notice that the other vinyl and plastic components of your automobile last longer.
About Exact Auto Glass
Exact Auto Glass fixes cracks, chips, and small holes. We are MPI accredited and offer a lifetime warranty on our work to the vehicle owner.
We understand that it’s not always feasible to bring your vehicle to us, as is the case with heavy machinery that needs glass replaced. This is why we offer mobile services and come to you to fix or repair your damaged glass. Contact us now.