Keeping your windshield in the best condition possible is vital for the safety of the vehicle and those that ride in it. Other than making routine inspections of your windshield and rest of your car, there other things you can do to protect its integrity.
Here, we present 5 top tips to keep your windshield in top condition
Chips & Cracks
All kinds of things thrown up by the wheels can impact the windscreen, such as grit and small stones. Even the tiniest particles can, over time, have a negative effect. Getting the small dings repaired quickly can prevent them from becoming a bigger issue later.
This kind of damage can normally be repaired without having to replace the whole windshield if it is caught and dealt with early enough.
Keep out of direct sunlight
If you have to park in direct sunlight, out of any available shade, leave a window cracked. If there is an existing crack, however small, heat can make it expand and make the situation worse than it needs to be. In this case you will need to look into windshield replacement.
Aside from that it is also going to help prevent turning your car into a wheeled oven and making everything too hot to handle or even sit down on.
Always use a scraper, never hot water to clear ice
As with direct sunlight, how water can make existing cracks much worse and necessitate a windshield replacement. You should also use wiper fluids in colder weather, so slush and grit doesn’t smear the glass.
Heated scrapers are one way to go, if you are careful with it. Directly applied hot water is never a good idea in icey conditions.
Keep your distance
Maintaining a healthy distance between you and the car in front is not just good for your stopping distance, and keeping within the rules of the road. Keeping back from other vehicles in front of you has other benefits. It can also help prevent your windshield from being peppered by grit and other particles kicked by the other vehicle’s wheels.
Seek shelter in adverse weather conditions
Hail is harder than you may think, and driving into it is going to put undue stress on the glass. If you really must drive, do so at a slower speed than you normally would to reduce the chance of damage. Other than that, it is not just better for the windshield but is going to be safer too.
These are small adjustments, but they can make a big difference to the lifespan of your windshield and the safety of you and your passengers. Small changes now can make a big difference later so they are well worth making.
If the windshield does become damaged and you can’t have it repaired right away, you should protect the damage as much as possible until you can have it looked at. For instance, clear tape can be used as a temporary measure but only if your vision is not obscured.