As you know, your front windshield provides important support for your entire vehicle. The windshield is there to provide structural support for your car and to protect you in case of a roll-over. While the front windshield is designed to be tough, it is still susceptible to damage. There are a few precautions you can take day-to-day in order to better protect your auto glass.
- When cleaning your auto glass avoid using harsh chemicals and stick with glass cleaner, mild soap, or vinegar.
- If you get a small chip on your windshield from flying rocks or debris, make sure to get it fixed as soon as possible.
- Avoid slamming your car doors. Believe it or not, compounded with other pressures and over time, the negative vibration can have an effect on your windshield.
Depending on where you live, you will also run across certain weather oriented problems. If you live in the Denver area, it is almost guaranteed that you will see snow and ice throughout the winter. If you’ve recently moved to the area, you may have never experienced weather like this. Here are some winter tips to consider:
- If you wake up to your car windshield full of ice and snow, avoid pouring hot water over it to melt the ice. Although tempting, ice is not designed to sustain sudden changes of temperature and this is a recipe for glass cracking.
- Don’t tap on the ice. Another move people often try when they’re rushing to get to work and impatient about the ice on their windshield. Avoid tapping on the ice; the added pressure can also make chips and cracks.
- Don’t use sharp or metal objects to scrape. You may think that something like a spatula or a key is simply scraping off the ice, but it might do so at the expense of a scratched glass.
- The best way to get rid of the ice is to start the car and put your vents to defrost. In about five minutes the natural heat from the car will gradually heat up the glass and safely melt the ice.
What about during the summer months? Just like the winter, summer can bring its own conditions and require a different kind of approach.
- Park your car in a shade or garage if possible to avoid long exposure to heat
- If your car is parked in a sunny spot, try cracking a window slightly to allow some air in and release some of the pressure build up.
When Things Hit the Glass
Of course, no matter how much care you take, being out on the road comes with a certain amount of risk. This means putting your car at risk of collision and your windshield at risk of damage. If you notice cracks, dents, or it suffers damage, make sure to fix the problem immediately. Take it to the professionals at Complete Auto Glass.