Windshield Cracks Should Be Fixed Before Hot Weather Hits

When your windshield is damaged, and sustains a crack, it is very important to get the crack filled. Not only does this prevent the crack from worsening, but it also gives you peace of mind about your windshield. Often times, however, people continue to drive and put off their windshield repair. With summer in full swing, you really should have the damage addressed sooner rather than later.

Higher temperatures make your windshield glass heat up, which cause the glass molecules to expand. When the glass molecules expand, the damage to your windshield also begins to expand. It is a gradual process, but over time the crack or chip will continue to grow due to expansion. Filling the crack before summer heat waves can help prevent this. If you wait too long, and allow the damage to linger throughout the summer months, the crack stands the chance of growing past the point of being eligible for repair. This is incredibly important to keep in mind, as a repair job is much cheaper than a full replacement.

If your windshield has sustained damage, but you aren’t able to get it fixed before a strong heat wave, do your best to keep it in the shade. Keeping the windshield out of the sun will help keep the crack from growing while you figure out what to do about the damage.

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Tips to Prevent Needing Windshield Repair

Let’s face it, there are always going to be accidents and unfortunate scenarios to encounter when operating a motor vehicle. However, there are things within our power as drivers that we can keep at a minimum. Windshield repair is one of those things. There will always be rocks and road debris, but we can help mitigate the damage.

1.) Use Windshield Protectant

Windshield protectant can be rubbed onto your windshield to help strengthen it. This creates a layer over the windshield that will help absorb the impact of any road debris your windshield may come into contact with. However, this only applies to rocks and road debris on the smaller side, as no amount of protectant will help deflect large objects.

2.) Don’t Drive Close to Trucks

As we’ve all likely experienced, trucks like to spit up rocks and other road materials. This is often how a lot of us get our windshields damaged in the first place. Staying back, or avoiding driving behind trucks altogether, can greatly reduce the chance a truck will fling debris at your car.

3.) Never Dump Hot Water on Your Windshield

When you’re running late in the winter and your windshield is encased in ice, this tip can be a tough one to keep from entering your mind. After all, it makes sense, right? However, this is highly unadvised. Dousing your cold and icy windshield with hot water can cause the windshield glass to expand and contract, which will result in a crack. The better option is to use luke warm water to help melt the ice away. It will certainly be a longer process, but your windshield will remain undamaged in doing so.

These three tips do not encompass all things you can do the mitigate windshield repair. However, they are three important tips all drivers should keep in mind. Keeping these points in mind, while also remaining vigilant both on and off the road, will help keep your windshield fully intact for longer periods of time.

Protecting your Windshield and Auto Glass

While in most cases you can’t avoid a rock flying into your windshield, or acts of vandalism, there are at least a couple ways you can prevent your windshield from taking on unnecessary minor damage. Over time, some pretty small things can add up to your windshield taking avoidable wear. Here are a few things you can keep in mind if you want to protect your auto glass:

  • Don’t slam the door! Something that many of us probably heard our parents yell at us, this is something that will actually cause minor damage to your auto glass if done repeatedly over time.
  • If you do take damage to your windshield, especially in the winter time, get it repaired right away. You may be able to get it fixed, but if you wait too long, the damage will likely spread and you will need to get the glass completely replaced.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for sand or gravel trucks that leave behind a trail of debris. These small rocks will leave little cracks and chips that will spread over time and cause serious damage.

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How to Keep your Windshield Glass Healthy

Being on the road makes your windshield and auto glass continually vulnerable to damage; it is just an inevitable reality of driving. However, there are a few things you can do to extend the life of your auto glass.

  • Avoid slamming your car doors. Not only is this bad for your car door latch and power windows, slamming your car door can also damage your auto glass and windshield. The reverberations caused by slamming can cause minor damage over time.
  • Do not use ammonia-based cleaning products on your auto glass. This chemical causes damage over time to auto glass, and is especially damaging to the window tint in the glass.
  • Avoid leaving your car in direct sunlight for long stretches of time. Direct sunlight can actually shorten the life of your windshield and auto glass. In the same vein, avoid leaving glass with minor cracks in the sun, or putting any direct heat on minor windshield cracks. In the winter, do not put your defroster on windshield cracks for too long. This can stretch the extent of the damage and spread any cracks in the glass.
  • Don’t drive behind any large transport trucks, especially dirt or gravel trucks. You are practically asking for a cracked windshield driving behind a construction truck. Don’t forget to keep your distance!

The windshield, and to an extent all of your auto glass, is an important safety component for the automobile. Keep your glass healthy to avoid having it cracked or broken to often.