Harsh weather conditions can cause significant damage to your car's windshield. This is especially important in the winter, when dramatic temperature changes might cause your windshield to expand and contract too quickly, increasing the possibility of cracks. Bad weather can also impair your vision while driving, increasing your risk of an accident - 27% of crashes in the United States occur during periods of bad weather. Both of these problems can be avoided by weatherproofing your windshield.
Windshield Weatherproofing Procedures
Check your windshield for cracks first, especially before bad weather occurs! If your windshield has cracks or chips, you should have them repaired. Cracks and chips compromise the structural integrity of your windshield, and if the cold weather worsens, you may develop even larger cracks.
Follow the manufacturer's recommendations when applying rain and snow repellent to your windshield. Rain repellent is a substance that is severely underutilized in windshield care. It works by reducing friction for your wipers when they are turned on, which can extend their life, keep your windshield clean, and improve your visibility.
When there's ice on your windshield, don't turn on your heater! If you heat a frozen windshield too soon, the rapid expansion might deform and fracture the glass. We understand that it's tempting when you're already late for work, but having to replace your windshield is a lot bigger hassle. To securely defrost, put on the defroster on the lowest level and leave it on for five to ten minutes.
If you have a garage or a private driveway, you may try keeping your car running for a few minutes while you finish getting dressed - just remember to crack your garage door to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning! You may even buy vehicle starters intended expressly to warm your car up before you get in it! They can be a little pricy, but it’s lot cheaper than replacing a windshield.
The Advantages of Weatherproofing Your Windshield Increased Visibility
A safe windshield is one that is clean! Dirt and grime buildup can reduce sight and pose a serious safety threat over time. And it's especially easy to acquire streaks and stains on your windshield in the winter because of the chemical and salt-laden slush that gets splattered on it as you drive. Wipe down your windshield inside and out as needed after it has been fully defrosted to ensure proper visibility on the road!
To maintain your windshield clean, you can use several treatments, such as Aquapel. These formulae generate a "hydrophobic" surface on your windshield, repelling rain and snow as it hits the glass. This can aid improve vision even in the harshest winter conditions such as rain, snow, and sleet.
It safeguards your wipers.
Weatherproofing also keeps your windshield wipers in good working order and greatly extends their lifespan. Dirt and slush on your windshield cause small tears and chips in your wipers, reducing their lifespan and leaving streaks on your windshield when they begin to clean unevenly. Keeping your windshield clean and free of debris can make a big difference in how often you have to replace your wipers.
In general, you should replace your windshield wipers every six months as they wear out. Windshield wipers in bad condition can scratch the surface of your windshield, weakening it and leaving it prone to future harm. Replace your wipers as soon as you notice streaks or a reduction in visibility. To protect your windshield and your safety, use the best windshield wipers you can afford.
Contact Fast Glass Service if you have any questions regarding weatherproofing your windshield. We'd be pleased to go over your options with you.
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