Driving is one of the riskiest things we do every day. Regardless of if you’re one of the safest drivers around, the sheer number of other operators on the road means that every time you get behind the wheel, you’ll be facing new circumstances. With all of the major worries we have to consider while driving our cars, it can be easy to forget about the small things. That’s why we’re here to notify you of the little things that can slowly wear down your windshield.
1.) Windshield Wipers
As time passes, the wiper blades on your windshield wear down. As this happens, hard plastic is exposed that can have a negative impact on your windshield. Not only can that hard plastic make marks along your windshield while the wipers are in use, but the plastic can also chip away at your windshield and wear down its integrity. Wiper blades are a maintenance item worth spending money on, and should be replaced twice a year.
Dirt is entirely common and practically impossible to avoid when behind the wheel. It’s a small thing to be wary of, but too much dirt and grime can increase the impacting force of road debris. The reason for this is because dirt and grime cause the surface of the glass to be uneven. So, when a rock hits a clean surface, the force of the impact is evenly distributed across the surface. If the windshield surface is dirty, however, the chance of cracking increases due to the uneven transfer of energy.
3.) Cold Weather
A lot of us don’t have the luxury of storing our car in an enclosed space during the winter months, or times of cold weather. When you leave your vehicle in the cold for extended periods of time, the car is robbed of much needed heat. Like most things, glass contracts when exposed to cold air. So, cold weather can greatly influence the destabilization of a windshield. If your windshield already has a chip or crack, exposing it to air beneath 30 degrees can increase its likelihood of cracking by more than 60%.
While the major concerns of operating a motor vehicle should always be at the forefront of your mind when getting behind the wheel, it is important to consider the little things too. Safe driving requires one to remain on top of a lot of different aspects of their vehicle. When it comes to your windshield, keep an eye out for the small things that could eventually add up to a larger expense. Hindsight is 20/20, so do what you can to keep your windshield healthy for as long as possible!