Buying a car is an investment and you should do whatever you can to take care of that investment, including proper auto glass care. A cracked or broken windshield will make your care unable to be used, and lead to a very hefty repair bill. Follow these simple tips to extend the life of your auto glass and protect that investment!
Avoid Slamming Doors
Slamming car doors is terrible for the windows. It creates pressure within the car that, if it’s strong enough, can create a crack in the glass. Close doors gently and remind all of your passengers to do the same. Accidentally slamming the door one time probably won’t cause a crack, but repeatedly doing it surely will.
Avoid Direct Sun
Direct sunlight can wear down the durability of your windshield over time. When it’s sunny, try to park your car partially or totally in the shade. If you don’t have a garage, a simple carport to provide shade will do the trick. Extended sun exposure will cause the glass to become brittle and cracking or breaking will occur much easier.
Don’t Cause Extreme Temperature Changes
As tempting as it may be to turn your air or heat on high when temperatures outside aren’t ideal, you should avoid it as much as possible. Sudden temperature changes will cause damage to all the windows in your vehicle and make them more prone to breaking.
Change Your Wipers
You should clean your wipers regularly and replace them as needed. To make it easy to remember, get in the habit of wiping your wipers off with a paper towel each time you get gas. Check for small rocks and other foreign objects lodged in the wiper. Each time you get an oil change ask them to check your windshield wipers and change them if needed.
If you do suffer a crack or break in one of your auto windows, get it fixed right away. Small chips and cracks can typically be filled, rather than replacing the entire window. If you let a small chip or crack go unattended, it will grow and spread across the entire piece of glass until it has to be replaced. Don’t forget regular window cleaning as a part of your car maintenance routine. Taking care of your auto glass is much cheaper than replacing it, your care and your wallet will thank you!