3 Ways You’re Damaging Your Windshield Without Knowing It

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.

2.) Dirt

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!

Preparing your Vehicle for Winter

Winter is just a few weeks away and we’re already anticipating the snowstorms we’re accustomed to in Western New York. Winters can be devastating to your vehicle and your safety while driving if you don’t prepare well enough.

Here are a few ways to get ready for winter:

  • Use winter windshield wiper fluid. Not many drivers are aware but windshield wiper fluid for summer is very different from the fluids used for winter. This fluid won’t freeze and will help keep your windshield clear of ice and snow.
  • Do a coolant and antifreeze check. This is a must before the winter starts. It’s in the name. Antifreeze will keep you and your car from freezing this winter.
  • Check tire pressure or switch to winter tires. At the minimum you must check your tire pressure before December rolls around but if you’ve been living in the Northeast for long enough you know that winter tires are the way to go if you want to stay safe on the road this winter.

Windshield Centers provides windshield replacement and repair services in Rochester and Buffalo, NY. Contact us online or at (877) 599-5196 to schedule windshield repair or replacement services today.

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How is your Windshield a Safety Feature?

Everyone knows that they should wear their seat belt. Most drivers know if they have air bags in their vehicle. We all see car commercials every day with the test dummies flying forward in a mini-van. But very few drivers are aware of just how important their windshield is to their safety.

In early automobiles, windshields were designed to keep dirt, debris, rocks and any other materials out of the vision of the driver. Now, windshields are designed to contribute heavily to the overall structural integrity of the automobile. In front end collisions, the windshield can provide up to 45% of the structural integrity of the automobile. The rigidity and strength of the windshield is essential for maintaining the structure of the vehicle’s cabin during collision.

In rollovers, your windshield helps support the weight of the car, preventing the roof from caving in. One of the most common causes of fatalities in rollovers are head injuries and ejections. The windshield helps prevent both of these by keeping passengers inside while helping prevent the automobile from crushing into itself.

Additionally, laminated auto glass is strong enough to support the force and speed of a deploying air bag. Many passenger side air bags deploy from the dashboard and actually bounce off of the windshield into the passenger. The strength of a properly installed windshield helps to support this level of force.

The car windshield has developed to become a key safety component for your vehicle. If you encounter any damage to your windshield, you should get it looked at by an auto glass repair expert as soon as possible.

 

Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop located in the greater Buffalo & Rochester, NY areas. Contact us online or at (800) 900-1505 to schedule windshield repair or replacement services today.