Your auto’s windshield and windows are a vital part of its safety system. In the event of a collision, they can help to protect you and your passengers, as such, their structural integrity is very important. There are several things that you should do to maintain and extend the life of your car, truck, or SUV’s windshield and windows.
- If you live or travel to somewhere with ice and snow, be mindful of the scraping tool that you use on your windshield. Be sure to purchase and maintain a scraper that is made for auto glass, as one that is overly sharp can scratch the glass, so much so that it may need to be repaired or replaced.
- During winter, avoid pouring warm water on the windshield to melt frost or ice. Similarly, be careful of cold water during summer. Extreme changes in temperature can cause the glass to crack dramatically if there is already a tiny chip or crack in it.
- Sunlight, vehicle exhaust, and oxidation erodes the rubber on your windshield wiper blades over time. As a windshield ages, it can also develop ruts from sand and other road debris that hit it, those pits can also cause your wiper blades to wear down more quickly. Replace windshield wiper blades as soon as they begin losing their effectiveness so that your field of vision remains clear.
- Get visible windshield cracks and chips fixed immediately. A small crack or chip can usually be repaired quickly and easily. If you wait and the crack spreads, it can mean replacing the entire windshield, in addition to causing a hazard while driving.
For more information about how you can maintain the integrity of your auto’s windshield and windows, or for a free quote on windshield repair or replacement, contact Ideal Auto Glass in Orlando today.