How to prevent your windshield from cracking in cold weather

January 8, 2015 at 10:56 pm

12412111-cracked-windshield-njDid you know that there are tricks to help prevent your windshield from cracking?

Have you ever warmed up your car in the winter and got in it to leave and noticed there is a huge crack across your windshield? Well here are some ways to help prevent that from happening to you.

You want to avoid sudden temperature changes, warm up your car slowly and don’t turn your defrosters on high until the vehicle is warm, and remember NEVER throw hot or boiling water on your windshield.

You can also use a plastic ice scraper on your windshield. You don’t want to use a knife or blade on your windshield because it can scratch or chip your glass. You can also use a liquid deicer to help.

Keep your glass clean this will help you notice any small cracks and chips in your glass, you want to get those replaced so that they don’t turn into a whole windshield replacement. Any cracks and chips that are smaller than the size of a quarter can be fixed.

Also replace your windshield wipers when needed, worn wipers can severely scratch and damage your windshield. Most wipers have plastic or metal clips that hold them in place, if the rubber is that worn it will  scratch your glass. There are also metal blades inside wiper housing  that can scratch your glass to the point where you won’t be able to see. You want to make sure you check your washer fluid too, if it is low you want to make sure you use one that is made for the winter time so that it won’t freeze, you can also use a liquid deicer to help when scraping the ice off.

Get those small chips and cracks repaired, American Mobile Glass will come to you and fix cracks and chips that are smaller than the size of a quarter.

Do you know why your windshield cracks?

The Problem:

Those tiny cracks that occur from everyday driving.

The Cause:

According to seismologists, the metal frame in your car expands and contracts in extreme temperatures. This causes stress on your glass and especially those little chips. This causes them to split under the stress. Its like taking a plastic spoon and cutting a small notch in it. That notch is the chip in your windshield, once you start to bend causing stress to the plastic the spoon it will break where that notch is. The same thing happens with your windshield.

The Solution:

Have existing chips fixed before extreme temperatures arrive. And remember to warm up or cool down your car slowly. It will lessen the stress on the glass and help prevent your windshield from further damage.

Trust the experts at American Mobile Glass and call for a free quote today!