Cracked windshields are a summer tradition here in New Jersey. The sweltering sun takes a toll on your windshield, especially if it is already damaged.
We get a lot of phone calls from people who wait too long to request an appointment…by the time they call us, cracks have already spread across the windshield, making it un-repairable.
There were even a few instances when the windshield cracked out while we were driving to the customer’s location! That inexpensive windshield repair quickly became an expensive windshield replacement claim.
Summer Windshield Care Tips
Do you have a rock chip? Here are some hot weather care tips to help prevent a cracked windshield:
- Get rock chips repaired right away! Don’t wait to see if the chip is going to spread or not. Heat, road vibrations, even temperature and pressure changes can cause the smallest rock chip to spread suddenly across the entire windshield.
- Park your car in the shade. The baking sun is the biggest culprit for windshields cracking out during the summer. Keep your car parked in the shade until the windshield is repaired. It is also a good idea to keep several windows rolled down about half an inch to reduce the internal temperature of your car.
- Avoid sudden temperature changes. Don’t blast your ice cold A/C directly on the hot windshield. The sudden temperature changes can cause small chips and microscopic cracks or flaws to start cracking.
Don’t slam car doors. Damage, such as a rock chip, causes a weak spot in your windshield. Slamming the car door causes a sudden pressure change that might cause the rock chip to spread.