This is a guest post by Glass America, one of the nation’s largest auto glass and windshield replacement and repair businesses. Glass America has been keeping cars, trucks and vans safe on the road since 1999.
Jack Frost is making his way to town and he’s about to bite your windshield! Are you prepared to take proper care of your glass this winter? Taking proper care of your windshield in harsh winter weather can prevent repairable chips from turning into costly cracks.
To protect your windshield in freezing weather, follow these simple tips:
Steer Clear Of Using Other Objects:
Do not hit the windshield with any object to try and “break-up” any snow or ice. You just might end up breaking the glass!! Be patient and allow some of it to melt with the defrost before brushing it off!
Let The Engine Warm Up:
Make sure your vehicle is warm prior to initiating your defroster, as a slow change in temperature for the purpose of defrosting the glass will decrease the chance of a crack.
Socks as windshield wiper covers
Use an extra pair to cover your windshield wipers at night to keep the snow off of them. Raise the wipers off of the windshield and cover them up for easier de-icing in the morning.
Put The Hot Water Down!
NEVER use hot water to remove ice from the windshield. This will cause any chips to instantly crack your windshield. Instead use table salt to loosen the ice. Keep a salt shaker in the glove box during the winter.
If your windshield develops a chip, it’s important to have the problem addressed as soon as possible. The longer a crack is allowed to linger the larger it will grow, decreasing your visibility as a driver and jeopardizing your safety on the road. A few months of snow, ice, and cold temperatures can turn a small chip into a huge expense.
If you have a cracked windshield and you need emergency windshield repair or replacement services, look no further than the experts at Glass America.Call (508) 543-2505 to schedule an appointment or visit them online to learn more about their range of custom glass repair services.