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How to Prevent Damage and Take Care of Your Windshield

By keeping your vehicle’s windshield in great condition it will help ensure that you receive the full benefits of your vehicles safety features.

How to Prevent Damage and Take Care of Your Windshield

Windshields are not just for looks – they are specifically designed protect us from the elements outside and save our life in case of an accident. In times of major impact, windshields prevent the roof from caving in on the passengers inside the car and keep front passengers from flying out.  

Although often taken for granted, a windshield plays a vital role in keeping you protected from foreign elements while the vehicle is moving. It is also designed to reduce the risk of getting injured should you be involved in an accident. In case of a major accident, the windshield holds the roof in place preventing it from caving in, thus safeguarding passengers inside. It also keeps front passengers from flying out in the event of an accident.

Many people however rarely notice the importance of their windshield until it starts malfunctioning. Like everything else in the car, your windshield too needs to be serviced and maintained properly to remain in good working order through its lifetime. How well do you look after your windshield? Here are a few tips and ideas on how to keep the windshield in an excellent working condition. 

#1.Avoid slamming the car doors

Slamming the doors causes other parts of the car to vibrate. The vibrations will, over time, cause the side windshields to start coming off the track. You should also avoid slamming the door if the windscreen has small chips. The shock waves send from slamming the door causes the chips to spread little by little, something that can be avoided.

#2. Avoid parking in direct sunlight

Summer days in Houston can get really hot. Leaving the windscreen exposed to the direct scorching sunlight tends to affect its structural integrity over time, which in most instances, shortens its lifespan. The same happens to the windows as well. The UV rays also cause damage to the window and windshield tint as well. The temperature difference between the outside and inside of the car also causes little chips to worsen. All this can be avoided by looking for a shaded parking lot to park your car. You could also park under a tree.

#3. Have the small chips repaired soonest

Almost everyone struggles to maintain a pristine windshield. Many are times when a pebble will fly right into the windscreen causing a small chip. Although the chip may seem minute at first, it continues to grow and expand as time goes by. Most experienced drivers and car owners will have to get auto glass repair that same day to avoid costly repairs in the future.

Should your once pristine windshield get a small chip, you then should have it repaired soonest possible. Some insurance companies will foot the cost (as long as you do not have deductibles). The chip is fixed using a special resin that binds the glass together thus preventing it from spreading. The main idea behind putting the resin is to minimise/contain damage rather than remove it altogether.

Procrastination, or leaving the chip on the windscreen only spells disaster in days to come. Many people have attested to seeing a once tiny chip grow into a giant crate within a matter of days. Getting the chip fixed or repaired can, therefore, save you lots of time, money, and frustration in the long run. Do not wait until the crack becomes too big, or a cop will force you to replace the entire windscreen.

Repairing a tiny chip on your windscreen will cost between $20 and $30 depending on your vehicle. Replacing a windshield will cost you almost ten times that amount. Unless you have some money lying somewhere waiting to be spent, consider having the chips repaired immediately to avoid unnecessary or unplanned bills. 

#4. Ensure you Replace/clean your wipers

Although the wipers are meant to wipe off water and dirt from the windscreen, they can cause some damage to the windscreen too. Sand particles and other forms of dirt can be trapped in the wipers, which can scratch the windshield when you turn them on. Getting both wipers (front and rear) checked, cleaned, or replaced can prevent this from happening. Have your wipers replaced every three months to be on the safe side. Use a washer fluid to remove sand and other contaminants from the windshield.

#5. Refrain from using glass cleaners with ammonia as an ingredient

Although ammonia-based cleaners do a fantastic job cleaning glasses inside the house, they don't do a similar job on your windshield. Ammonia tends to destroy tint on the car windows and windshield.Use vinegar-based cleaners instead. Alcohol-based window cleaners will also come in handy here as well. Aside from this, you can use microfiber or cotton towels to clean the windshield. The microfibers help absorb excess moisture while eliminating the risk of scratching your windshield. Ammonia-based cleaners should be avoided at all costs in your car.

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