Replacing your windshield is not always covered by insurance, and even when it is you will most likely need to pay your deductible. It's always a good idea to take good preventative care of your car's windshield, in order to keep it in great condition for as long as possible and prevent the expense of needing to replace it prematurely. Here are four tips for taking care of your windshield:
Have Glass Repaired Promptly
Instead of ignoring small chips, cracks, or dents in your auto glass, it's important to have them repaired right away. Glass repair for small areas of your windshield can usually be done very quickly and affordably. On the other hand, if you ignore chips or cracks, they are likely to spread and turn into much bigger problems. Those little chips and cracks weaken the overall integrity of your windshield, making it more likely you will need a windshield replacement sooner than later.
Park in the Shade
UV rays from the sun can weaken your auto glass over time, making it more susceptible to cracking, while also fading your car's interior. For these reasons, aim to park in the shade whenever possible. The ideal solution is to park your vehicle in a garage, but when this isn't possible look for shady spots under trees, awnings, or car ports, instead of parking directly in the hot sun. Your car will stay more comfortable in the summer and your windshield will be more protected.
Driving too fast and following other cars too closely is not only unsafe driving but is also bad for your windshield. Aggressive driving and not allowing enough space in between cars increases the likelihood of rocks and other debris hitting your windshield and damaging it. Following large trucks too closely when driving at fast speeds (such as on the highway) is an especially bad idea.
Replace Wiper Blades as Needed
If you notice that your wiper blades aren't effectively cleaning your windows, and are instead leaving streaks behind, it is time to replace them. As window wiper blades wear out over time, they dry out and become abrasive. If you don't change them out regularly, the old wiper blades can leave tiny scratches on your windshield, which diminishes the windshield's appearance and also weakens the glass.
By following these preventative maintenance tips, you will do a great job of protecting your windshield and extending its lifespan.Share
20 July 2017
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