In order to help you extend the life of your new windshield, we have compiled a list of preventative measures that you can take to help your new glass last longer. Most of this maintenance is easy to do, and some doesn’t take any extra time at all.
Read on to see our suggestions for windshield maintenance, and see how a few simple measures can help to prolong the life of your windshield.
Repair Small Chips Before They Turn Into Cracks
Rock chips are a common occurrence. While many people avoid repairs until the chips become bigger, actually it is best to have small chips repaired right away. This is because over time, small chips tend to turn into bigger cracks, leading to more extensive repairs or even windshield replacement.
Repair Small Cracks Before They Collect Dirt
Cracks and chips tend to collect dirt over time, making the cracks harder to seal during repairs. It is recommended that you keep some clear tape in your glove box to seal cracks as soon as they happen, to keep the cracks free from dirt until you make it to the repair shop. Also, avoid touching the cracks as the oil from your hands could contaminate the crack, making it more difficult to repair.
Watch Where You Park
When your car is in a sheltered area, there is less chance of hail, lose debris, or baseballs finding their way to your windshield. Parking your car out in the open is sometimes necessary. But if you have a garage, it is a good idea to use it.
Avoid tailgating -whenever possible, that is. Rush hour traffic can make this difficult, however try to allow some distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. This can help to prevent gravel from flying back and hitting your windshield, and can help to prevent chips and dings.
Replace Your Windshield Wipers
Make sure your windshield wipers are replaced as soon as they start to show signs of wear. Damaged windshield wipers can result in scratched glass. It’s also a good idea to clean your wipers periodically, as dirt from the wipers can also cause scratches on the windshield.
Hopefully these tips have inspired you to look for ways to keep your car windshield safe. Remember, repairs are always cheaper than replacement. If your windshield does sustain any chips or cracks, try to have your vehicle looked at by a professional glass installation company while the cracks are still small enough to repair.