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Most people think that windshield damage is most likely to occur when a rock hits the glass or when a small accident occurs. These things can cause your windshield to crack, but there are many things that you do that can cause damage to occur as well. Many of these mistakes occur during the winter. Read through the information to try and avoid these mistakes and also make sure to consult with a windshield repair specialist if you do see cracks and chips.
In some areas of the country, temperatures can drop dramatically at night during the winter months. When these temperatures start above 32 degrees Fahrenheit and then drop below the freezing point, then the moisture that sits outside your home will freeze. The faster the temperatures drop, the quicker the ice forms. When some of this snow and water sits on your windshield, then it works its way into small cracks, chips, and other openings. The moisture then freezes, expands, and forces the damage to spread or open up. This can cause previously unnoticed damage to suddenly appear.
How to Prevent Damage
The easiest way to prevent windshield damage caused by freezing water is to park your vehicle in your garage. The inside of your garage will likely stay between about 30 and 40 degrees once outside temperatures drop to around 20 degrees. Also, the heat inside your garage will not escape as quickly as the warmth outside your home will. If you feel that your garage is too cold though, then consider adding insulation to the walls or purchase an insulated garage door.
If you do not have a garage, then consider purchasing a waterproof car cover to secure over your vehicle at night. The best protection is provided by products manufactured with a plastic coating underneath the polyester or cotton fabric. The cover will help to create a vapor barrier between your car and the exterior environment and it will keep snow and ice off your windshield.
Before you place the cover on your car in the evening, just make sure to remove the moisture from the windows. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe down your car. These cloths are made out of fine threads that can absorb a good deal of water. Pay close attention to the sides of the windshield as you dry, because the edges are the weakest areas of the glass.
Defrosting too Quickly
If you do end up parking your car outside and you are in a rush in the morning, then you may try to warm up your car as quickly as possible. You may turn the heat on too high and you also may be tempted to pour warm or hot water on your windows to melt snow and ice. Exposing your windshield to temperatures that drop drastically can cause a crack, but so can raising the temperatures too fast. When your cold windshield is exposed to heat, the glass expands quickly and this can cause weak windshield areas to break.
How to Prevent Damage
You can keep your windshield safe from damage by turning the heat in your car on low. Give yourself about 30 extra minutes in the morning before you need to go to work or school and raise the heat every 10 minutes to gradually warm up your vehicle. As your car warms up, use a soft brush to wipe away any snow. Do not use a scraper on the glass though, because the sharp edges of the device and the pressure can cause damage.
If the ice does not melt fast enough on your windshield, then consider sprinkling a small amount of table salt on the glass. Salt lowers the temperature that ice can freeze at, and this helps to melt the ice on your windshield. A small amount of rubbing alcohol can also assist you in removing the ice from your vehicle glass.
Windshield damage can happen to your car at any time throughout the year. Winter damage is common and often times your actions will cause cracks and chips. The information in this article can prevent this from happening.