When I noticed a few chips in the windows of my home, I didn't worry too much about how it would affect anything. Instead, I mainly focused on how it made my home look, and I secretly cursed the unsightly damage. However, those small chips began to grow until there were large cracks. After having that experience, I decided to dedicate myself to spreading the word about the problems associated damaged glass. Read this blog to find out how damaged glass could affect you and your family members.
Your car's windshield protects you from the elements and also protects you from being thrown from your vehicle in the case of an accident. This crucial part of your car is often overlooked, however, until it needs major repairs or to be replaced. It's much better to be proactive about windshield maintenance. In order to keep your windshield in great shape for many years to come, just follow these five tips:
Have Cracks or Chips Repaired Right Away
It may be tempting to ignore a small crack or tiny chip in your windshield, but this is usually a mistake. The longer you ignore cracks, scratches, or chips, the more of a chance they'll have to become bigger and much more difficult and expensive to repair. Many car insurance policies fully cover the cost of minor windshield repairs, so be sure to check your coverage details.
Avoid Slamming Car Doors
The vibration from a slamming car door can weaken the glass of your windshield and car windows, and cause any small chips you haven't noticed yet to get worse. Kids are often the biggest culprits of car door slamming, so take some time to teach them how to close car doors in a more gentle manner.
Maintain Distance Between Vehicles
When you're driving down a gravel lane or on the highway, following too closely behind another vehicle will not only annoy the other driver, but it may also damage your windshield. This is because the other car is kicking up small rocks and bits of gravel as it drives which will hit your windshield if you are too close. Maintaining a bit of distance will also help protect your car's paint job from those same stray rocks.
Park in the Shade
Sunlight and hot temperatures can wear down your windshield glass over time. Ideally, you will park in a garage whenever possible. When a garage isn't available, try to park in a cool, shady spot instead of in direct sunlight.
Clean Your Windshield Wipers
If your windshield wipers are dirty, the next time you use them they will rub small rocks, dirt, and other irritants into your windshield glass, potentially causing damage. Whenever you clean your car or go to the carwash, remember to clean your wipers too.
By following these tips, you will take great care of your windshield and save money on repairs and replacements at the same time.