Compared to regular glass in your home, auto glass is constructed in a special way, and that’s why it shatters differently if there’s an accident. Still, auto glass is not indestructible, and sometimes the damage to your windshield can be considered too severe to impede safe driving.
Now, as much as you cannot predict when a football might come hurtling at your car and ruin your windshield, there are a few precautions you can take to keep your windshield safe and in good condition. Here are some of these precautions, courtesy of your favorite auto glass repair and installation company, Miracle Auto Glass Company.
Vehicles fling back stones and all kinds of debris at all times without warning. Also, trucks may drop objects on the car behind. In that case, it pays to keep a respectable distance between you and the vehicle in front, especially on rough roads. This will protect not only your windshield but also you as the driver. By having ample space between you and the next car ahead, you have enough reaction time in case something goes wrong, and also, the hurled debris will likely not reach your vehicle.
Fluctuations in temperatures cause your auto glass to contract and expand. And as time goes by, this extensive heat will make your windshield’s integrity to be compromised. To counter this, it is recommended to always park in the shade whenever possible. In as much as window shades safeguard your dashboard from cracks and fading, they aren’t much help against direct sunlight.
At times, windshield chips are inevitable, and you may not even know when they occur; you just get into your car one day, and voila, there it is! Anytime you notice a tiny chip/crack, it is in your best interest to have it repaired immediately. Any unrepaired windshield damage will eventually escalate, especially with fluctuations in temperature, which will make it gradually grow outward. In the long run, apart from being a risk, it’ll be more costly to repair.
When you notice your windshield wipers cannot push water effectively, make sure you replace them. As time goes by, wipers usually lose their shape, and they end up placing unnecessary pressure on parts of your windshield rather than evenly distributing pressure like new wiper blades. While inferior blades alone will not pose significant damage to your windshield, when paired with other issues, the strength of the glass is compromised, making it extra susceptible to chips and cracks.
Maintaining your windshield doesn’t take a lot of work, only a few wise decisions, and it’ll serve you well for ages. As a professional in all matters auto glass repair and replacement, Miracle Auto Glass Company is committed to superior results. Call us today or visit us, and we’ll put a smile on your face.