It’s that time of year again when the temperatures start to drop and the snow starts to fall. For many people, this means bundling up and staying indoors as much as possible. But for those who have to commute in winter weather, it means taking extra care of your car—and that includes your auto glass.
Auto glass is more vulnerable in cold weather for a few different reasons. First, the temperature change can cause cracks and chips to spread. Second, road debris—including salt and sand used for de-icing—can cause additional wear and tear. And finally, ice and snow can make it more difficult (and dangerous) to see while driving. All of these factors combine to make winter a tough time for auto glass.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to protect your auto glass in winter weather. Here are a few of our top tips:
Tip #1: Clean Your Glass Regularly
This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important to clean your windshield regularly in winter—especially if you live in an area that uses salt or sand on the roads. These materials can damage your windshield over time, so it’s important to remove them as soon as possible. A quick wipe-down with a cleaning solution designed specifically for auto glass will do the trick.
Tip #2: Be Careful When Clearing Snow and Ice
When you do have to clear snow and ice from your windshield, be careful not to use any harsh chemicals or scrapers that could damage the glass. Instead, stick to soft cloths or brushes that won’t scratch the surface. And be sure to clear all of the snow and ice from your windows before driving—you don’t want anything blocking your view while you’re on the road.
Tip #3: Repair Chips and Cracks Right Away
Winter weather can cause even small cracks and chips in your windshield to spread quickly. So if you notice any damage, it’s important to get it repaired right away. This will help prevent further damage and ensure that your windshield can withstand whatever winter throws its way.
By following these simple tips, you can help keep your auto glass in good condition all winter long. Just remember to clean regularly, be careful when removing snow and ice, and repair any chips or cracks right away. By taking care of your auto glass now, you can help avoid bigger problems (and costly repairs) down the road.
From all of us at Quick-Set Auto Glass, drive safely out there!