Windshield damage can occur for a number of reasons. A collision. A rock kicked up from a semi truck. An accidental encounter with wildlife. Those are the obvious reasons.
And then, there are less obvious ways that windshield damage occurs. In many cases, it could be things that you are doing that you don’t even realize could damage your windshield.
Let’s look at a few of these less obvious ways and what you can do to mitigate their impact on your windshield.
1. Exposure to Cold
Folks in Colorado are no strangers to extreme temperature changes. Winter is coming, and we’re sure to see our share of snow and ice just like we do every year.
However, all that cold weather can wreak havoc on your windshield. Many of us here in Denver do not have the luxury of safely storing our car in a warm garage. Instead, most cars are left to suffer the cold. When this happens, your windshield can contract due to its exposure to the cold air. If you turn on your heat full blast first thing in the morning, you could be risking severe windshield damage.
These risks are further complicated if your windshield has a chip or crack in it. Each time the temperature drops below 30 degrees, you’re increasing the likelihood of making your windshield damage worse.
Our recent blog post covers some excellent tips on how to avoid getting frost on your windshield. Put those tips to work to mitigate the effects of extreme cold temperatures.
2. Following Trucks Too Closely
Large trucks are notorious for kicking up rocks and other debris on the road. In fact, this is one of the leading causes of windshield damage.
There is no completely foolproof method to avoid this type of situation. However, you can significantly lower your risk of having debris make contact with your windshield by maintaining more distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
Ideally, you will stay two car lengths behind other vehicles. You might consider increasing this to three car lengths when following a large truck. if a vehicle does kick up a rock, you’re reducing your chances of it hitting your windshield and causing damage.
3. Not Replacing Your Windshield Wipers
Be honest: when is the last time you replace your windshield wiper blades?
Experts recommend that windshield wipers are replaced every six months or so. This is because the constant wiping eventually wears down the rubber on the blade. When this happens, it exposes the hard plastic that helps make up its structure.
You don’t want that hard plastic swiping across your windshield glass surface. When this happens, it can leave deep scratches or marks across your windshield. This limits your visibility, especially if it’s in your direct line of sight.
Also, the plastic can cause chips or small cracks in your windshield. This damage can also affect your visibility and leave your windshield susceptible to additional damage.
As a rule of thumb, you may want to consider replacing your windshield wiper blades every other oil change. Consider it part of responsible car owner maintenance.
4. Not Cleaning Your Windshield
Having a dirty windshield is more than a cosmetic failure. 3rd and debris can collect on the windshield and may not wash off once it starts raining. When you turn your wiper blades on, the blades can run unevenly across your windshield’s surface. This results in an uneven distribution of pressure that can leave your windshield susceptible to damage.
The same issue occurs when a rock or other debris hits your windshield. The impact is distributed unevenly, which could lead to additional damage.
Use your car’s windshield cleaning feature on a regular basis to clear away any dirt or debris that may be stuck on. If you notice that your windshield wipers don’t remove it all, use a squeegee and some elbow grease to keep it clear and clean.
5. Not Getting Windshield Chips Repaired
Chips in your windshield is also more than a cosmetic issue. When your windshield sustains a chip, it compromises the structural integrity of your entire windshield. The easiest thing to do is to get the chip filled before it gets larger or creates additional damage.
And in most cases, insurance will pay to have the chip repaired. This is because insurance companies know the value of fixing small issues before they can become bigger problems.
Check with your insurance agent to see if they will cover the cost of a minor chip repair. Bright Auto Glass can work with your insurance company directly to file the claim and collect the payment. This way, you have one less thing to worry about.
6. Driving Too Fast
Driving at high speeds is dangerous for a number of reasons. you can add windshield damage to that list.
This is because fast speeds, especially quick accelerations, can result in rapid pressure changes. And even though automotive glass is among the strongest types of glass there are, your windshield can still develop stress fractures when undergoing rapid pressure changes.
Driving fast puts additional pressure and force on your vehicle. The easy thing to do is to slow your speed.
7. Opting for a Cheap Windshield Repair or Replacement
Everyone likes to save money. But there are some cases when you don’t want to skimp on quality just to save a few dollars. Your auto glass is one of these things.
When you need your windshield repaired or replaced, especially when you pay out of pocket, it’s easy to go with the lowest cost provider. But if you get cheap quality glass, you may find yourself getting another repair or replacement before you know it.
Quality auto glass should be OEM and installed by a trained professional. OEM glass is every bit as good as your car’s original windshield. What’s more, you can actually save money by doing the job right the first time. You will be less likely to need a repair or replacement in the future.
Trust Bright Auto Glass to Fix Your Windshield Damage
Windshield damage is something you should take care of as soon as possible. It helps to protect you, your passengers, and the people around you when you have unobstructed visibility.
Contact our team today for a free quote on fixing your windshield damage today.