Apart from being unsightly, a windshield crack or chip can weaken your windshield, block your vision, and decrease your vehicle’s safety. Nobody wants to see his car’s windshield with cracks. However, there are ways to prevent them, as long as you know what may have caused them.
Big hails can cause chips to your windshield. High winds, tornadoes, and storms can send rocks and tree limbs into your windshield and cause cracks and chips. Even the sunlight we enjoy in the summer months can also cause cracks. Exposing your vehicle to sunlight for a long time can heat up the seal that holds the windshield in place. Because of the difference in temperature between the windshield’s edges and center, the glass can weaken and make it vulnerable to cracks.
In order to prevent all these chips and cracks from happening, park your car inside. If not always possible, at least do something to protect your car from direct sunlight by parking in the shade.
Thrown Debris which can Hit your Vehicle
As you drive down the road, your tires will usually hit debris like small rocks or loose gravel that can hit your car. And because there are other cars on the road, there are many tires that can do the same. There are also airborne stones and gravel that can cause chips in your windshield. And you will want to repair the chips right away to prevent them from becoming a big crack.
To prevent chips due to debris on the road, try to stay away from gravel roads and drive slowly when you are in construction zones. Also, keep a big distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you to protect your windshield from possible debris thrown by that car’s tires.
Stress and Changes in Temperature
Glass is expected to move when it feels changes in temperature. Glass contracts when cooled and expands when heated. Rapid and frequent temperature changes in the glass cause continuous movement, stressing, and weakening the glass. This type of situation takes place if you blast the AC on a hot day or the heating system on a cold day, or using hot or warm water for melting ice on your windshield.
To avoid these kinds of cracks, it is important to control the temperature of your vehicle. Start your AC or heat on a low setting and let your vehicle gradually cool down or warm up. If possible, park it in a garage to protect it from outside temperature. Also, do not use hot or warm water to melt ice on the windshield. Rather, use an ice scraper to remove ice.
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