Windshield damage is never something you want to have to deal with. This is because cracks and chips in the windshield only become worse unless you are able to get it repaired right away. Plus, it compromises the safety of your vehicle. If you were to be involved in a car accident, there's a much higher chance that your windshield will completely shatter and will not help the airbags deploy safely and effectively. Here are four tips to help you take care of your windshield:
- Try Not to Park in Direct Sunlight: If you can help it, it's best not to park in direct sunlight. Instead, try and park in the parking garage, under the shade, or in covered parking. This way, your windshield is not exposed to the harsh rays of the sun that can weaken the windshield. Plus, it can help protect your windshield from other outside elements, such as hail.
- Clean the Windshield Carefully: When you are washing your car, you should never use ammonia based cleaners that will destroy the tint on the windshield. When this happens and the tint starts to deteriorate, you will probably have to replace the windshield to fix it. You also want to be sure that you use a cotton towel when you dry your windshield to prevent steaks so that you can see clearly on the road.
- Don't Slam the Doors: Whether it's the trunk of the car doors, you should not be slamming them closed. The vibration that it does to the car can possibly lead to damage on the windshield. Not only that, but it can even damage the frame of the door, which makes your car vulnerable in a crash.
- Be Mindful of the Roads You are Driving On: If you can avoid it, you should not drive on any dirt roads or roads that are undergoing construction. This can lead to many tiny rocks flying up on your windshield and possibly cracking it. If you do drive on one of these roads, keep your distance from the car in front of you so that you avoid flying rocks and pebbles as much as possible.
With these four tips in mind, you are sure to have a windshield that lasts longer and thus possibly never have to deal with windshield damage. On top of this, some of these tips also double as protection for the rest of your vehicle's exterior components. Contact an auto repair shop for help.