There’s a lot that you can do as a car owner to extend the longevity of your car windshield and ensure that it continues to look as good as new for as long as possible. Here are just a few of the concrete steps that you can take to preserve your car windshield:
PRO TIP 1: Clean your windows regularly
This may sound obvious, but too many people put off the regular cleaning of their windows. As a rule of thumb, you should clean your auto glass windows at least once every month, if not every two weeks. You’ll want to use a premium, high-quality glass cleaner and a microfiber glass towel to get off any particularly difficult deposits (e.g. deposits left behind by bugs and birds). Also, pay attention to your technique – clean the outside glass first, then the inside glass. Finally, clean relatively small areas at a time, in order to avoid those annoying glass streaks.
PRO TIP 2: Pay attention to your wiper blades
Old or damaged wiper blades have a tendency to make fine, hard-to-notice scratches on the windshield. Over time, these scratches can compound, making it very difficult to see in certain areas of the windshield, especially with a strong sun glare. Also, when you clean the windows (see PRO TIP 1), gently lift the wiper blades when giving your windows a thorough cleaning. If you prop them up while cleaning, they might snap back and cause a serious scratch to the glass.
PRO TIP 3: Get any stone chips fixed immediately
It’s impossible to overstate how important it is to fix any minor stone chips quickly before they are allowed to spread and widen. You’ll recognize these stone chips immediately – they appear to be small craters or compressions in the outside glass. In some cases, there may appear to be small air pockets trapped between the two layers of glass in your windshield.
For just $50 or so, you can have these stone chips fixed by an auto glass windshield expert. If you wait too long and the cracks get too big, you may need to have the entire windshield replaced, and that may cost you as much as a thousand dollars – if not more. Go to Etobicoke Auto Glass’s website for more detail.
PRO TIP 4: Keep a safe distance from vehicles in front of you
As you drive over certain surfaces, tiny pebbles, stones and pieces of gravel tend to kick up in the air, and could damage your windshield. If the pebbles or stones are big enough, they can lead to some serious chips in the windshield. Keep a safe distance while driving, in order to minimize the risks of stones and pebbles flying up and hitting your windshield.
PRO TIP 5: Avoid parking your car in direct sunlight
High heat can help to increase the size of microscopic chips and scratches already in your windshield. If you’re not able to fix these immediately, then you certainly want to keep them from spreading and widening. Try to park in the shade, or at least, places that are not directly in the sun.
By some estimates, 7 out of every 10 vehicles on the road today have windshields that need to be repaired or fixed. To avoid being part of that unfortunate 70 percent, just follow the quick, easy tips above. You’ll have an auto windshield that’s clean, strong, and unblemished.