Windshield damage occurs year round…whether it be during the cold winter months, spring thaw or even summer! Many people do not realize that the summer heat can affect your windshield too – especially if it’s already compromised. The temperature of your windshield can increase up to 140 degrees or more during the day and drop to as low as 30 degrees at night (depending on your geographical location). Glass expands when heated and contracts when cooled so, it is important to avoid sudden temperature changes.
Here are some DO’s and DON’Ts for windshield during the summer:
1. DON’T use sun shades – particularly the reflective kind underneath your windshield. These reflect heat back through the windshield increasing the windshield temperature.
2. DO park in the shade to help keep your vehicle cool. If you have to park in the sun, roll your windows down slightly to keep heat from building up inside your vehicle.
3. DON’T wash your vehicle directly in the sun or if the windshield is hot. Cold water compounded by a hot windshield equals the possibility of a crack. If your windshield is already cracked, washing can contaminate chips which can weaken repairs.
4. DO wait until the sun dies down and the temperature is cooler before washing your vehicle. This also helps keep detergent from spotting on your vehicle…a plus!
5. DON’T slam doors, hoods or trunks. Vibration can cause the smallest rock chip to spread suddenly across the entire windshield.
6. Do get your windshield repaired immediately especially if it’s been chipped by a rock. In the meantime, place clear packing tape on the outside of the crack to keep it clean. Be proactive to avoid a bad situation becoming worse. You definitely don’t want a ticket for having a shattered windshield or any further damage occurring.
Although, we’ve outlined some of the DO’s and DON’Ts; please note that ONLY A PERMANENTLY REPAIRED WINDSHIELD CHIP WILL PREVENT A CRACK. If you’re in need of vehicle insurance with glass coverage, please give us a call: 800-660-6934. We’ll be happy to assist you!