Driving with a cracked windshield is dangerous and replacing your windshield can be expensive. Once you have your windshield replaced, you want it to last as long as possible. The best approach to windshield maintenance is to do your best to protect your windshield from getting cracks or needing replacement in the first place. Here are three ways to protect your new windshield:
Keep Distance Between You and Other Vehicles
One of the most important things you can do to protect your windshield is to maintain plenty of distance between you and the car in front of you, especially when driving on the highway. When you follow too closely, you greatly increase the risk that the vehicle's tires will kick back rocks and other debris that can easily chip or crack your windshield. This is even more the case when following large semi-trucks or when driving through a construction zone.
This is a good practice to follow anyway, since following too closely limits the other driver's visibility and increases the risk of a collision if they have to stop suddenly.
Avoid Washing Your Car in Extreme Weather
Another common cause of cracked windshields is going to the car when it's either extremely hot or extremely cold outside. When your windshield is practically frozen on an extremely cold day, for example, the heat from warm water and the automatic dryer at the car wash can cause it to crack. Similarly, cold water splashed onto a very hot windshield can also cause cracks to appear. To play it safe, save your car washes for more mild days.
Get Chips Repaired Quickly
Finally, pay close attention to your windshield and be sure to have even very small chips repaired right away. Once your windshield is chipped, all it takes is a drastic change in temperature, a slammed car door, or the shock of driving over a pothole for the chip to spread and turn into a crack. Most car insurance will cover chip repair, and many auto glass repair shops will even come to your house or workplace to make the repair. There is truly no reason to ignore a chip and risk it turning into a large crack.
Protecting your new windshield is worth the extra effort. By following these simple tips, you will help prevent unnecessary damage to your windshield and keep it in pristine condition for as long as possible. Contact an auto glass repair service for more help.