Tips For Protecting Your Auto Glass In Winter
The cold Canadian winters can put additional stress on your windshield and other auto glass. Cracked windshields are especially prevalent this time of year. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to safeguard your auto glass, even if it's not possible for you to park in a garage or under cover at home or at work.
- Start your defroster on low. Sudden changes in the temperature can cause glass to break, in your car as well as in the kitchen. When your windshield is extremely cold, such as after it has sat in your driveway all night, you'll want to warm it gradually. Although it's tempting to turn your defroster on maximum heat, it's wiser to start on a low setting and gradually increase the heat. Before you start defrosting your car on a snowy morning, check to make sure that no snow is blocking your tailpipe, so that carbon monoxide doesn't enter the interior of your vehicle.
- Brush and scrape snow from left to right. After you've loosened the ice and snow from your car by using the defroster, remove the excess by brushing snow and scraping ice using a left-to-right motion. This mimics the path of your windshield wipers.and is much less likely to damage them or the glass.
- Chip ice only when absolutely necessary. Avoid, if at all possible, chipping heavy ice on your windshield. This action can not only chip the ice, but your windshield as well. Make sure to use only plastic scrapers that are designed especially for auto glass.
- Cover your windshield with cardboard on frigid nights. If you car has to sit out overnight on those sub-zero nights, you can help prevent ice from forming on your windshield by covering it with cut-up cardboard boxes. Make sure to slide the cardboard gently under your windshield wipers to secure it and keep it close to the glass surface. You can also use a plastic tarp if you don't have any cardboard handy.
While preventing a chip or a crack in your windshield or other auto glass is not 100 percent guaranteed, taking a few extra steps, such as starting your defroster on low, avoiding chipping the ice off your windshield whenever possible and covering with cardboard or a tarp on those frigid nights, can go a long way towards reducing the odds you'll have to replace your windshield this winter. If you have a glass repair emergency, call Around The Clock Glass Service.