If you live in an area where it commonly dips below zero in the winter, you may already have experienced having your windshield crack. When this happens, it isn’t just a little crack, but one that runs from one side of the windshield to the other across the bottom. As time goes on and temperatures rise and fall, this crack may also work its way up to the top on either side. Needless to say, the cost of replacing your windshield can be costly and inconvenient. Here are some tips to help prevent such an occurrence.
When the temperature outside is bitter cold and below, it is extremely important to warm your windshield slowly to prevent shock. If you try to heat it up to quickly, it shocks and cracks. Never use boiling water to melt ice on the windshield. Not only can this crack, it can cause your windshield to shatter. This can be extremely dangerous too. So, the proper way to heat up your windshield is to set your defroster on medium and let it warm up gradually. While this means you need to get going a little earlier and take more time to get on your way, it will help keep your windshield in one piece.If you have little windshield dings, it is a good idea to have them fixed as soon as they occur as they can begin to run and crack with temperature changes. Be proactive and take care of these little spots before they become big problems.
While some like to use windshield de-icers, it is important to remember that as you drive, a film of ice crystals may reform as the cold air blasts across your window. The best way to make sure your windshield is kept in tact is warm it slowly, using low or medium airflow from your car’s defrosting and heating system. Waiting for your car to warm up is your best bet to beat the cold weather cracking.