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4 Tips for Protecting Your Car’s Windshield

In a perfect world that 18-wheeler wouldn’t have sprayed up that rock and cracked your windshield, but sometimes windshield damage is unavoidable. Fluke cracks aside, there are some steps you can take help extend the life of your windshield and protect it against damaging chips and cracks. Below, we explain four tips for protecting your car’s windshield.

1. Avoid the Sun – When you’re on a beach, sun is a top priority, but you’ll want to avoid extended exposure for your car’s windshield. The longer you leave your car parked in the direct sunlight, the shorter the lifespan on your windshield. Tiny cracks can expand when there’s a considerable temperature difference on each side of the widow. Try to find a shady spot to park when leaving your car for an extended period of time.

2. Don’t Slam Doors – Slamming your car door can cause intense vibrations which can lead to the expansion of tiny cracks. If you have a noticeable chip in your windshield, use caution when closing your door, or you may cause the crack to spiderweb.

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3. Smart Parking – We mentioned above that you want to avoid parking in the direct sunlight for days on end, but you also don’t want to park under a large tree if you know a storm is coming. Be smart about where you park. Avoid parking under trees when bad weather is expected, and don’t park too close to that Little League diamond when games are being played!

4. Know How to Clean Your Windshield – During the summer, you’ll want to avoid ammonia-based glass cleaners, as they can damage you car’s window tint. As for the winter, steer clear of pouring hot water on your windshield, and only use appropriate window scrapers!

Windshield repair is one of our specialties at Affordable Auto. Whether it’s windshield repair or replacement, we can help get your car back on the road in no time! Contact us for a free quote today!


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