How to Care For Your Windshield in Summer Heat
Your car windshield can become damaged at any time of year, but there are certain precautions you can take in the summer to help prevent heat-related problems. Cracking or chipping of the windshield happens more often in the summer months than any other time of the year because the heat makes the windshield expand and the structure becomes more fragile. The biggest cause of summer windshield damage is the fluctuations in windshield temperatures. Here are some suggestions to avoid heat-related windshield repairs.
Slow Down Temperature Changes
Sudden temperature changes that occur when you crank up the cold air conditioning inside your hot, parked hot car can cause stress on windshield glass. Imagine putting ice cubes into a warm drink. The popping sound that the ice makes is similar to what is happening to your windshield when you are blowing ice cold air onto it after it has been sitting in the hot sun for hours. It is recommended that you try not to blast cold A/C right away upon starting the car, but instead enact a slower transition in order to avoid stress and save windshield glass.
Don’t Slam Your Doors
Take care in closing doors, hoods and trunks on your vehicle. Avoid slamming the doors when entering or exiting the car as vibrations from a slammed door or trunk can cause even the smallest of chips to spread across the entire windshield.
Park in the Shade
Park in the shade and leave your car windows open about an inch. This will help reduce the internal temperature of the car and minimize the stress on the windshield. If you find yourself with a chip or crack, make sure it is repaired as soon as possible by a licensed professional like Apollo Glass before it expands, becoming an even bigger problem.
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