Winter weather is here. My advice; move South! If, however, you must drive in cold weather, I have put together some tips to help prevent auto glass damage and keep you safe while driving. Always remove ice and snow from the windshield and the wipers before turning them on and always check that your wiper blades are in good repair. Typically, wipers blades should be changed twice per year. They wear out from use and dry rot from heat and non-use. Never leave your windshield wipers on when you turn your car off.
Always use a plastic scraper to remove snow and ice. Avoid using metal, glass or other make-shift scrapers, as they will scratch the glass. These scratches cannot be removed and the windshield will have to be replaced.
Prevent abrupt temperature changes – Don’t use hot or boiling water to attempt to defrost your windshield. If there is ice on the windshield, boiling water could easily shatter it and you would need an auto glass repair or replacement. Instead, turn on your car’s defroster, let the windshield slowly warm up, and melt the ice or snow.
Always be sure the door windows are not frozen before attempting to open. If you do try to roll them down and they don’t move, STOP! By continuing to try to roll the windows down you could destroy the window regulator, causing the window to fall into the door when it does thaw out and costing $$$’s
You can also use an inexpensive shield to cover the windshield and all you have to do is remove the shield. Have windshield chips and cracks addressed immediately to avoid further damage. If you find yourself with a damaged glass or window regulator just give me a call and I can get you back on the road quickly.