To avoid sudden temperature changes, warm up your car slowly and don’t turn your defrosters on high until the vehicle is warm, and remember to never throw hot or boiling water on your windshield.
According to a study done by the Motor Industry Research Association, once the temperature drops below freezing, cracks and chips are 60% more likely to spread. That’s because windshields get more concave when it’s that cold outside.
Keeping your glass clean will help you to notice any small chips or cracks in your windshield. If you do notice a small chip, it’s recommended to get it fixed as soon as you see it so it doesn't turn into a whole glass replacement.
Be sure to replace your windshield wipers when needed, worn wipers could scratch and damage your windshield. You could also make sure you check your washer fluid, if it is low/empty, a fluid that is made for the winter time is recommended so that it won’t freeze. Using a liquid de-icer can help when scraping the ice off too.
Things you do every day without giving them a second thought could cause damage to your windshield. For example, driving over a speed bump or even slamming your car door. These minor things could put additional strain on your windshield. As a result, any present damage will be more likely to spread.
Cold weather can be a stress to your windshield this winter, but it doesn't have to be! Follow these easy steps for a stress-free winter.