Summer is in full swing in Edmonton, and your vehicle’s windshield is susceptible to damage during this time. The change in temperature increases the chances of the windshield cracking or even breaking.
Here are some tips that can help keep you, your passengers, and your windshield safe during summer:
Try to avoid bumpy roads
Driving on bumpy roads is never good for any vehicle. It affects the alignment of the steering, the balance of the wheels, wears out tires, and also damages the windshield. Bumpy roads and driving over potholes increase the chances of developing rock chips on your windshield. Try to avoid such roads to keep your windshield safe during summer.
Don’t slam the doors
Always close your vehicle’s door gently. Slamming the doors will only cause existing cracks to spread across your windshield. Once a crack spreads too wide, the entire windshield needs to be replaced which is more expensive than having repairs done.
Slamming the doors also chances the air pressure in your vehicle that can make any existing damage worse, especially during summer.
Have any windshield damage repaired immediately
Dislodged rocks, pebbles, and stones can cause significant damage to your windshield. The cause scratches and chips on the surface that affect visibility, particularly at night. When you begin to notice these scratches, have them repaired by a professional. Any rock chips should be dealt with immediately as it can cause more damage when ignored.
Avoid temperature fluctuations
When the weather gets warmer, you’re probably tempted to blast the air conditioning in your vehicle. However, the low temperature in your car and the hot temperature outside can cause minute cracks along your windshield. These begin to spread across the windshield too. Also, avoid washing your vehicle with cold water after a day out in the sun.
Don’t leave your vehicle under direct sunlight
Even though Canada isn’t known for scorching summers, don’t take sun damage for granted. Leaving your vehicle parked for extended periods under the direct summer sun increases the chances of cracked windshields. The chances of your windshield cracking increase if you already have a chip on the glass.
When parking your vehicle during summer, remember to leave the window open just a crack. This allows temperature regulation in your vehicle. If your windshield does crack this summer, have it replaced immediately by our mobile service. Driving around with a cracked windshield is extremely dangerous and irresponsible.
If your windshield has sustained damage this summer, visit us. Our team has years of experience working on rock chip repair, windshield cracks, windshield scratches, and much more. Our other services include commercial glass repair and residential glass repair in Edmonton. Call 310-4527 to book an appointment.