As the name suggests, windshields shield you from all kinds of things—debris, winds, external temperature, etc. They’re key components of every car, strengthening their overall structure. In the event of a rollover accident, they protect cars from being crushed.
The windshield also keeps you confined within the car during an accident. If it weren’t for the windshield, you would be ejected on impact.
Having established their importance, let’s see how you can make yours last longer:
Swap out the wipers
Ideally, windshield wipers should be replaced every six weeks. However, if you drive long distances and park the car under direct sunlight for long hours, you might want to do it more often.
Extreme temperatures, snow accumulation, excessive debris, and wear and tear can reduce the lifespan of the wipers—and consequently that of the windshield.
When you’re parking your vehicle, always check the wiper clips and see if they’re locked in their proper position. If they’re not, they’ll scratch your windshield. If the wipers scratch, chatter, or smear every time they clear snow off the glass, you need to replace them.
It’s always cheaper to replace the wipers than to replace the entire windshield.
Pro-tip: Never run wipers on a dry windshield.
Keep it clean!
Often, car owners ignore pollen and dirt that accumulate on their windshield, simply because they don’t seem too hazardous.
But in reality, they not only impair the driver’s visibility, but also largely compromise the integrity of the glass. When tiny pieces of pollen, debris, and fragments of rock scrape windshield glass, they make it more susceptible to cracking. This is known as micro-abrasion, and it slowly wears away or grinds down the surface of the glass, weakening it.
If you don’t have the time to dedicate to the task, just get it cleaned every time you’re getting the fuel tank refilled at the gas station.
Invest in timely repairs
Never procrastinate when it comes to getting your windshield repaired. Windshield chips can turn into cracks sooner than you expect them to. This is because they put a lot of pressure on the windshield.
Once the crack spreads, you might not be able to get it repaired.
Also, replacing a small chip is a lot more inexpensive, compared to getting the entire windshield repaired. The process only takes about 10 to 15 minutes and your insurance company might help you pay for it.
Getting repairs done right after a chip appears will not only help you avoid costly replacements, but will also make the windshield last longer.