Four ways to pro­tect your wind­shield in win­ter

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Want to pro­tect your wind­shield against the sea­son’s haz­ards? Then be sure to ad­here to these four easy guide­lines.

1. De­frost win­dows the right way

Sud­den tem­per­a­ture changes weaken your wind­shield and make it more sus­cep­ti­ble to crack­ing. For this rea­son, never pour hot wa­ter on your wind­shield dur­ing win­ter. In­stead, de­frost us­ing the ve­hi­cle’s heat­ing sys­tem. If you want to speed up the process, con­sider pur­chas­ing a block heater. This de­vice has the ad­di­tional ad­van­tage of pro­vid­ing ex­tra warmth to your ve­hi­cle — in­clud­ing the wind­shield — when it’s off.

2. Up­grade your wind­shield wipers

As your wind­shield is more frag­ile dur­ing win­ter, worn out or dam­aged wind­shield wipers can scratch the glass. Make sure you have high-qual­ity wipers. Also, take care to clean them reg­u­larly and con­firm that they’re prop­erly placed.

If you’re pur­chas­ing new wipers, con­sider get­ting a model de­signed specif­i­cally for win­ter, made with ma­te­rial ice doesn’t stick to. Oth­er­wise, you can pre­vent ice buildup by putting a news­pa­per or a thin piece of card­board be­tween the wipers and the wind­shield.

3. Drive de­fen­sively

The best way to pro­tect your wind­shield when you’re be­hind the wheel is to cruise at a safe dis­tance from other ve­hi­cles. In win­ter es­pe­cially, you don’t want to have rocks and other road de­bris fly­ing to­wards your wind­shield.

4. Get cracks re­paired right away

If de­spite tak­ing these pre­cau­tions you get a crack or chip in your wind­shield, get it fixed as soon as pos­si­ble. Cracks tend to ex­pand, lead­ing to costlier re­pairs.

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The best way to pro­tect your wind­shield when you’re be­hind the wheel is to cruise at a safe dis­tance from other ve­hi­cles.

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