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