With the welcomed arrival of summer, it’s likely that you’ll be spending more time on the road. More time spent driving might increase your risk of auto glass damage, especially when going on long trips or traveling on the highway. While you can’t prevent all instances of damage, there are a few steps you can take to greatly reduce them and keep your windshield intact this summer.
Replace Windshield Wipers as Needed
It’s recommended that wiper blades are replaced every six months or whenever you notice visible damage. Screeching or squeaking when wiper blades are being used also indicates it’s time for a change. Being proactive about changing wiper blades offers many benefits. First, it ensures your wipers work during rainstorms, which can take you by surprise when driving. New blades also prevent scratches from forming on your windshield, thereby preventing expensive repairs.
Leave Plenty of Room Between Vehicles
Leaving room between your vehicle and others is basic common sense. The more room you leave, the better you’ll be able to respond to an unexpected road hazard, which may cause the vehicle in front of you to stop suddenly. It also prevents rocks and other road debris from being kicked up and sent hurtling towards your windshield. This is especially useful when traveling on the highway with large commercial vehicles. In ideal conditions, leave at least two seconds between vehicles. When weather is bad, increase the distance to three or four seconds.
Reduce Air Temperature in Your Vehicle on Hot Days
Temperature fluctuations cause auto glass to expand and contract. This process weakens glass over time, leaving it more vulnerable to damage. Due to the hot temperatures in New Mexico, you’re more likely to experience this issue after getting in your vehicle cranking up the AC. Leaving windows cracked slightly while your vehicle is parked allows some of the hot air to escape. When possible, park your vehicle in a garage or a shaded area.
Get Small Cracks and Chips Repaired Immediately
Despite your best efforts, cracks and chips might still occur. Even if they seem minor, they’ll cause bigger issues if cracks begin to spread (which is likely when riding over rugged terrain or because of the above temperature fluctuations). Even small cracks that aren’t in your line of vision should be fixed immediately by a skilled auto glass specialist. Keep in mind that minor repairs are far more affordable than windshield replacement.
Do you have questions about your auto glass and how to maintain it from one summer to the next? If so, Astro Auto Glass is here to provide answers. Since 1997, we’ve helped car owners throughout Albuquerque repair and replace their windshields. If you’re in need of new auto glass, we even offer a lifetime warranty so you can rest easy.
Call 505-766-5176 today to schedule service. We also offer commercial services, including window tinting.