Ways you’re Damaging your Windshields without Knowledge
Every driver’s priority should be to have their windshield in the best conditions, as these are known to protect the inside of your vehicle by stopping bugs, rocks and any external element that can get into the car. They also are most likely to protect you (the driver) and any passenger from serious injuries during an accident.
When you think about avoiding damage to your windshields, you probably think the causes are accidental impact or careless drivers. Even the most careful driver can get their windshield damaged. Windshield glass can get pits, chips, scratches, or cracks from natural circumstances.
At Y & L Auto Glass, we want you to be aware of the ways you’re damaging your windshields without knowing and how to avoid them.
Improper cleaning methods
If you’re not applying the right windshield cleaning methods, you can do more damage than good. There are some types of towels, soaps, and household glass cleaners that are not recommended for the windshield because they’re too harsh. They could make little scratches or damage the tint.
A sponge is a big no-no. Sponges can hold tiny rocks and debris without you noticing and when you use it on your windshield, they will cause little scratches.
What do we recommend? Always use 2 microfiber cloths: one for washing and another for drying. Make sure that the cleaning soap you’re using is specifically for auto glass.
On the other hand, infrequent cleaning can also harm your windshield. Windshields that are not cleaned regularly can collect dust, little rocks, leaves, and all types of debris. All of these elements can get caught in your wipers or when cleaning, resulting in expensive damage or even windshield replacement.
What do we recommend? Cleaning your windshield regularly with the proper tools and methods.
Wiper blades require proper maintenance and, depending on the recommendations, replacement after a certain period of time. Wiper blades wear down with time, exposing hard plastic that can impact your auto glass.
What do we recommend? Follow the instructions on the wiper’s manufacturer about the maintenance and replacement period. It’s a good idea to check your wipers every now and then to make sure they are in optimal conditions.
Your windshield may be suffering damages without you noticing. It could be something entirely avoidable, such as the reasons we provided above. Never neglect your windshield! It is an important part of your vehicle safety and without the proper maintenance, it can result in an early replacement. If you need help with your auto glass, don’t hesitate and give us a call!