Your vehicle’s windshield not only provides a clear screen for driving but also structural strength, keeping you and your passengers safe. When carrying out vehicle maintenance, the windshield should also be accounted for among the components that require care.
Prevention is oftentimes better than cure. With regards to your windshield, there are a few important “don’ts” that will help prevent damage to it.
1. Don’t forget to replace your windshield wipers regularly
It is recommended that you replace your windshield wipers every 6 months. Audible squeaking or scraping indicate a need for new wipers, as well as streaking. However, even if you don’t encounter these tell-tale signs, regular change is important. The rubber on your wipers will deteriorate over time, wearing thin to the metal component of the wiper which might scratch the windshield glass.
2. Don’t let dirt build up on your windshield
A dirty windshield may not seem like such a big deal, but leaving dirt and debris to accumulate can cause little scratches. Keep your windshield clean and clear, replace wipers regularly and your wiper fluid reservoir topped up.
3. Don’t use the wrong cleaning products or tools
When choosing cleaning products, it’s important to use the right product. Harsh chemicals like ammonia can be found in some cleaning products not designed for use on auto glass and can damage the glass more than it cleans. Always use products designated specifically for auto glass.
Sponges and towels can also scratch windshield glass if there is dirt already trapped in the fibres. Ensure that you use clean microfibre cloths on your windshield.
4. Don’t de-ice improperly
Hastily de-icing your windshield can damage the glass. Again, using the right tools is of utmost importance. In this case, a plastic scraping tool designed specifically for de-icing, while using your car’s defroster at a low setting is the best method getting your windshield ready for the drive to work. Be careful not to hack or pound at the ice even when using a proper tool.
If you suspect that the glass has some sort of damage, have the windshield inspected by a technician at First Response Glass, and if repair is required, this can be done quickly to preserve the integrity of your windshield.