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Your Windshield During the Winter

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Changes in the weather affects many aspects of our life. The transition from warm and sunny to the wintry cold has us in constant preparation mode to adjust our habits and anticipate what the changing conditions might bring. Preparing your vehicle is no different, but did you ever consider how cold weather affects your vehicle’s windshield?

Cold weather is added stress on the windshield, as well as on the driver. Sometimes, in our hurry to get in the car and get going, we compromise safety. Ice and snow build-up on the windshield, condensation and fogging, affect vision, but never resort to short cuts that might be detrimental on the structural stability of your windshield. Here are a few Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to clearing your windshield.


… Pour hot water over the windshield. If you’re in a rush, you might be tempted to de-ice your windshield by splashing or pouring hot water to melt the ice quickly. The sudden temperature change can cause your windshield to crack. If your windshield is already cracked and the use of water is repeated, it may cause the glass to break.

… Blast your windshield with hot air. While not as severe as hot water, blowing hot air may deteriorate your windshield’s integrity, especially if there is pre-existing damage on the glass.

… Use the wrong tools. Use only windshield-specific instruments for scraping ice off your windshield, such as ice scrapers and brushes. Never use a shovel, hammer or screwdriver to get the ice off, or you might risk serious damage.


… Keep your windshield clean. That’s one less thing to worry about when clearing your windshield for clearer visibility.

… Ensure your wipers are in good condition. Or change them at the start of winter, for peace of mind.

… Maintain a full washer fluid tank, as you will use your washer fluid more during the winter.

… Immediately fix cracks and chips. If there are cracks or chips in your windshield, ice could form in the fractures, causing the windshield to weaken further. With prolonged and continuous freezing and thawing and an expanding area of damage, your windshield could shatter. It’s prudent to get any damage, no matter how small, fixed immediately, so that a small problem doesn’t become a big one.

First Response Glass is a certified auto glass repair and replacement company, as well as an ICBC Glass Express shop and an authorized service provider for all major insurance policies.