Winter is now drawing near, and during this season, you need to ensure that your vehicle is in optimal condition. You may begin your winter preparation by replacing your car’s tires and ensuring that its heating is functioning well. That’s an important preparation to make. However, you also need to ensure that your auto glass is properly maintained and damage-free. Here are some tips that you can use to help protect your auto glass and windshield from the incoming cold.
Use the Ice Scraper after Defrosting
If you’re in a rush, the fastest way to remove ice build-up from your windshield and auto glass is through the use of an ice scraper. If the build-up is too large, using an ice scraper alone might not be the best solution.
Ice scrapers are ideal if the ice isn’t too thick and doesn’t require considerable force to remove them. Once you exert too much pressure, the ice scraper may end up damaging the windshield and auto glass, leading to costly repairs. Thus, before you decide to scrape off the ice, make sure that you turn on the defrost function of your heating first. Doing so will help thin the ice and make it easy to remove using an ice-scraper.
Defrost your Auto Glass Gradually
So why do you need to defrost gradually? It’s because extreme shifts in temperature (from hot to cold and vice versa) can cause rapid expansion or contraction in your windshield – it expands with heat and contracts with cold. This rapid expansion or contraction can damage your auto glass or compromise its structural integrity.
Thus, if you’re considering using the defrost function of your car, please ensure that you do it slowly. Begin with a lower temperature and work your way up to higher levels. Ideally, you want to wait for about 15 – 20 minutes for your car to defrost the ice before removing it with an ice-scraper.
A responsible driver will take the needed time to carefully and properly clean the car’s windshield to give him a good view out on the road. Unfortunately, not all drivers are this responsible. Some will only remove barely enough ice-build up from the glass so they can see the road – no more than that. They won’t remove the snow from their vehicle’s roof before driving away.
This kind of negligent habit can be quite dangerous for other drivers on the road. The snow sitting on top of your vehicle can instantly become airborne once you speed up. And if another driver is tailgating you, that flying snow can blindside him and lead to an unwanted accident.
So you can avoid this scenario, it would be best to keep a safe distance from the vehicle right in front of you. Follow the 3-second rule at least, although it is ideal to use as much as 5 seconds. And, of course, always clean your vehicle properly (including the windshield and the excess snow from the car’s roof) so that you won’t cause any potential damage to other drivers.