The wintertime can put a lot of strain on us – our homes, our bodies, and even our vehicles all have to work a little harder during the winter months. And when it comes to our vehicles, a surprising number of people overlook something. While they spend the appropriate time and money to keep their engine and batteries at top capacity, the forget that their windshield needs some TLC as well.
When the temperatures drop, it’s easy to focus on a wide variety of car maintenance tasks to ensure that your vehicle is able to get you through the winter. But one thing that is often overlooked is your windshield. There are a few tips worth keeping in mind to help keep your windshield and your family safe this winter.
As the fall weather begins to put a chill in the air, most people are focused on staying warm and making sure that their vehicles are outfitted for the coming winter. However, one of the most overlooked pieces of maintenance that should be addressed at this time of year is the state of the windshield.
Unfortunately, most drivers will take small nicks and tiny cracks in the windshield for granted, especially if the blemish does not interfere with the line of site. The problem is that small cracks can quickly become big ones, and replacing a windshield can be a lot more of a burden than fixing the small blemishes before they become larger ones.
You’re driving along and suddenly you hear that painful sound of something hard and solid hitting you windshield. The next thing you know, the chip or crack suddenly appears. It may seem minor at first, but driver safety manuals always warn you about driving with a chipped windshield. In fact, law enforcement in some states now issue fix-it citations if they pull you over and see a damaged windshield.
While private drivers in Boise recognize the inconvenience of a chipped or cracked windshield, commercial drivers and fleet owners realize that this problem can be more than a minor frustration. Safety check and inspection issues can mean that even small divot in a windscreen can lead to excessive downtime for specific vehicles, and this does impact the overall productivity of the fleet.
Although damages to the windshield can occur at any time of the year, the heat of the summer and the rays of the sun can compound the dangers to your vehicle's windows. The fluctuations in temperature are what truly take a toll on the glass, and this can both cause the glass to become more fragile, but it can also exacerbate an existing chip or crack in the windshield. For this reason, it can be especially important to take special care of your windshield during the warmer months.