Winter car care tips for your windshield

With this sudden cold snap, your car is at risk of getting a cracked windshield. As temperatures go below freezing, it’s important to think about protecting your windshield. Here are 4 winter car care tips for your windshield.

Avoid sudden temperature changes.

Do not use boiling water to defrost your windshield. If your windows are iced over, you can use regular tap water to melt the ice instead of boiling water. Yes, hot water will speed up the melting processing, but it could shock your windshield and cause it to crack. Turn on the defroster and let the windshield warm up slowly.

Buy a plastic ice scraper to remove ice.

Plastic ice scrapers are cheap and it doesn’t take long to remove the ice by hand or can also purchase de-icer fluid for your windshield washers such as Rain-X De-icer. De-icer can remove the ice fast and you may not have to use a scraper at all.

Keep the Glass Clean.

Windshield wipers have to work twice as hard to clean a dirty windshield. Running the wipers or using an ice scraper over stuck-on dirt is a common cause of windshield scratches. A dirt-free surface will keep your wipers in excellent condition and your windshield clear. It is also easier to see small rock chips on a clean windshield than a dirty one.

Replace Old Wiper Blades.

Worn out wiper blades often fall apart in the winter, exposing the glass to the metal or plastic clips. Cold weather can stiffen and damage your wiper blades, making them more brittle. Instead of potentially damaging your blades, it’s easier to use de-icer to melt the layer of snow and ice and an ice scraper to clear your windscreen. For signs that's it time to replace your wiper blades, read our wiper blade blog.

If you need to have a broken windshield replaced, we at AutoGlass Solutions are here to help. Contact us today for a free quote.