While the majority of drivers take good care of their vehicles, all too often we see consumers mistreating their car’s glass without even realizing it. While auto glass might seem impossible to break with your hands, if you do any of the following activities on a regular basis, you can weaken the integrity of the glass. Auto glass needs to be strong to protect you from flying debris and collisions, so it’s important to keep it in good repair. Read on to find out three “no-no’s” when it comes to maintain your car’s glass.
Using Household Glass Cleaner on Your Windshield
All glass cleaner is not created equal! Household glass cleaners are composed of harsh ingredients that damage your cars windows if you use them repeatedly. Many of these cleaners contain ammonia, which can deteriorate your window tint and the seal that connects your auto glass to your car. Instead, use a dedicated auto glass cleaning product that you can buy at any auto part shop. A simple of mixture of water and vinegar can also clean your cars windows without damaging them.
Turning Your Defrost on Too High
Think about when you drop an ice cube into a glass of room temperature water. The ice cube cracks and pops, this phenomenon is called differential expansion, and it occurs when a cold object suddenly comes into contact with a warmer object.
In this example, the ice cube’s outer layer warms up and expands, but the inside of the ice cube is still cold. Because of these different layers are expanding at different rates, the outer layer of the ice cube cracks.
This phenomenon is similar to what happens to your car’s glass when you use the defrost. If there is frost or snow on your windshield, the glass will be very cold, and when you quickly warm up your vehicle, the inner layer of your windshield will experience a rapid temperature change. This temperature change can exacerbate minor chips and cracks, causing them to spread or expand. Instead, turn your defrost up slowly, so your windshield can adjust to the difference in temperature.
Following Too Closely
The “three second rule,” or the idea that you should be three seconds behind the car in front of you on the highway, isn’t just for avoiding accidents. If you follow the vehicle in front of you too closely, you increase the risk of auto glass damage because you will be hit by more debris that the car in front of you kicks up. While most of this debris might be small as a pebble, it is travelling at high velocity, and can easily chip or crack the glass. If you leave enough space between your car and theirs, the debris will quickly lose speed and may even avoid hitting your car. If you don’t, you may be on the road to a windshield repair or replacement sooner than you’d like.
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