As the weather gets nicer and more vehicles hit the road, Avenue Auto Glass wants to take a minute to remind drivers about the importance of maintaining a strong windshield. You can protect yourself on the road and avoid costly windshield replacement over time with some extra effort.
“Your windshield protects you and your passengers from potentially harmful and even deadly road debris,” Avenue Auto Glass owners remind local drivers. “While your car’s windshield is durable, it’s far from indestructible. Even a small crack can quickly progress to significant damage that impairs your driving abilities. Quick and effective repairs are crucial to avoid damage that could be prevented with our windshield protection tips.”
Here’s how the experts at Avenue Auto Glass say you can prevent Vancouver auto glass damage this summer.
Remember These Quick and Easy Tips to Prevent Vancouver Auto Glass Damage
Here are some best practices to avoid auto glass damage this summer:
- Replace Your Wipers Often
As you probably know, windshield wipers wear out and become less effective. Eventually, broken-down windshield wipers place unnecessary pressure on various parts of your windshield, causing windshield cracks. This causes this crucial piece of auto equipment to lose its ability to wipe away water and debris. Wipers are relatively inexpensive and can be replaced, so stay on top of this easy-to-fix issue.
- Avoid Using Harsh Chemicals
Although most windshield cleaning products on the market claim to be a fix-all for many common problems, they can actually do more harm than good. Those that contain harsh chemicals can cause discoloration and even start stripping away the protective coating on your glass. Since this coating enhances your windshield’s strength, compromising the protective film is a bad idea. Stick to automaker-approved cleaning products to avoid this unnecessary risk. You can even ask a Vancouver auto glass damage repair company for recommendations.
- Be Mindful of the Weather
Of course, you can’t change the weather. Still, drastic temperature fluctuations cause your auto glass to expand and contract. The constant wear and tear on your windshield can weaken your glass. Consider limiting direct exposure if temperatures get really high in your area. Park in the shade, use a windshield protector or explore other options to protect your windshield from unnecessary sun exposure.
- Invest in Protective Coating
Hydrophobic coatings fortify and protect your auto glass on a molecular level. This adds an extra protection layer for unexpected damage. It can even prevent chips and cracks from projectiles and other road debris. A hydrophobic coating can bring significant returns and protect your vehicle long-term. Contact a Vancouver auto glass damage repair shop to discuss your options.
- Don’t Drive with Cracks or Chips in Your Windshield
There’s nothing worse than driving down the highway and hearing a pebble crack your windshield. Although you might not notice visible damage initially, even the most minor chips can escalate quickly. The longer you drive with a compromised windshield, the more you risk further damage. Letting minor cracks or chips go without repairs for a significant time may require total windshield replacement. Call your local auto repair shop at the first sign of a problem. Don’t wait.
Follow These Safe Driving Tips to Avoid Auto Glass Damage
Here are some other road tips to help you prevent damage while driving:
- Stay away from large trucks and vehicles when possible. They can drag rocks and other debris that can damage your vehicle’s windshield. Construction trucks carrying asphalt and other materials can also send off projectiles that crack your windshield.
- Avoid driving in extreme weather conditions when possible, such as hail or heavy rain.
- Use the proper high-beam headlights when driving at night to improve visibility.
- Keep a safe following distance from others to give you enough time to react to obstacles on the road.
- Avoid driving too close to the road’s edges, where objects can fly up and hit your windshield.
Avenue Auto Glass Is Available for All Local Vancouver Auto Glass Damage Repairs and Replacements
Following the tips above can help protect your windshield and ensure your safety on the road. As a trusted auto glass repair shop with decades of service in the industry, Avenue Auto Glass offers local drivers an affordable and convenient way to fix windshield damage.
As a 2023 Consumer Choice Award recipient and ICBC Glass Express facility, there are several advantages to calling Avenue Auto Glass for your repair and replacement needs. Conveniently located at 636 Clark Drive, Vancouver, BC, the store is open weekdays from 7:30 AM- 5:00 PM, Saturdays from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM, and Sundays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM by appointment only. Email [email protected] or call (604) 877-1177 for more information.