Your windshield is just as important as any other truck part when it comes to road safety. You will inevitably need to replace the windshield at some point, no matter how much care you take. But in many cases, the life of your windshield can be extended with the proper precautions. As always, the better you maintain your truck, the less you’ll need to spend on repairs!
No door slamming!
Avoid slamming your doors, as this will cause excessive vibration. It sounds simple enough but is often overlooked as something that could contribute to the health of a windshield.
Any cracks in your screen can widen over time, leading to costly replacement. If you have a chip in your windshield, it is essential to pay attention to closing the doors because you may cause the crack to extend.
Avoid parking under the sun
Avoid the sun to avoid overheating your truck and prevent the heat from damaging your windshield. The longer you park your car in direct sunlight, the worse it will damage your windshield. As the mercury rises, tiny cracks may expand when there’s a measurable temperature difference on either side of the window.
If you can, try to park your car in the shade when leaving it unattended for extended periods. Not only will this help your windshield, but it will also help you avoid a stuffy and uncomfortable truck!
Change the wipers often
Wiping your windshield regularly can help keep it clean and free from rain and snow, but worn-out wipers can leave scratches on the surface. Windshield wipers have two parts, a metal body and a rubber coating.
The rubber will eventually wear out from use. If you notice that the rubber on your wiper is worn out, it’s important to replace it as soon as possible to avoid damaging your windshield.
Know your cleaning products
When cleaning your windshield, you should use products specifically designed for it. Many use an ammonia-based glass cleaner and an abrasive sponge. This mistake can damage the windshield and lead to poor driving visibility.
Combining these two behaviours can lead to streaks and scratches on the surface, which makes it more susceptible to further damage. Be sure to utilize cleaners and cloths designed to clean glass and windshields!
Get chips and cracks repaired ASAP!
If you see a chip or crack in your windshield, be careful not to ignore it. If so, it can lead to further damage. When a foreign object hits your windshield, it can cause the glass to break or chip. This can cause bubbles between the glass layers, making the windshield less effective in protecting you from the elements.
If it’s already too late to start maintaining your windshield, it must be replaced as it could lead to a failed CVIP inspection.