Since Arizona is a pretty big state and has a lot of desert climate with hot summers, it’s important to know how to properly prepare your windshield for the coming seasons.
It’s well known, that rapid changes in temperature can seriously impact your car’s windshield integrity since it rapidly expands and contracts which can result in cracks or other forms of damage. So let’s take a closer look on how to can protect your windshield this Spring and Summer.
Protecting your windshield during spring
With the winter slowly gone, Spring brings another set of dangers to your car and windshield. If you live in an area that had some frost this winter and the road was covered with cinders be careful when driving. Cinders can be easily kicked up by the car in front of you and straight to your windshield, causing chips and minor cracks. These cracks can eventually expand over time and cause more problems.
Furthermore, in spring, flowers start to bloom and pollinate and birds and animal become more active. Pollen of some flowers can stick to your windshield pretty easily and it could be hard to remove. Oh, and let’s not forget the droppings that birds leave behind. You may not know, but bird droppings are rich in Ammonia which is quite acidotic and the more you leave it on your windshield, the more damage it causes. So we recommend that:
- You park your car in a garage (if you have one available)
- If you don’t have a garage, don’t park beneath a tree
- Make sure that you regularly clean and wash your windshield and
- When washing your windshield, use tools and products specifically for this purpose
Summer windshield protection
Summers in Peoria, AZ can get pretty hot. No one likes the scorching summer heat.
During those hot summer days, your car’s windshield is burnt but the heat and intense sun exposure. It can get really hot, especially if you don’t leave it in a shade.
It’s natural that you would like to crank up the AC when you get inside your car. But be aware. The cold air coming from the AC goes directly onto your burning hot windshield. The rapid changes of temperatures are causing rapid contraction of your windshield, which can eventually crack. It might not be a big crack, but it still counts.
If the rapid changes in temperature are frequent, the small crack will become bigger and bigger further compromising your windshield’s structural integrity. Aside from the temperature, dirt and gravel can also fill in the crack and do further damage.
So as soon as you notice a crack on your windshield, stop by at Auto Glass Express in Peoria and let our technicians take a look. It will most likely be a simple repair.
So how to protect your windshield in the summer? Well first of all, try to keep your car parked in shade, that will minimize the exposure to heat and sunlight. Secondly, when you get into your car, instead of turning on the AC all the way up, do it gradually and also crack open your car’s windows. When driving the hot air from the car will be ‘sucked’ out and when you gradually increase the intensity of your AC, the windshield will have enough time to adjust.