4 Simple Ways to Protect Your Windscreen
Your vehicle’s windscreen is subjected to an incredible amount of stress each time you drive, and sometimes even when your car is parked. While you might be reminded of this whenever a stray bit of debris happens to hit your windscreen, most of the stress your vehicle’s windscreen endures isn’t visible, though it all contributes to wear, tear, and eventually damage to the windscreen. And most of this stress is unavoidable, though there are a few simple steps you can take to protect your windscreen against some damage.
Stick to the Recommended Following Distance
A general rule of thumb for maintaining a safe following distance when driving is for there to be a two to three second space between you and the vehicle in front of you. This, however, is most applicable in favourable driving conditions, with the condition of the road, the weather, and other factors all influencing whether that is sufficient distance or not. The reason for this rule is primarily to reduce the risk of a rear-end collision if the vehicle in front of you suddenly stops or slows down, but it can also reduce the risk of damage to your windscreen caused by any debris being picked up and flung back by the other vehicle’s tyres.
Don’t Slam Vehicle Doors
Slamming car doors doesn’t only cause a sudden change in air-pressure inside your car, it also causes vibrations. The vibrations and the force of the impact of the closing door can cause minute fractures in all the vehicle’s windows – not just the windscreen – weakening them and making them more prone to sudden breaks. And the sudden change in air-pressure exerts strain on the seals around the windscreen and other auto glass, again making the glass susceptible to unexpected breaks, but it could also cause side windows to become misaligned in their tracks, making them difficult to open or close.
Exercise Restraint With the Air-Conditioner
Whether you use the air-conditioner in your vehicle to cool the interior down on a hot day, or warm it up on colder days, it is always wiser to lower or raise the temperature gradually, and also ensure that no vents are blasting hot or cold air directly onto your windscreen or other windows. When parking your car outdoors the environmental temperature can cause auto glass to either expand or contract, and when you then suddenly expose the glass to a different temperature by turning the air-conditioner up high, the stress can cause cracks to appear, or the glass to even shatter with little warning. Adjusting the temperature gradually means being a little uncomfortable for longer but can save you the expense of having to replace your windscreen or other auto glass.
Remember Your Windscreen Wipers
If you are fortunate to seldom find yourself driving in the rain, you could easily forget the important role windscreen wipers play in keeping you safe. But, like most things, windscreen wipers aren’t immune to decay, and the less frequently you use them, the less aware you will be of any deterioration in the wipers. The most notable failing of worn-out windscreen wipers would be the inability to clear the windscreen of rain, but they could also scratch the glass of the windscreen, eventually forcing you to replace the windscreen, at considerably more expense than simply replacing the wipers.