Three Ways in Which Your Vehicle’s Rear Window Can Be Damaged
Like your vehicle’s windscreen, the rear window serves an important purpose and is not just decorative. But unlike the windscreen, the glass it made from is tempered glass, similar to what is used in all the side windows. While tougher than regular glass, it is not as tough as your vehicle’s windscreen and a hard enough blow can cause it to break into dozens of tiny fragments. Aside from car accidents, these are three common ways in which the rear window of your vehicle could be damaged.
We’re not talking unpleasant weather, like a sudden downpour or a sad, drizzly winter day. The type of bad weather that could see your car’s rear window being smashed in involves strong winds or hail. Getting caught with your car out in the open during a severe hailstorm can result in significant damage to the entire car; cracks and large bullseye chips on the windscreen, dents in the vehicle’s body, and smashed side and rear windows. But strong winds also pose a risk, with some coming from debris being blow about, but the biggest risk is from falling trees or branches. Even healthy looking trees can be damaged by strong winds, so always try to move your car under more secure shelter during a severe storm.
Flung Debris and Stones
While you are probably most used to your windscreen being hit by debris and stones flung up and back by vehicles in front on you when driving, the same can happen to your rear window, but from vehicles driving in the opposite direction. It is most likely to happen on two-lane roads with no barrier between the lanes, but the risk is always there even on multilane roads. Smaller stones and debris will generally result in a loud crack when hitting the glass, scaring you and anyone else with you, but not causing any damage. But larger stones can easily cause the glass to shatter when struck with enough force. There’s little chance of personal injury as a result, but you’re not going to be able to delay having it fixed the same way you can put off a having a chipped windscreen repaired.
Sudden Changes in Temperature
Getting into a hot car in summer – or a cold one on a freezing winter morning – is quite unpleasant but think about what the sudden change in temperature could do before blasting cold or hot air from your vehicle’s air-conditioner. Heat causes glass – whether your windscreen, side windows, or rear window – to expand, with cold causing it to contract. The change isn’t visible to the naked eye, but it happens, and it puts tremendous pressure on the glass. Cooling or heating it too rapidly can increase the pressure to breaking point, resulting in the glass cracking or shattering. Which is why it is always better to start with a low setting on the vehicle’s air-conditioner, regardless of how hot or cold it is outside, and gradually increase it. And naturally, always parking under cover helps eliminate this risk completely.
From cracked or chipped windscreens, to damaged side and rear windows, the team at Instant Windscreens are highly-skilled at repairing all types of auto glass. Give us a call today and we’ll have you safely back on the road in no time at all.