Sep 5, 2016, 10:36 AM
Discount Auto Glass
We have had unusually high amounts of rain for the month of August. And, while rain is not something we usually take great precautions against, it is likely that your windshield could have taken a beating this past month. Here are a few precautions from the Discount Auto Glass team that you can take when protecting your windshield against rain:
Make sure your windshield wipers are in good condition – Take a look at your car’s windshield wipers and make sure they are working. If they are getting old and you can see cracks and tears in the rubber, they could scratch the glass when you use them. If you are using torn windshield wipers during rain you could unknowingly be destroying your windshield.
Check out your wipers after you drive in a storm or heavy rain. While wipers typically last six months to a year, you will want to replace them more frequently if you notice cracks and tears. Keeping your wipers in good working condition could save your windshield over time. You can find the exact size wiper blades you will need for your vehicle in your vehicle’s owners manual. Our team of experts at Discount Auto Glass can also help you determine which wipers are best for your vehicle.
Keep your windshield glass clean and invest in a rain repellent – Keeping your windshield clean and using a rain repellent can affect how hard your windshield wipers work and can prevent them from quick wear and tear, which ultimately saves you from windshield damage.
After cleaning your windshield, apply a rain repellent (this can usually be found at your local automotive or box store). The rain repellent can both help with visibility while driving in the rain and helps your windshield to not have to run at full speed, which reduces friction on your glass that could worsen any pre-existing damage. It does this by adding a beading element to the glass, so when rain hits your windshield it will bead and quickly fall away. It also prevents streaking, which is very important to visibility when driving in unfavorable conditions.
Be careful where you park – This one may seem pretty obvious, but check your surroundings when parking during a storm. Avoid parking under trees where branches could fall and cause damage to your vehicle. Also avoid parking near vehicles with obvious debris or tools in the back that could be picked up with wind and potentially crash into your vehicle. When possible, choose covered parking.
Taking these precautions during rain can save you time and money when it comes to windshield repair in the future. If the recent rainfall took its toll on your windshield, we are here to help! We have eight locations around Arkansas and one in Missouri for your convenience. Give us a call at (501) 377-9575 or use our online form to get a quote today! We are also available for travel to your location if you cannot find the time to come to us at no extra cost!