The dead of winter is arguably the least fun time of year. What’s less fun is being stuck with frost, icy precipitation and the need for an extra 10 to 15 minutes in the morning to prep for your drive to work. Whether it’s waiting for your car to warm up, or cranking up the defrost button to melt that ice on the windshield, it’s going to take a bit longer before you’re ready to hit the road most mornings.
Since not everyone has the luxury of a garage or carport to protect their car from the elements, we have a few tips that can protect your car from what’s in store this winter and make your commute to work just a little bit quicker.
Invest in de-icing spray. Not only is this an inexpensive miracle product, it keeps you from having to spend those precious minutes in the morning scraping away at your windshield. De-icer speeds up the process, and doesn’t require heat. If you spray the de-icer on the windshield, combine that with an ice scraper, the frost will be gone in just a few seconds. It’s an inexpensive way to the process of getting out the door on cold, winter mornings.
Fix windshield cracks before they spread. This is our area of expertise here at Discount Auto Glass. What’s the secret to keeping those cracks from spreading across your entire windshield? Fix them early! Cold temperatures cause chips and small cracks to spread. A bigger or longer crack requires much more attention and, ultimately, a higher bill. With our technique, we can repair chips in your windshield by sealing the crack before it has time to spread.
Don’t use homemade remedies to melt ice on your car. Though pouring boiling water on an icy windshield might seem like an easy, quick fix – DON’T DO IT! This is not a good idea at all. If there’s even a hint of a crack in your windshield, the heat of the water will cause the molecules in the glass to expand, while the cold air outside causes it to shrink and this will cause those cracks to expand.
Remove road salt as soon as possible. Even though salt on the roads is essential to keeping them clear during winter weather, it can make your car pretty gross. If it’s not removed quickly, the sale makes its way into your car’s paint causing some annoying problems. The salt can damage your car’s paint; so the sooner you get a car wash, the better. It’s recommended to remove the salt within three days after you see residue on your car’s exterior. If a car wash doesn’t remove all the stains, you can remove remaining stains at home with a garden hose.
Road safety is always our top concern and should be yours as well. If it’s time to update your windshield, come see our expert installers at Discount Auto Glass to find the best solution to your glass needs. Our team of glass specialists offer the best warranty and guarantee superior workmanship and professionalism. Get a quote or find your nearest location and stop by to see us today!