Caring For Your Auto Glass in the Heat

May 19, 2022, 08:58 AM by Julie Wax

Windshield summer heat damageNow that the harsh, cold winter months are behind, it would seem your windshield would be able to withstand the weather, right? Unfortunately, that’s not true. Hot weather can actually cause chips and cracks in your windshield, and it’s more important than ever to have these fixed before they have a chance to become worse and even more dangerous as you plan those summer road trips. 

Here are some quick facts about hot weather and your windshield - and how you can take care of it:

  1. Humidity/moisture weaken glass. Because a windshield is composed of two pieces of glass, moisture can become trapped in between them if a small crack develops. Even going through a car wash can make this happen! When this moisture expands, so do those cracks. That’s why it’s especially important during the warmer months of spring and summer to get chips and cracks fixed immediately.

  2. As the sun hits harder, glass expands. It’s about to really heat up, and because the temperature inside your car can reach extreme temperatures compared to outside the car, this can make chips and cracks worse. Tip: You should always try to park in the shade - or even a parking garage - to avoid extra damage. 

  3. Choose your roads wisely. Many Arkansas back roads are unpaved and/or bumpy and the extra stress of driving on this terrain, or even a speed bump or two, can cause cracks or chips to worsen. Tip: Avoid slamming your brakes and rushing over those speed bumps and be extra-careful when you’re driving to hike or put a boat in the water somewhere. 

  4. Repair quickly. Hopefully, your windshield is free of cracks, but no matter how small the chip or crack, it’s always best to get your glass repaired or replaced as soon as possible, especially in the warm weather. Quick repairs are the easiest way to care for your auto glass. 

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