4 ways to weather the storms
Here are four ways you can protect your auto glass. Each of the tips below can go a long way in preventing damage to your windshield during extreme weather conditions.
- Inspect your windshield for chips or cracks
Chips and cracks should be professionally repaired immediately.
- Have your windshield professionally treated with a rain repellent
This will help your visibility stay high, no matter how heavy the rain or snow might get.
- Install newer, stronger wiper blades
This simple step may go a long way in helping you avoid low visibility during downpours.
- Use an antifrost or defogging product
If you are not familiar with how to apply these products, just ask our auto glass professionals.
Call us at 604-255-6383 today.
Part of safe driving is knowing what you need to clean the inside of your windshield and how to do it effectively, so you won’t have to drive around with a streaky, hazy film that can affect your ability to see the road –especially at night and in direct sunlight.
Follow these steps to effectively clean the inside of your windshield:
1) Make your own cleaning solution using one cup of white vinegar and one cup of water. You can adjust the amounts as needed as long as you use equal amounts of both.
2) Pour the solution into a spray bottle and shake well.
3) Spray liberally and wipe down the glass with a clean, dry microfiber cloth.
As the cloth gets damp and dirty, flip it over to ensure optimal results. Follow up by wiping dry with a paper towel.Your homemade cleaning solution won’t leave streaks and the vinegar odor will dissipate in moments.
Presto! Crystal clear glass for just pennies –and a little bit of elbow grease.
For the most part, those of us living in Southwestern British Columbia enjoy relatively moderate winters.
However there are times when temperatures can dip into the minuses and sometimes this can catch us off guard when it comes to the care and attention we pay to the glass we take for granted in our vehicles.
You might not notice the tiny chips that mar your windshield surface –until external temperatures drop below zero and a barely visible chip suddenly develops into a crack. You can aggravate the situation by defrosting your windshield too rapidly or by pouring hot water on it.
The problem is caused by the metal frame of the car expanding and contracting (due to temperature extremes) at a different rate than the windshield glass. This causes additional stress on the glass in cold weather, particularly at the pointed ends of a crack, resulting in serous risk of further separation.
Have existing chips fixed before winter. Do not turn the car’s windshield defogger to maximum heat as soon as you come out of your garage; rather, warm it gradually to minimize temperature differences on freezing days.
To remove windshield ice and snow, you must have a mind for safety. The added stress on your windshield from freezing temperatures can lead to disaster if you are not careful.
Before you get into your car, check to make sure no ice or snow is blocking your tailpipe. A blocked tailpipe could cause a build-up of deadly carbon monoxide in your car. Even if you think it won’t take long, take the time to check the tailpipe and prevent the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning in your vehicle.
- Cold glass is under stress; applying heat too quickly causes more stress. Start your car and set the defrost and the fan to “low” to prevent the windshield from heating up too quickly.
- Allow at least 5 minutes for the windshield to slowly heat up.
- Use a plastic ice scraper and a soft brush to clear the ice and snow off of your windshield. If you allow plenty of time for your windshield to warm up, a scraper and brush should be sufficient.
- Use a left-to-right sweeping motion to remove melted ice snow.
- Make sure you use the edge of the scraper which is designed to remove ice and snow from glass surfaces. Use of other edges of the scraper could scratch or crack the windshield.
- Be careful if you find you need to chip ice from the windshield. Excessive force can damage the windshield’s integrity and cause cracks or breaks.