The effect of summer heat on your windshield

Damages to your car windshield can occur at any time of the year. In particular, the summer months can pose a serious threat to your windshield. The main reason for this is due to the constant fluctuation in temperature, whether it’s from the cool summer nights to the blistering summer days, or even the contrasting temperature created by the cool air from the air conditioning unit and the heat from the outside.

Here is a few points of interest that drivers should pay attention to if they want keep up the quality of the windshield and avoid any serious damage.

  • Take care of any existing cracks: The hot temperatures can cause the windshield less stable, which puts more pressure on any existing cracks or chips in the windshield. Be sure to repair any cracks in the windshield before they expand, becoming an even bigger problem.
  • Glass Expanding: Cracking or Chipping of the windshield happens more often in the summer months than any other time of the year. This is because of how the windshield expands in the heat, making the structure of the windshield more fragile within the frame. Avoid slamming the doors when entering or exiting the car, slamming of the doors will put added pressure on to the windshield causing additional cracks.
  • Running the AC on High: Running your air conditioning on high will create a temperature difference between the temperature of the interior and exterior of the windshield, this will have a negative impact on the integrity of the windshield. It is recommended that the driver should gradually increase the setting of the air conditioner instead of turning it on high immediately.

Accidents and damages to your car do happen, but there are steps that can be taken to avoid any future problems to your windshield. Taking these precautionary measures can help your windshield last longer. Contact one of our shops for more information about protect your auto glass. We have shops in Charlotte, Greensboro, and Hickory, NC.

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