How to Protect Your Windshield in Cold Weather

Oversleeping in the morning is bad enough, but when you get to your car and realize your windshield is frozen over from the night’s snow, sleet, or ice, your morning could easily take a turn for the worse. There are many ways to prevent this from happening, and there are safe alternatives to solving this issue if your windshield is already frozen over.

Keep your windshield ice-free

Keep an eye on your local forecast. Watch for any chance of precipitation when temperatures are predicted to be below freezing. Before going to sleep for the night, either pull your car into a garage or carport if available or use a tarp. Tarps are sold by many popular retailers and, in essence, take the blow for your windshield. Many of these tarps close into the front seat doors to prevent the wind from blowing it off or strangers from stealing it. Sliding the tarp off of your car in the morning is a lot easier than scraping your windshield for twenty minutes. However, if scraping your windshield is your only option, you must be patient. Use a proper ice scraper and/or snow brush to slowly and carefully remove the frozen precipitation from your windshield.   

What not to do

When you’re in a time crunch, scraping just a small portion of your windshield can be tempting. However, this is very dangerous and you should always scrape the entire windshield. Potentially being late for work is a lot better than risking your life because you couldn’t see the car approaching while turning onto the highway. Also, never pour warm water on a windshield to speed up the defrosting process. Pouring hot liquid onto a frozen windshield could cause serious cracking and shattering of the windshield. Our advice? Be smart, and be patient.

Keep an eye on old chips and cracks

If your windshield has any minor damage like a chip or crack from a rock, it is important that you take care of that before the weather turns cold. These chips and cracks, although small, can cause a significant issue in the freezing temperatures by cracking more or even shattering the windshield. 

Let the professionals help

At Auto Glass of America, we provide rock chip repairs services to help you prepare for the chilly temperatures. Contact your local Auto Glass of America, Tennessee’s premier glass replacement and repair company, to schedule your appointment today! 

 

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