A cracked or chipped windshield is always a reason to act fast. Any windshield damage, no matter how small or how far from your line of sight, will compromise your vehicle's structural integrity. Only intact windshields will sustain serious force without cracking or shattering completely, so even if a chip is tiny, it may decrease your safety. However, the summer heat acts as a catalyst to windshield damage, so it's especially important to pay attention this time of year.
At Glass Doctor® of Calgary, we know that summer's warmth is always welcome in our neck of the woods. We also know what it does to auto glass, especially glass that's already chipped or cracked. Fortunately, there are some precautions that will maximize your windshield care this summer. Whether your windshield is chipped, cracked or fully intact, your summer safety depends on the following five windshield care guidelines:
1. Act fast
If you notice a hairline fracture, you should only consider one option: schedule your windshield crack repair as soon as possible. We always do our best to accommodate same-day repairs, and our glass specialists are trained to complete them in less than 15-20 minutes on average.
2. Be a picky parker
With all your windows rolled up, direct sunlight will quickly increase cabin pressure and expand existing cracks or chips. Park in a garage if possible; if not, find a shaded area and use a protective cover or visor. Also, crack a window to reduce cabin pressure buildup.
3. Don't slam doors
Close your doors very gently. Temperature and pressure changes are the biggest risks this summer, and when you slam a door shut, the sudden change may worsen existing damage.
4. Beware of afternoon car washes
It's always a good idea to wash your car before or after the sun's hottest hours. Damage will spread if you splash water on a piping hot windshield, so give it some time to cool gradually. If you must wash your car during the middle of the day, do it in a shaded place.
5. Reduce your use of A/C
If your windshield is damaged at all, don't blast the air conditioning until it's repaired. This creates opposing temperatures and may cause irreparable harm to the glass.
Call us at 403-366-1276 to schedule your windshield crack repair today or click here to schedule an online appointment.