Prioritize Windscreen Maintenance This Fall
Your vehicle’s windscreen is one of your primary lines of defense as you drive. It not only serves as a protective shield from the weather during your trip, but it simultaneously allows you to remain aware of any threats in your line of vision as well. In addition, your windscreen helps to stabilize your vehicle’s frame and provides an additional source of protection in the event of an accident. As the temperatures begin to decline in San Diego, there are several hazards you may face on the road. Refer to the following windscreen protection pointers to ensure your safety and that of your passengers this season.
Have Your Windscreen and Wipers Cleaned
Having your wipers and windscreen cleaned regularly will provide you with a clear line of vision as you drive. Always refrain from using cleaning products that have acids or ammonia, because they can erode the wipers or ruin the tint on your car’s glass. Double check your windscreen for cracks and your wipers for signs of wear and tear.
Reduce the Risk of Windscreen Damage
Although some hazards are unavoidable, there are some ways you can reduce the risk of damaging your windscreen. Avoid driving too close to cars in front of you, so that any materials that swoop up from their tires don’t end up hitting your windscreen. Refrain from driving behind commercial loading trucks, as their powerful tires often kick up rocks and debris that can damage your windscreen.
Temperature changes can place unnecessary strain on your windscreen. For example, if the weather is warm but your car’s interior is cold, the glass can have a difficult time dealing with the change. The same thing happens when the weather is cold, and your car’s interior is warm. This pressure can reduce the strength of a windscreen that has existing cracks and can cause the seals around the windscreen to become loose. To mediate this strain, wait a few minutes before you turn on the heat when driving this fall. This will provide the glass with a period to adjust, which will decrease the stress placed on the frame overall.