Windscreen are tough, durable, and important. But they don’t last forever. Inevitably, at some point, you will need a windscreen replacement. So what can you do to make it last? As tough as your windscreen is, it needs a little bit of care from time to time. Doing so will improve your own safety too; stronger, clearer, and undamaged windscreens are one of the most underrated safety features of any car! And here are our tips for keeping them that way.
Keep some protective stickers in your car to protect your windscreen if you get a stone chip
There’s not a lot you can do to prevent stone chips outright. But when you do get one, there are some things you can do to prevent it from getting worse. Probably the best option is a protective sticker. You can get little protective stickers for your windscreen from a windscreen specialist. Think of these stickers as little glass band aids. They go straight over the chip, and provide it with support. This will lessen the effects of future impact on your windscreen and, hopefully, stop the chip from getting worse before you see a specialist to repair it.
To protect your windscreen, keep it clean: that way you can see minor damage and take action
As they say, prevention is better than a cure. But it’s hard to prevent damage you can’t see. That’s why keeping your windscreen clean is important. Often, windscreen damage takes the form of tiny surface scratches, or cracks that are invisible from certain angles. Even a thin coat of dust on your windscreen will make spotting them that little bit harder. With a clean windscreen, though, you’ll be able to see any imperfections and take action to address them.
Protect your windscreen against scratching by replacing your wiper blades frequently
What exactly causes those little tiny scratches though? Often, it’s old wiper blades. We rarely think about our windscreen wipers until it’s raining. But when it does, it’s important that your wiper blades are soft, rigid, and free of abrasive debris. Try and rinse them off as often as you can, to stop grit and dust gathering along the blade. This acts as sandpaper, effectively, and scratches your windscreen. So too, does the metal beneath the wiper blade. If that is exposed, the damage can be quite serious. Keep an eye on your wiper blades, and replace them when necessary; that is a great way to protect your windscreen.
Protect your windscreen from cracks by maintaining a safe distance from the car in front
We mentioned earlier that stone chips are basically inevitable. And while this is true to an extent, there are some things you can do to prevent them. Probably the most effective of these is maintaining a safe distance from the car in front of you. This is particularly important on the highway, where loose rocks and high speeds combine to make a haven for stone chips. A safe distance makes all the difference when it comes to protecting your windscreen!
Finally, always get your windscreen replaced by experts, to protect against low quality installation
Finally, it’s easier to protect your windscreen when it’s been installed correctly. Poorly installed windscreens are impossible to protect, and are themselves a safety risk. Always do your research before you choose an expert to replace your windscreen. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the process as well. It might sound simple, but each step requires extensive knowledge, experience, and the right tools. Remember, your windscreen is the only thing standing between you and the open air of the highway. So it’s well worth taking the steps to protect your windscreen!
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