So you’ve just got a new windscreen put in. It’s tough, shiny, and ready for anything. But how can you give it that extra edge of protection? Windscreen care is an ongoing process. It’s about knowing the tips and tricks to protect your windscreen and putting them into effect. Luckily, we’ve got a few handy tips and tricks for new windscreens. So let’s take a look at some of the best ways to keep your windscreen in perfect condition.
Maintain a safe distance when you’re driving – that tip protects your windscreen from stone chips
Maintaining a safe distance on the road is something everyone should do as a matter of practice. It leaves you with plenty of stopping time and lessens the likelihood of a serious accident. However, there’s an added bonus to maintaining a safe distance: it protects your windscreen. By far the biggest cause of windscreen damage is stone chips. Stone chips occur most frequently on the highway, due to the high speeds involved.
Stone can be flicked into your windscreen either by vehicles passing you, or vehicles in front of you. Most often, though, it’s vehicles in front. So if you keep your distance from those vehicles, you can reduce the chance of a rock being thrown into your windscreen. And what better way to protect it than that?
Try to avoid parking under trees
In summer especially, trees offer that lifesaving shade. The temptation is all too real to park under any tree you can find. But there’s a trade-off. Trees drop branches pretty frequently. Sometimes, they’re hardly more than sticks. But other times, they’re large, heavy, and capable of damaging your windscreen beyond repair. As far as we’re concerned, the risk is too high. That’s why we always suggest avoiding under-tree car parks if possible. It’s better, and far safer to opt for the nearest undercover car park, or even take your chances with the sun.
Check the weather before driving to protect your windscreen from hail
Speaking of summer, it’s widely regarded as storm season in the southeast. And not just any storms: hail storms. Hail storms are a car’s worst nightmare. Specifically, they’re a windscreen’s worst nightmare. Getting caught out in a serious hailstorm is frightening, dangerous, and very bad news for your windscreen. The simple habit of checking the weather before you hit the road in summer can save you a great deal of heartache. So give it a go – it only takes a second, and it’s a great tip to protect your new windscreen from damage.
Patch up any chips straight away – that’s our most useful tip for protecting your windscreen from damage
If your windscreen has already succumbed to damage, don’t worry – it’s not over yet! It’s time to go into damage control mode, and that means an immediate trip to the windscreen experts. Getting a crack or chip repaired right away is the best way to ensure that the damage doesn’t worsen. In that regard, it’s one of the most effective tips and tricks for protecting your windscreen from damage.
Be aware of extra cold days – here’s how that trick can help you protect your windscreen
Coming into winter, there’s a hidden enemy of the damaged windscreen: cold! Seriously cold days can cause your windscreen to contract significantly. You won’t see it, but it’s the same of all materials: cold = contraction. That’s not bad in its own right. But as soon as there’s sudden warming, your windscreen will expand again. That can cause existing cracks to worsen. That’s why it’s so important to listen to the experts, and learn as many tips and tricks as you can to protect your new windscreen.
Do you need a new windscreen? Get in touch with the experts at Windscreen World today on 1800 008 977.