Finding a crack or chip in your car’s windshield is all kinds of frustrating. At Speers Auto Glass, we aim to be the number one choice for windshield repair in the Burlington area. A crack or chip can occur any time of the year. There are several factors that can result in your windshield to become damaged. Some of these include weather conditions, vandalism, and road conditions. Keep reading to find out the most common reasons your windshield becoming damaged in each of Canada’s four seasons.
During the hot Burlington summers, your car will be subject to scorching heat; the sun and hotter temperatures can actually cause any cracks or chips in your windshield to expand. Cranking up the A/C can increase the chances of cracks becoming larger because the contrasting temperatures inside and outside the car can put stress on the glass. If you spot a chip or a crack in your windshield, it is essential that you get it repaired right away to prevent a bigger and more expensive problem later on. It’s best to park in a cooler areas, such as a garage, so that your vehicle can avoid the hotter temperatures. You should also keep the windows slightly opened, as extreme heat inside and outside the car can cause pressure, which can also increase the chances of cracks spreading. If you really want to have the A/C on, avoid blasting the it the moment you get into the car. Instead, gradually introduce cold air so the sudden change of temperature doesn’t jeopardize your windshield.
With the changing colours of leaves, fall is definitely a beautiful season, but it can also be a dangerous one for your vehicle’s auto glass. Not only are leaves falling, but so are sticks, branches, nuts, and seeds. While this likely won’t affect a windshield with no damage, if you have a crack or a chip in your auto glass, the impact from a falling branch can easily cause it to spread. If possible, park your car away from trees during autumn if you have a crack in your windshield, at least until you have time to get it fixed.
Winters in Canada can be harsh, and the weather conditions are your windshield’s worst nightmare. Not only do intense weather conditions like snowstorms make it more difficult to drive, but the extreme cold and falling icicles are all hazards to be aware of. Icy roads increase chances of crashes, and crashes lead to broken or damaged windshields. Be aware when driving on icy and wet roads, and try to avoid driving during blizzards when visibility is low. Also, when warming your car up, be careful not to blast the heat; just like in the summer, the extreme contrasting temperatures can cause cracks and chips in your windshield to expand, putting you at risk. You should avoid parking directly under the edges of roofs, where icicles and other falling debris have easy access to your car’s windshield.
Spring in Canada is infamous for changing weather patterns. One day it’s raining and the next you’re back to a snowstorm. Shifts in temperature and harsh storms that seem to come out of nowhere can all wreak havoc on your car’s auto glass. Again, avoid driving during storms to reduce the chances of an accident, park in areas that are a good distance away from where falling debris can fall on your car, and watch out for wet roads as they are extra slippery.