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How to Increase the Lifespan of Your Car’s Windows

Modern car windows are designed to last for decades, but they aren’t impervious to damage. Chips, cracks, and discoloration can happen in the blink of an eye, and those are a few issues that you should try to avoid at all costs. Here are some simple tricks and tips that you can use to increase to the lifespan of your vehicle’s windows.

Keep Plenty of Distance between Your Car and Other Vehicles

When you are driving at freeway speeds, even a small pebble can do an incredible amount of damage to your windows, and that is why you need to keep plenty of distance between your car and other vehicles. If you happen to notice a chip or crack, then you must immediately contact a local auto glass company to have the windshield repaired or replaced. You will also need to contact your insurance company to see if they cover window damage.

Be Wary of Extreme Temperature Changes

Even though modern auto glass is incredibly durable, extreme temperatures can still be problematic. Prolonged exposure to UV rays will destroy the protective film on the outside of the glass, and that might lead to a hazy appearance. You must also take care when you are defrosting the windows after a cold night. Scrubbing the windows with water and an ice scraper is a great way to remove frost, but that water must be lukewarm.

Repair Chips and Cracks Right Away

As a general rule, you should always repair minor chips and cracks as quickly as possible. When that type of damage isn’t repaired early on, the cracks are going to spread, and there may come a point when you need to replace the glass entirely. Smaller chips and cracks can usually be repaired with a clear resin that looks just like the rest of the windshield.

Avoid Using Chemical-Based Cleaning Products

Many drivers make the mistake of cleaning their auto glass with household cleaning products that contain ammonia. While those products are perfect for your home’s windows, they can damage the rubber seals and gaskets around auto glass. One of the best ways to clean auto glass is to wipe it down with a mixture of white vinegar and water.

If your vehicle’s windows appear to be damaged, then you need to take action immediately. In many cases, minor damage can easily be fixed as long as it is addressed early on, and that could save you quite a bit of money.

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