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How to Keep Your Windscreen Safe from Damage in the Summer

How to Keep Your Windscreen Safe from Damage in the Summer

Summer is here and so is the hot and dry weather that can negatively affect road conditions. If your windscreen has cracks or chips left over from last season that have yet to be repaired, you may be in for a bit of hassle. Instead of stressing out, take a moment to read some valuable tips from London Car Windscreen on manageable ways to protect your windscreen from the summer heat.

Summer Hazards

Summer brings along the idle days and a respite from the cold, however, there are dangers as well. Some common hazards you may face during the summer with your windscreen are:

  • Roadside debris
  • Inclement weather
  • Falling vegetation
  • Construction zones

When you place all of these factors together, it can be hard to think of ways to protect your car glass from damage. If you do happen to suffer any chips or cracks this season, we are just a phone call away.

Summer Heat & Your Windscreen

Chips and cracks can happen during every season, but when the heat hits, it’s critical to take care of repairs quickly. Higher temperatures cause the glass to expand, and this expansion can increase the severity of existing damage. You should also void slamming your trunks and doors to prevent accidental windscreen damage. Even using the air conditioner on a hot day can cause a temperature fluctuation steep enough to crack your glass.

Mind the Construction

The summertime typically offers clear and perfect weather for those seeking to complete construction work. This can cause damage to your car glass due to falling debris, building materials on the road, or gravel from truck tires. Make a point of traveling around work areas during the summer to reduce the chances of your windscreen getting damaged.

How Does Heat Affect Cracks & Chips

Heat causes the glass to expand, even if that heat source is a million miles away. When your car glass heats up, it causes a reduction in stability. This adds more pressure on any cracks or chips that are already present in your windscreen.

How to Keep Your Glass Safe in the Summer

If you want to keep your passengers safe and avoid a costly windscreen replacement in the summer, it’s important to protect your windscreen. Drive safely and avoid tailgating. By maintaining a safe distance from the car in front of you, the risk of debris hitting your glass will decrease. Driving closely also increases the chance of a rear-end collision.

Avoid Bad Weather

Your windscreen will have no problem keeping out rain, but hail and harsh winds can be detrimental. Hail chunks can cause chips, cracks or splinters in your windscreen while heavy winds can add pressure to existing damage.

Park in the Shade

Make a point to park your car in a covered garage or at least in a shaded area free of trees. This will help reduce the number of windscreen repairs you may encounter over the summer. The sun heats up the frame of your car which can cause the seal to expand. This can lead to cracks or an increase in already existing damage. Parking in the shade helps to keep the temperatures stable and the glass intact.

How We Can Help

We are always here when you need us in every season. To learn more about our comprehensive car glass repair services, give London Car Windscreen a call at 0751245 8701 today.