We have all been there – you are driving along happily when the vehicle in front of you kicks up a little pebble, right at your windshield. Because it leaves just a small chip that’s not in your line of vision, you put off getting it fixed. But did you know that just a small chip can quickly become a major issue?
In a winter like the very cold one we just had, the freezing temperatures can make those little nicks in your windshield much worse. As the ice on your windshield melts, water can drip into any cracks, where it will refreeze and expand. Now the ¼ inch crack caused by a stray pebble has become several inches long. Heat has a similar affect, and can weaken an entire windshield that has just minor damages.
This is why it’s important to take quick action to repair even the smallest nicks or cracks in your windshield. These repairs can often be performed fairly quickly, and are considerably cheaper than having to replace the entire windshield. If you can’t get a fix immediately, take precautions to prevent the crack from spreading. Keep your windshield clean and free of any dirt that will collect in the nicks. Consider putting a small piece of clear tape over the damaged spot to protect it from the elements. And get it in for a fix as soon as possible. But if your windshield wiper blades are in poor condition, you might end up right back at the shop for another repair!
Could your Wiper Blades be to blame?
If your windshield wiper blades are deteriorated, the chance of further and repeat damage to your windshield is high. Running even good performing wiper blades over a dirty surface can cause scratches. If your wiper blades are worn out, they can expose your windshield to metal and you could be faced with deep scratches that will require a full replacement. And this goes both ways – a damaged windshield can speed up the deterioration of your wiper blades, as a rough surface causes nicks in the squeegee.
You can extend the lifespan of your windshield and wiper blades by keeping both clean. Remember to do a thorough clean of the windshield when you fill up your gas tank and wipe each squeegee to remove dirt and built up oil. However, even a well maintained wiper blade will eventually need to be replaced, and if you put this off, you are risking damage to your windshield. Be proactive and don’t wait until your wiper blades aren’t working or are scratching up your windshield!
Reduce the risk to your windshield by choosing a durable silicone wiper blade, like Everblades Heated Wiper Blades. A heated wiper blade offers the added benefit of preventing you from nicking the windshield while trying to knock off ice and snow. Going with a quality wiper blade means that you can spend less time fixing your windshield and more time driving. Good for your windshield, good for your visibility, good for your pocketbook!