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Intact auto glass provides not just visual appeal to your car, there is also a safety factor that is compromised if damage occurs. Damaged glass can impact visibility and structural integrity. There are some potential occurrences to be aware of so you can stay as safe as possible on the roads and decrease the risk of damage.


Essential tips for car owners

1) Stay alert to severe weather conditions

Extreme weather conditions are common threats to auto glass. Intense heat or cold, and severe storm conditions create environmental hazards that can cause glass to break. Avoid damage by knowing what to look out for, and if you notice any cracks or chips in your car's windows, get it looked at by a professional glass shop.

  • Avoid sun damage: Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can wreak havoc on vehicles, including your windshield. Use a sunshade or park in a garage or carport to protect your glass from UV damage. Whenever possible, take cover in shaded spots as long as there are no looming tree branches.
  • Hail damage is a common threat: Auto glass is vulnerable to hail damage during hail storms. Ranging from small pebble-sized hail to baseball size, when they hit your windshield it can easily crack requiring a repair or replacement. To avoid damage stay alert to severe storm warnings and avoid driving during this time if possible.
  • Cold weather care: In extremely cold climates, avoid sudden temperature changes that can cause the glass to expand and contract. Never pour hot water on an icy windshield. Instead, use an ice scraper and start your car to let it warm up gradually. These tips to properly defrost a windshield can help avoid damage during those winter weather events.
2) Maintain good driving habits

Your driving habits significantly impact the condition of your auto glass. The roadways can be littered with rocks and small pebbles, among other debris. This debris can become airborne when it's driven over or gets stuck in other vehicles’ tires. Keep a lookout for potential hazards to avoid conditions that may cause vehicle damage.

  • Keep a safe distance from other vehicles: Be particularly cautious when near trucks carrying loose debris. Even if they take all safety measures, small pebbles can loosen during travel and cause windshield damage.
  • Avoid gravel roads: Driving on gravel or poorly maintained roads increases the risk of flying debris. If you cannot avoid driving on unpaved roads, reduce your speed to minimize potential damage and keep some space between you and other vehicles.
  • Inspect your vehicle for damage: Periodically inspect your windshield and windows for small chips or cracks. Addressing minor damages promptly can prevent them from spreading and necessitating more extensive repairs or glass replacement.
3) Be aware of your surroundings and where you park

Parking your car in a safe, covered area is one of the simplest ways to protect your auto glass. It may take a little more time to find the ideal spot where it's not vulnerable to damage, but avoiding unnecessary risk to your auto glass will go a long way to keep it intact. The following tips will help you to know what areas to avoid,

  • Avoid parking under trees: Parking under trees can seem harmless. Initially, these spots might look like good cover to keep your car cool in the shade on sunny days, but it's best to avoid these areas. Vehicles parked under trees are subjected to bird droppings, sap, and other debris which can cause scratches, cracks, or chips in your windshield.
  • Choose secure spots: Opt for parking spots away from high-traffic areas. Vehicles are vulnerable to damage, especially in crowded parking lots or around other vehicles.
  • Utilize garage parking if available: Whenever possible, park in a garage or under a carport to protect your vehicle from the elements. Be especially vigilant when near any area where there could be airborne objects, such as golf balls or around baseball parks. Park a good distance from where the ball could be sent out of the field into adjacent parking lots

No matter where you park, your auto glass can be affected by residue that accumulates on your windshield. If there is noticeable sticky gunk on auto glass, these expert removal tips can help. Having an unobstructed view is a crucial component for remaining as safe as possible during travel.

Professional auto glass service and quality products

Maintaining the integrity of your auto glass is essential for safe driving and the overall longevity of your vehicle. By following these tips you can significantly reduce the risk of damage to your auto glass. We realize even the most careful car owners can have mishaps and we are here to help.

Smiley’s Auto Glass uses only quality products and provides top-notch service. We are family-owned and take pride in the positive feedback from our many satisfied customers. Our convenient mobile service makes getting a repair or replacement a breeze. Get your glass fixed or replaced as soon as you notice there is damage. Contact us at (804) 320-7172 or fill out a quote form to get started.

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