When winter spreads a chill over the landscape, drivers in cooler climates must deal with snow-covered roads and icy windshields. Without taking the proper steps to remove ice from your auto glass, you may wind up with cracks and shattered glass that needs repair, but if you follow these easy-to-remember pointers, you can avoid harming your windshield and car windows:
- Run Your Defroster
De-icing a windshield in a hurry by scraping at it isn’t recommended if you want to maintain good-looking and structurally sound glass. Instead of applying elbow grease, use your defroster and wait for your windshield to slowly warm. When the air heats the windshield, it will melt the bottom layer of ice and help it slide it off of the glass.
- Use a Plastic Brush
Most hardware stores and grocery markets in the northwest carry de-icing sticks that come with a combination broom and scraper. These are a much better option than anything metal, which can scratch glass and leave permanent divots. If you plan on scraping off the ice from your windshield this winter, be sure to do so with a plastic tool.
- Cover Your Vehicle
In order to avoid the hassle of an icy windshield, you can utilize an indoor parking structure like a garage, an outdoor structure like a carport, or if you have no other alternative, a car cover. By keeping ice from accumulating on your windshield in the first place, you’ll save time on pre-driving preparation while protecting your glass from damage.
Glass on the Move is the Bay Area’s number-one choice for auto glass repair, thanks to our extensive experience and world-class service. Our repair team can handle every type of glass repair, so when you have windshield issues, don’t hesitate to call us at (510) 338-4791.