How Summer Heat Can Affect Your Cracked Windshield
Summer days can mean long road trips and exciting outings, but if your windshield has a crack, it can also mean expensive repairs. Heat alone cannot cause damage to your auto glass, but it can exacerbate preexisting issues. Extreme temperatures affect your vehicle differently and with summer right around the corner, it is essential to be aware of the many factors that can affect your cracked windshield.
Increased AC Use
When the summer heat hits, most people’s reaction is the crank up the air conditioning and turn their vehicle into an icebox. While this might seem like the best option on a hot day, glass expands and contracts based on the internal and external temperature of the vehicle. Rapid cooling can cause the glass to crack even further if it has already been compromised.
More UV Exposure
In the winter, you’re likely to experience more days with significant cloud cover, but summer is when the sun is out for the longest time. It is also at its brightest during the summer, which means your car is being exposed to more damaging UV rays than the rest of the year. People are also less likely to park their cars inside during the summer as they would during the winter to prevent frost and snow buildup.
More Travel Time
Summer is also the most common season for travelling and more vacations mean more road time. The longer your car spends on the road, the more likely you are to experience a chip or crack in your windshield that can be impacted by the season’s heat.
Although the summer presents an increased risk to your car’s windshield, it doesn’t mean your enjoyment of the season has to be minimized. There are a number of measures you can take to protect your windshield from cracks and chips. One simple step is to make sure you park your car in shaded areas as frequently as possible to reduce the heat entering your car as well as the UV rays that have the potential to damage our car’s interior. Another option is to consider window tinting, which darkens the glass of your car, helping to regulate interior temperatures and sun damage.