Taking Care of Your Car's Windscreen the Right Way

29 October 2018
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The windscreen of your car isn't merely there to protect you from wind and objects. It's also crucial that you can see properly through it. If your windscreen is broken or miscoloured, that could affect road safety while you're driving. That is why you should make sure your windscreen is in proper condition at all times.

Get new wiper blades often

The wiper blades are one piece of equipment that could get worn or break from extensive use. They might last up to two full years if you're careful, but to make sure you're always operating with wiper blades in top condition you should change them once a year. If they were to break when you need them, like during a rainstorm, that could cause a lot of trouble until you can get to a shop where you can get your hands on new ones.

Don't ignore the small chips

If you get a crack on your windscreen, you should get it repaired as soon as possible. Even a tiny crack in the wrong position could make your vision significantly worse, but if the crack is allowed to keep on growing, the problem is going to become worse as well. Small chips are possible to repair by filling them with clear resin. It doesn't heal the crack completely, but it does make the visibility a lot better. Larger cracks could be impossible to repair or still cause problems with visibility even if they were repaired. If a rock damages your windshield, take it to the shop as soon as possible. Even if the glass is only chipped, it's better to get it repaired at once.

Replacing your windscreen

If you do get damage on your windshield so severe that you have to get it replaced, it is possible to do it yourself. Prying a windscreen loose doesn't take more than time, a cold knife, and patience. However, fitting a new windscreen is difficult and might be too much for you to handle. Especially since it's hard to establish precisely which size and model of the windscreen you need.

The safest thing is to hand in your car to an auto shop. They can tell exactly what type of windscreen you need for your car, and if you still want to do it yourself, you should talk to professionals to get the right windshield. You could be able to tell if it's the wrong shape or size, but things like thickness of the glass and which types of adhesives are appropriate for the rubber fittings around your windscreen are harder to tell if you haven't got any experience in this type of work.

For more information about windscreen repair, contact a local auto shop.