How does the summer heat affect your windscreen?

DC Auto Glass is feeling the heat like everyone else – and so is your windscreen!

A Perth summer is filled with beach trips, barbecues, and scorching heat. While most of us are aware of the effects of high temperatures on our skin and hydration levels, not everyone considers how the heat can impact our vehicles, specifically, the windscreen. In this blog post, we’ll dive into how the summer heat affects your windscreen and share some tips to keep it in good condition.

So, how does the summer heat affect your car windscreen?

Expansion and Contraction

Your windscreen, like many other materials, expands in the heat and contracts in the cold. This constant change in size can lead to stress cracks, especially if there are already small chips or dings in the glass. These cracks can quickly spread across your windscreen, obstructing your view and compromising the structural integrity of the glass.

Damage to the Seal

The seal around your windscreen helps secure it to your vehicle. However, prolonged exposure to high temperatures can cause the seal to dry out and crack, leading to leaks that can cause water damage to the interior of your car.

Sun Glare

Intense summer sun can cause a glare on your windscreen, making it difficult to see and potentially leading to accidents. Dirty windscreens can exacerbate this problem, as dirt and dust particles can scatter light, increasing the intensity of the glare.

Tips to Keep Your Windscreen in Good Condition

Regular Inspection of your windscreen

Regularly inspect your windscreen for any chips, cracks, or damage to the seal. Small chips can be repaired before they turn into large cracks that require a full windscreen replacement. If you notice any damage, contact an auto glass replacement company immediately.

Use a Sunshade

A sunshade reflects sunlight away from your car, reducing the temperature inside and minimizing the strain on your windscreen. They’re affordable, easy to use, and can significantly prolong the life of your windscreen.

Keep Your Windscreen Clean

Keeping your windscreen clean can help reduce sun glare and allow you to spot any chips or cracks early. Use a high-quality glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth to avoid scratching the glass.

Park in the Shade

Whenever possible, park in shaded areas to minimize your vehicle’s exposure to direct sunlight. If shade is not available, try to park your car in a way that the windscreen is not directly facing the sun.

Don’t Blast the Air conditioning

When you enter a hot car, resist the urge to blast the air conditioning. The sudden temperature change can cause stress to your already hot windscreen, potentially leading to cracks. Instead, gradually cool down the car by starting with lower air conditioning settings.

The summer heat can take a toll on your windscreen, but with regular inspection and proper care, you can maintain its condition and longevity. Remember, if you notice any damage, it’s important to get it fixed immediately to prevent further complications. Contact DC Auto Glass so that we can ensure your windscreen is safe and secure, ready to face the summer sun!

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