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Six Things That Can Damage Your Windshield During Winter

by Matthew Fields

Experienced motorists should be aware of the fact that freezing winter weather can wreak havoc on an automobile's windshield. Fortunately, vehicle owners who are already familiar with the potential hazards of winter weather poses can avoid wintertime windshield repair.

The following are the most common potential hazards that can lead to winter weather damage when it comes to maintaining a vehicle windshield:

Rapid temperature changes

Rapid changes in temperature can cause large-scale cracks in a windshield. During periods of freezing-cold weather motorists may be tempted to clear their windshield of ice and frost by pouring hot water over their windshield glass. However, this can stress windshield glass, both causing new cracks and aggravating existing chips in the windshield. 

Dirty glass

If you run the wipers over dirty glass in freezing weather, stuck-on dirt could cause prominent scratches in your windshield. It's a good idea to regularly clean your windshield and window glass throughout the winter months to prevent permanent blemishes in your vehicle's glass. 

Scraping away ice and snow

Any busy professional who drives to work everyday and lives in a place with snowy winters knows how frustrating it is to clear a windshield of ice and snow when in a hurry.

Drivers living in such situations simply must learn to wake up a little earlier during the winter to clear their car of snow and ice before driving to work. A rushed job of scraping off a windshield could lead to chips and cracks that could become larger due to extremely low temperatures. 

An empty washer fluid reservoir

When you're driving in winter conditions, you'll often find yourself relying on your washer fluid to keep your windshield clear and to maintain visibility while driving. If you try to run your wipers in freezing conditions when your windshield is covered with winter weather debris, your windshield will probably develop scratches and blemishes. 

Old wiper blades

Windshield ice can become more brittle in extreme cold weather. This can leave windshield glass more susceptible to damage from old, worn out wiper blades. Older wiper blades could cause windshield glass to be exposed to metal or plastic parts that will leave permanent scratches. 

Cracks and chips

Chips in windshield glass can deepen and expand because of cold weather. Temperature changes during the winter months can cause chips to expand, and chips might even develop into enormous cracks if you don't attend to them right away. You should periodically check your windshield for cracks and chips throughout the winter season.