How heat and hot temperatures affect your windshield
“The nice weather of summer can be great for barbecues, pool parties and more, but it can be hard on your windshield. Your windshield is more likely to crack—and cracks are more likely to spread—when the temperature changes. Temperature changes cause glass to expand and contract, which can make your windshield a bit more fragile. Likewise, many of us are on the road more in the summer as we travel on vacations, to visit family or just make runs to the local pool. All of this leads to an increase in broken windshields that will need to be replaced.
Hot Temperatures Stress Windshields
Temperatures swings can put extra stress on the windshield and make it more prone to breaks. Likewise, if the glass cools too quickly this also can cause stress on the windshield. Experts recommend that you take your time in cooling your vehicle’s interior (and therefore the glass) so that cracks are less likely to expand. This might mean turning on your air conditioner to low at first, instead of going full-steam at once when you turn on your car. Also, many say you should be careful about slamming your doors too hard, as even this type of jarring can lead to increased stress on the glass.”
Read more about heat stress on windshields here.
Weather and temperatures can change dramatically from one day to the next. These fluctuations can put a lot of stress on your windshield and auto glass over time. While it is unlikely that such stress will cause breakage alone, if your windshield is chipped or cracked these temperature changes can cause the damage to spread further and more quickly.
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