As the weather heats up in Kelowna, don’t forget to pay attention to your auto glass. Most folks spend more time on the road, driving long distances to holiday destinations. The amplified vibration on your windshield, coupled with the cool air generated by your car A/C could result in a few problems. Before embarking on that road trip, whether you are a college undergrad going for a dip in Lake Okanagan, or you’re taking your family for a summer getaway, keep these tips in mind:
Check your auto glass before and after every trip, especially if your route is full of loose gravel. Keep an ear out for sounds of anything hitting your windscreen. It could be nothing new, but not checking it out as it develops could lead to bigger problems later.
Try not to frequent instant car washes. They may leave your car looking squeaky clean, but the added pressure from the brushes, and the varying temperatures could cause any damage to get worse and increase the fragility of the glass.
Do not park your vehicle in the sun. Glass expands when heated and contracts when cold. Also, steer clear of reflective sun shades underneath your windshield. They reflect heat back onto the screen, increasing the temperature.
Ensure that contact between your wipers and your windshield is seamless. If not, they could scratch the surface. Check the wipers’ spring tension and make sure the pads aren’t too worn out. Also, check that you have enough wiper fluid, and if the wipers more than a year old, consider changing them before the trip.
Know when to repair and when to replace. If your auto glass is chipped by a rock, have it repaired immediately. A simple clear tape can cover a chip, possibly preventing it from developing into a crack, but having the chip permanently repaired is the only way to completely avert a crack. If the auto glass already has a crack, have it repaired or replaced at once. The rule of thumb is, windshields with cracks measuring less than 12 inches (30.48 cm) may be repaired, but those with bigger cracks have to be replaced.
If you need windshield repair in Kelowna, be sure to go for services that offer flexible payment. Also, there are companies like Enterprise Glass that provide mobile services, so they just meet you where you are, and get a professional assessment of your vehicle glass damage.
Finally, avoid slamming the doors when closing them. The impact could cause the fissure of the glass to open further. Keep in mind, that driving with a damaged windshield in Kelowna could result in a violation of the Highway Traffic Act.
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