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How Can Bad Weather Affect My Windscreen?

Your windscreen has a tremendous impact on your overall road safety. And at Dean’s Autoglass, windscreen replacement, repair, and protection are of the utmost importance to us. Not only does driving with a chipped or cracked windscreen decrease your visibility, but it can also be illegal, depending on the size of the crack. 

We discuss the effects that poor weather conditions can have on your windscreen, as well as preventative measures to avoid the need for a windscreen replacement or repair. 

Your Windscreen Forecast

Weather conditions can undoubtedly impact the integrity of your windscreen. When you suddenly notice a crack on your windscreen but can’t recall seeing a stone hit the window, bad weather conditions are likely to blame.

Understanding the impact and taking necessary precautions can keep your windscreen in good condition is imperative in  keeping you safer for longer. Not to mention saving the cost of constantly needing a windscreen repair. 

How Can The Weather Affect My Windscreen’s Integrity?

Hot Temperatures

Windscreen cracks are common in scorching months. Soaring summer temperatures alone won’t necessarily cause your window to crack, but it can negatively affect existing cracks or chips – worsening these significantly. Direct sunlight on the weak spots on your windscreen will continue to wear out your windscreen’s structure. 

Hot temperatures also cause what’s called stress cracks. The metal around your windscreen heats up quicker than the glass part of your screen, and this temperature difference can cause stress cracks. 

Cold Temperatures

When your windscreen cracks in winter, it’s likely caused by incorrectly managing your frosted windscreen or due to existing chips in your windscreen adding to the likelihood of a crack developing. 

As with hot summer temperatures, extreme cold temperatures can worsen if you have a windscreen with a small crack. Existing chips in a windscreen tend to fill with moisture in winter. When this moisture freezes, it causes the glass to expand, putting stress on your windscreen and creating cracks.      

Due to the cold temperatures, we tend to reach for the heater in our cars in winter. However, the difference in temperature between outside and inside can very easily cause cracks to develop. The outside cold temperatures make the glass of your windscreen contract, and sudden exposure to heat then puts pressure on your windscreen, causing it to crack. 

Stormy Conditions

It seems more evident that extreme stormy weather can negatively affect your car’s windscreen – likely for all the reasons you’re imagining. 

When you drive in hail, large pieces hitting your windscreen can cause chips which, if not repaired, will eventually lead to cracks, and you will ultimately need a windscreen replacement. 

Heavy rain could damage your windscreen if your wiper blades are not in good shape or of good quality. Furthermore, using damaged or old blades could make your window more susceptible to chips or cracks. Driving with poor functioning blades in harsh weather is very dangerous. Therefore, regularly checking that your wipers are in good condition and can manage the weather conditions is extremely important. 

Preventative Measures to Maintain Your Windscreen 

Although the weather can easily compromise your windscreen, there are measures to ensure that you protect your windscreen as much as possible. 

Gradually Manage Temperature Changes 

If it’s sweltering outside, be careful of blasting your aircon on high when you climb into your car. The same counts for the reverse, so avoid putting the heater on high when your car has been standing in freezing temperatures. 

When getting into your car, start by opening your windows first and putting your heater or aircon on, gradually increasing the heat or cold as you go. This will ensure that you correctly manage the extremely varied temperatures. 

If your window is frosted, ensure that you never use hot or boiling water to remove the frost. The cold weather causes your window to contract, and pouring hot water on top will cause sudden expansion, causing your window to crack. 

Find a Hideout

In hot summer months, try to always park your car in a garage or under shade to eliminate exposure to direct sunlight. The same goes for winter. Parking your vehicle under a roof will prevent you from struggling with a frosted window or small chips accumulating moisture, which could lead to a crack in your windscreen. 

If you’re expecting a hail storm, it’s best to ensure that you cover your car’s windscreen with blankets to shield it as best as possible if it’s standing outside. 

Listen to The Weatherman

Watch the weather and try to plan for indoor parking during extreme weather conditions. 

If The Damage is Done

If your windscreen has a small chip, windscreen repairs are quick and efficient. You might not think it’s necessary to repair it just yet, but a chip can quickly turn into a larger crack. 

Repairing your damaged windscreen sooner rather than later is always a good idea. A chip or crack might seem small, but this could quickly become a bigger problem as soon as it’s exposed to varying temperatures. Contact a professional regarding windscreen repairs and replacements if you’re unsure what the best step to take is.

Remember that if you already have a cracked windscreen influencing your visibility, you could be breaking the law. A windscreen replacement is then necessary to ensure your safety on the road.  

Your Windscreen Repair Perth Specialists 

Contact us at Dean’s Autoglass in Perth if you need advice about the next step to take, Don’t delay, and get that chip checked out today. You never know what the weatherman’s forecast is for tomorrow.