Every Automobile Owner Needs to Learn about Tires

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Every Automobile Owner Needs to Learn about Tires

When I bought my first car, I was very intimidated by it. However, my dad loved cars, so he had all of the regular maintenance done for me. Once I moved far from home when I landed my first job, I learned just how much may dad did to maintain my car. Little did I know that my tires had gone almost completely bald. I learned my lesson one day when it was raining and I slammed on the brakes -- my car slid and almost hit the one in front of me! This motivated me to take my car in for maintenance and the staff told me my tires were likely the problem. I have since dedicated myself to learning more about cars to keep me safe on the road. I want to share what I am learning on a blog to help others out there stay safe, too!


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4 Tips to Help You Protect Your Windshield

You cannot prevent all damage to your windshield. A rock can fly out of nowhere and strike your windshield or a car accident can leave your windshield significantly damaged. However, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of damage to your windshield, thus decreasing the likelihood that you would need windshield replacement. Here are four tips to help you protect your windshield. 

Keep Your Distance From Large Trucks Carrying Debris

The first tip to help protect your windshield from damage is to keep your distance when you see large trucks that are carrying debris. This is especially important if you see debris flying off of the trucks. Many trucks have warning signs that say that other drivers should stay back 200 to 300 feet. This is for good reason. They are trying to protect your car from the debris, such as rocks and gravel, that may fly off their truck. Heed their warning. 

Be Cautious Where You Park

Another tip to help protect your windshield is to be cautious about where you are parking. If it is a windy day and you see a branch that looks unstable, it doesn't make sense to park under it. Likewise, avoid parking under trees that have falling debris, such as acorns. Unstable limbs and debris can both damage your windshield, possibly leading to a windshield replacement. 

Change Your Windshield Wipers as Needed

One of the lesser known ways to protect your windshield is to change your windshield wipers when needed. If the rubber has worn off of your windshield, the metal or plastic arm can dig into your windshield, scratching it. Removing scratches from your windshield glass is a time-consuming and challenging process, and may not be worth the cost. In many cases, replacing the windshield is the best option. Replacing your windshield wipers as needed can prevent this problem. 

Never Pour Hot Water Over Icy Windshields

Lastly, never pour hot water over your icy windshield to help it defrost. The hot water can cause the cold windshield to contract, causing it to crack or break. This will cause you to need a windshield replacement. 

These four tips can decrease the odds of your windshield becoming damaged. But you cannot prevent all damage to your windshield. If your windshield has a large crack or chip, you may need to be repaired or replaced. Contact a windshield replacement service today to learn what options are available for your windshield and to get the damage fixed as quickly as possible.