Windshields are meant to take a lot of abuse. Debris and rocks are often kicked up on a windshield and should bounce off easily with minimal or no damage. But if your windshield is in a weakened state, it's more likely to become damaged by debris and will then need to be replaced.
Don't Let Your Windshield Get Dirty
You should not allow dirt to accumulate on your windshield. Doing so will allow for tiny scratches to form on your windshield. These scratches will make your windshield much less resilient to abuse.
Use the Right Cleaning Products
When you're cleaning your windshield, you'll also want to make sure that you use the right cleaning products. Every product you use, from the cleaning agent to the cloth, should be designed specifically for cleaning windshields. Make sure that the cloth is also very clean before you start cleaning the windshield.
Don't Let Your Windshield Become Damaged
There are many other factors that can cause your windshield to become damaged, such as infrequently changed windshield wiper blades or temperature fluctuations. When your windshield is in a weakened state, it might develop a chip or a crack, this is a problem that should not be ignored because the problem will only get worse and you may then need to have your windshield fully replaced.
Beware of DIY Windshield Repair Products
You might be tempted to use a DIY kit to repair your windshield. While these kits can sometimes be useful, you won't want to attempt to repair your windshield if it actually needs to be replaced because the repair efforts will be unsuccessful and you'll simply be wasting your time.
The Benefits of Hiring Professionals
Not all auto glass is the same. An auto glass replacement service will determine if your windshield needs to be replaced based on the type of glass. If they do have to replace the glass, they'll do so following proper safety standards and will make sure that the glass is held in place with a high-quality urethane adhesive.
If a windshield is not installed correctly, you'll hear a whooshing or rattling sound when driving. If you end up in an accident, the windshield will not be able to adequately protect you. Therefore, your windshield should only be replaced by an auto glass replacement service. Fortunately, in most cases, the replacement of a windshield is covered by an auto insurance policy.