As winter approaches, it’s important to take care of your vehicle. In addition to maintaining your engine, transmission, radiator, tires, and heater, you also need to take care of the auto glass on the front, sides, and rear of the car. Only 1 Auto Glass can help you take care of your windshield this winter, by offering a few glass care tips.


Get Your Windshield Inspected

A quick inspection from one of our certified technicians can make a difference in how well your windshield holds up in the harsh Minnesota winter. We can check for pits, cracks, weak windshield installation, and other possible issues that could compromise your safety over the next few months. If we need to repair or replace your windshield, then we’ll let you know.


Avoid ‘Shocking’ Your Windshield

Although glass can withstand significant impact from ice or flying debris on the icy highways, it may not hold up well under sudden temperature changes. ‘Shocking your glass’ can cause it to crack, pit, or, in some cases, shatter. If your windows are iced over, you can use regular tap water to melt the ice instead of boiling water off the stove. Yes, hot water will speed up the melting processing, but it could shock your windshield and cause damage.


Replace Damaged Auto Glass

Freezing temperatures have a way of weakening the glass on your car. If your windows are cracked or damaged, we can replace them before the sub-freezing temperatures arrive. A broken windshield is a safety issue that can affect everyone riding in your car. If you’re on a tight budget, then check with your insurance company to see if they will cover a glass replacement at no cost to you. Most companies will not raise your insurance rates to fix the windshield.


Ice Scrapers or De-Icers Are Your Best Bet

Although tap water out of a hose can melt the ice on your car, your best option is to pull out the ice scraper and remove the ice by hand. You can also purchase a de-icers as your windshield washer fluids for the winter such as Rain-X De-icer. These products can remove the ice fast, and you may not have to use a scraper at all.


Keep the Glass Clean Around the Car

Windshield wipers have to work twice as hard to clean a dirty windshield. We recommend that you keep your windshield clean throughout the season. A dirt-free surface will keep your wipers in excellent condition and your windshield clear. If you have a stubborn stain that you can’t get off the window, then bring it to our service center. We can remove the stain for you. We can also replace your windshield wipers if they are worn out.


Only 1 Auto Glass Can Treat Your Windshield This Summer

Only 1 Auto Glass is Minneapolis and St. Paul’s most trusted auto glass service center. Whether you visit us at our service center or we have to come to you, we provide windshield repair and replacement for all types of vehicles. Call us at 651-789-1111 for a free estimate on any auto glass service that we offer.