When you have a chip or crack on your windshield, it’s important to get it repaired as quickly as possible. A chip or crack can worsen if you hit a bump while driving or even with the hot, summer sun beating down on your windshield. To avoid more costly repairs down the road, read through our list of tips to help you protect your cracked or chipped windshield until you can get the problem repaired.

1.      Do Not Use a Reflective Shade

Though you want to keep your car cool during the summer, you should not use a reflective windshield shade until the crack or chip is repaired. Reflective shades work in one of two ways to keep your car cooler. Some shades absorb heat, while others reflect heat. Either option causes more heat to sit on your windshield, which causes your car’s glass to expand. As it expands, the crack or chip can expand.

2.      Park in the Shade

If you have a crack in your windshield, try to avoid parking in direct sunlight. Parking your car directly in the sun is one of the fastest ways to cause a chip or crack to grow. This will cause your windshield to heat up and expand. If a chip or crack grows too much, windshield repair may no longer be an option, and your windshield may need to be replaced.

3.      Slowly Cool Your Car Down

A hot car is inevitable in the summer. Every time you get in your car and it’s hot, your first reaction is to turn the air conditioning on full blast. The immediate temperature difference between the hot and the cold air can cause your windshield glass to quickly contract, which can cause your crack or chip to grow or even shatter.

At Only 1 Auto Glass, serving the greater Twin Cities metro area, we are committed to making windshield repair as easy and affordable as possible. We have a shop where we can repair your auto glass, and also offer mobile repair options. Don't put off repairing a windshield. Contact us today for a free estimate.