If you own a vehicle, there’s a good chance you don’t often contemplate the integrity of your auto glass. After all, if the glass appears intact, what’s there to worry about, right? At Only 1 Auto Glass, we know the majority of drivers do their best to take care of their vehicles. All too often, though, it’s the little things they don’t think about that make the biggest impact. If you’re guilty of any of the following three deeds, for the sake of your auto glass, think twice before you do them again.


Cleaning the Windshield With Household Glass Cleaner

Many household glass cleaners contain harsh ingredients that can damage your auto glass and window seals with repeated use. One of the most common window cleaner ingredients, ammonia, can deteriorate both your window tint and the protective seal around the glass, so your best bet is to avoid using run-of-the-mill cleaning products at all costs.


Instead, opt for dedicated auto glass cleaning products, which you can easily acquire at your local auto parts dealer. Alternatively, cleaning your auto glass with a simple mixture of white vinegar and water can help you avoid seal deterioration and an unexpected auto glass repair.


Following Too Closely

Ever heard of the three-second rule? Most drivers are familiar with the concept, but unfortunately, it doesn’t translate very well once they get behind the wheel. The three-second rule is designed to give you enough space to stop completely in the event that the driver in front of you slams on the brakes, but it’s also a great way to avoid auto glass repair or replacement.


When you follow other vehicles too closely, you significantly raise your risk of incurring auto glass damage because at high speeds, vehicle tires kick up road debris. That debris can fly directly toward your windshield at high velocity, and depending on its size, it can chip or crack the glass. However, when you leave enough space between you and the vehicle ahead of you, flying road debris has plenty of time to lose velocity and fall toward the ground instead.


Setting Your Defrost Too High

Have you ever dropped an ice cube into a glass of room temperature water? Of course you have—who hasn’t? That familiar crackle and pop that ensues is a result of a phenomenon called differential expansion, which occurs when a very cold object comes into sudden contact with a warmer object.


Here’s what’s going on: The outer layer of the ice cube warms up and expands, but the inner layer of the ice cube stays cold and remains contracted. Because the layers of the ice cube expand at different rates, the outer portion of the cube immediately cracks. So what exactly does this have to do with your auto glass?


When there’s frost or snow on your windshield, the glass is very cold. But, when you warm up your vehicle by immediately cranking the defrost to high, you expose the inner layer of your windshield to a very sudden temperature change. If your windshield contains even minor chips or cracks, the sudden temperature change can cause them to spread. If you’re in the habit of turning your defrost all the way up, you might be on the fast track toward an auto glass repair or a full windshield replacement.


Accidentally Cracked Your Auto Glass? Contact Only 1 Auto Glass Today

Auto glass damage happens—it’s just a fact of life. That’s why our team at Only 1 Auto Glass provides the most comprehensive, convenient auto glass repair and replacement in the Twin Cities metro. Whether you need a windshield chip repair, a back glass repair, or new side windows, our highly trained team is always here to take care of your vehicle. To learn more about our auto glass services or to schedule your appointment, give our team a call at 651-789-1111. Or, you can always feel free to message us on our contact page. For your convenience, you can also request your free estimate online.