Getting a windshield replacement can be a (pricey) hassle, especially if you’re strapped for time or don’t have insurance coverage for your auto glass. So now that you’ve got a fresh, unblemished piece of glass on your ride, it’s in your best interest to do everything in your power to prevent yourself from needing another new windshield. How do you do that?


Read on to learn simple yet effective things you can do to keep your windshield replacement in excellent shape long term.


Park in Protected Areas

If possible, park in a garage or beneath a carport when you’re at home, and when you’re at work, try to park in a parking garage or somewhere that’ll shield your vehicle from the weather. While finding a protected parking area won’t always be feasible, parking beneath something is the best way to prevent damage caused by hail and other falling objects.


All it takes is one stray object to put an irreparable crack in your auto glass. The more shielded your vehicle is, the lower your risk of incurring windshield damage.  


Keep a Safe Distance

Do you have a tendency to drive a little too close to other drivers’ rear ends? Now is the time to change your ways. Other vehicles’ tires can easily propel rocks and other road debris straight at your windshield when you follow too closely, so the farther away you stay, the better.


To reduce your risk of incurring windshield damage caused by flying road debris, do your best to keep at least three seconds of distance between the front of your vehicle and the rear of the vehicle in front of you. Not sure how to do that? Follow these steps:


1.      Choose a specific point alongside the road ahead of you (a sign, a tree, etc.)

2.      Wait until the vehicle in front of you passes that point and count the seconds until your vehicle passes that same point.

3.      If you pass the point before you count three seconds, back off, choose a new point, and repeat the process until there are three seconds of space between your vehicles.


Replace Your Wipers Regularly

Old, deteriorated wipes can easily scratch your windshield when the rubber begins to wear away and the metal beneath makes contact with the glass. But preventing those tiny etches is simple: just replace your wipers every six to 12 months.


Keep in mind, though, that if you use your wipers frequently or live in a very arid climate, the rubber may deteriorate faster. To make sure you replace your wipers often enough to prevent windshield damage, take a close look at their condition every couple of months. If you notice any deterioration, put a new pair on just to be safe. 


Only 1 Auto Glass: Your Twin Cities Windshield Replacement Experts

When you’re in the market for a windshield replacement, look no further than Only 1 Auto Glass! For more than a decade, we’ve proudly served drivers throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro and we have several shop locations to make auto glass service as convenient as possible. Can’t make it to one of our shops? We offer mobile service too!


Give us a call today at 651-789-1111 or request a free estimate to discuss your windshield repair or replacement needs.