A damaged windshield can be dangerous. Here are some tips for keeping your windshield in good condition. Good visibility will protect you and your family on the road.
Driving with a fogged windshield is dangerous: you should never drive until the windshield is completely defogged. Rubbing the inside of the windshield with a soft cloth to absorb moisture is a quick fix, but will leave marks that will affect your visibility.
The fine nozzles of the washer system are easily clogged with dirt. First check the level of windshield washer fluid in the reservoir and top it up if necessary; Then, gently insert a pin into each nozzle to clear any blockage. Using the pin inserted in the nozzle, you can also change the direction of the jets towards the windshield, to ensure efficient cleaning of the glass. Just move the pin to adjust the angle of the nozzle.
It is not necessary to buy the washer fluid in store. Make your own by mixing 15 milliliters (1 tablespoon) of dish detergent with 300 milliliters (10 ounces) of isopropyl (rubbing alcohol) in a 2 liter container, and top up with water. Fill your car's windshield washer reservoir with this mixture.
Avoid using household window cleaning products. Many of them contain ammonia which can damage the plastic and rubber surrounding car windows.
Using a good glass polish (purchased from an auto supply store) will not only make your windshield sparkle, but it will also remove the fine scratches that contribute to glare and water will bead when it is raining.
Chips or cracks in a windshield should never be ignored, as they can spread quickly, threatening your safety. Only small cracks and chips (3.5 cm (1 1/2 in diameter and less) can be repaired by injecting a special resin into the cracked area. Auto supply stores sell kits that allow you to to do it at home Follow the instructions carefully.
If in doubt, don't take a chance: as soon as possible, contact your insurer or a company specializing in windshield repair.