The nights are cooler, the days are shorter; fall is definitely here. Fall can get busy, and items on the to-do list can get pushed further and further down the order. One of the things you shouldn’t ignore is getting your vehicle ready for the colder weather. Even though winter hasn’t come yet, it’s best to not delay your to-do list. Routine checks and maintenance should be performed, like ensuring your antifreeze system is in tip-top shape, as well as ensuring all heating and defrosting functions are in good order. It’s also a good idea to stock your trunk with a winter emergency kit, including weather-appropriate tools (ice scraper/snowbrush if necessary), extra blankets and clothes, and a first aid kit.
A to-do that often gets missed, however, is making sure your windshield is in good shape. Make sure that if your windshield is in need of a repair, get it done as soon as you notice it. As an example, if it rains during the day and cools at night to the freezing point, any moisture that is sitting on the damage will freeze and expand. This is one of the main reasons chips can spread to cracks, or cracks can lengthen, overnight. By taking a proactive approach and getting damage repaired right away, there’s a chance you can avoid replacing the windshield altogether.
If the damage does grow to an extent where the windshield has to be replaced, it’s important to get that service completed right away as well. Depending on your local driving laws, it is a possibility that driving with a damaged windshield can earn you a traffic ticket. It is especially important to get service if the damage is in the line of sight of the driver, as it can become a serious safety hazard.
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