Minnesota is home to a range of temperature and weather swings; it truly experiences all four seasons. As the worst of winter has passed this year, we can look forward to spring and summer. Unfortunately, with the changing seasons comes changing dangers for your vehicle's windshield. Below, let's take a closer look at the dangers associated with spring and summer and what you can do to help protect your car.

Protect Your Windshield This Spring

As winter fades away, spring weather can bring on a new host of dangers to your car's windshield. There are many cinders left over from the icy winter weather that are still left on the road. These cinders can become kicked up and sprayed onto your car from other passing vehicles. When tiny rocks and cinders hit your windshield with speed, they can be devastating. Road cinders can create tiny chips within the windshield that can often go unnoticed until it is too late. Small chips can become big cracks that can ultimately force you to replace your entire windshield.

Further, spring is known for its unpredictable weather patterns and serious thunderstorms. Not only can storms bring hail that can be damaging to your vehicle's windshield, but thunderstorms are usually accompanied by high winds and hail. Strong winds can bring down tree branches that can crack and damage your windshield. Luckily, windshield chips and cracks can easily be repaired to get your car safely back on the road.

Protect Your Windshield in the Summer

With soaring temperatures your vehicle's windshield gets the brunt of heat and sun exposure. The windshield glass will stretch and expand under the intense heat. As a person enters the vehicle and turns on the air conditioning, the sudden blast of cold air on the hot windshield can cause the glass to crack. It is important to get even the tiniest of cracks repaired to avoid a larger, and more devastating crack in the future.

To avoid this from happening, a best practice is to try to park your car in a cool and shaded area. Keeping your windshield out of direct sun exposure will lessen the temperature differential between the extreme heat on the windshield and the cool air from your car's air conditioning.

At Centennial Glass we care about our customers. Having a chipped or cracked windshield can create a dangerous situation, and we are here to help. Our knowledgeable and caring team will fix your windshield quickly and correctly to get you on your way again. To learn more about how we can help, contact us today! Our team is always ready and available to help with repairs.