No one wants to have to spend money to repair their car’s damaged windshield. It’s a waste of time and money and can truly be irritating to deal with. After all, you have better things to do with your precious time. So, in this blog, we’re going to mention the most common habits many people have that causes them to end up needing an auto glass repair. The reason we are mentioning these habits is so that you can avoid them and prevent future mistakes.
Peeling Decals Off with Keys At one point in time, we’ve all had some type of stickers or decals that we needed to remove off our car’s windshield. And let’s be honest, we’ve all had that one sticker that wouldn’t easily come off. Then, we went ahead and used our keys to peel the edge of the sticker off, which is a big mistake to make. This is a terrible habit that many drivers make and it can easily ruin your windshield. If the key scratches the glass—which is very likely—then that leads the windshield to be more susceptible to chips and cracks.
Instead of using your keys, invest in WD-40. Then, spray the WD-40 on the sticker or decal that you want to remove and let it set for a minute. After that, you can easily peel the rest of the sticker with your fingernail and remove the remaining glue faster.
Using Sponges and Towels to Clean the Glass Another horrible habit that can cause people to get an auto glass repair is using sponges and towels. Sure, sponges and towels seem soft, but to the professionals who deal with fixing auto glass on a regular basis, these items are like nails on a chalkboard. Relying on sponges and towels to clean your windshield could be the most awful practice you’re doing. If you think about it, sponges are designed to scrub out hard-to-remove stains from grimy dishes and other kitchen tools. So nothing about them is soft, especially not on a car’s paint. As a result, if that’s what you’re using. Be sure to stop immediately.
Swap out this habit for a better one by replacing your sponges and towels with a microfiber cloth. Purchase two of this soft cloth and you’ll have two items to replace the sponge and towel with.
Keeping Old Windshield Wipers This is a common habit among young drivers. When your windshield wipers are old and you can clearly see the rubber blades are worn and cracked, you should never leave them to be put to further use. They’ve done their time and need to be thrown out. Continuing their use during rain can be extremely harmful to the glass, so much so that the windshield could break altogether.
Thus, if you want to steer clear from an auto glass repair shop, install new wiper blades.
Getting Auto Glass Tinted at-Home Very few people are experts at car glass repairs and tinting. So, if you’re not an expert (meaning you’re not an auto glass professional), don’t tint your car on your own. You don’t have the right tools and the proper, legal tinted glass or film to be able to pull off this procedure. Besides, you don’t want to make mistakes when you tint the glass. Therefore, it’s best to leave this to auto glass specialists.
Not Parking Cautiously Not many drivers think of parking as a habit, but it is. Where you park can become a habit. For instance, you might start parking in front of a certain building because the parking area has empty spots. Over time, this becomes a habit. However, you should only park somewhere your car is safe. Parking cautiously means parking somewhere where others park (so thieves don’t get any ideas) and parking where no accidents occur (such a tree branches falling). In other words, be sure you always park somewhere safe.
By avoiding these most common bad habits that many drivers are guilty of, you can finally prevent any future auto glass repair.