It’s that time of the year again when we begin prepping for the long winter ahead. Even though getting the car ready for winter is advisable, it won’t prevent you from experiencing some of the common problems drivers face in the cold and stormy weather. Freezing temperatures bring out the worst in car windshields and it’s most evident around small cracks. Experts suggest that vision is one of the most common problems during winters, especially in cities with heavy fog like Lucknow, Delhi, etc. Being able to see the road you’re driving on is crucial, and is of utmost priority. With a bit of preparation, you can make sure that winter doesn’t catch you off guard.
During winters, the windshield starts to deteriorate because the frost that settles on the windshield, leaving streaks or making squeaking noises as they work. More often, the salt on the roads makes it hard to see without them on. This can even harm the wiper blades. If your wipers are cracked or stiff, they’ll stop working in that storm, probably catching you unaware. Even the windshield washer fluid freezes in cold weather. The methanol content of the fluid can evaporate due to exposure to heat or air, raising its freezing point closer to the freezing point of water.
While driving, if you can’t see the road ahead, you’re causing danger to yourself and everyone around. Don’t try to use the wipers to remove ice from the windshield. Use an ice scraper instead. Every precaution must be taken to keep the wipers safe. If you park outside, place the wipers in the raised position when the frost is formed overnight to keep them from freezing to the windshield.
With frost formation in the front and back glass of the car, it’s likely that you’ll be using windshield washers a lot, so keep your windshield-washer reservoir filled with a winter-blend washer solution that contains an antifreeze agent. If you find that your washer fluid is frozen and will not spray, check to see if it’s all frozen or if it’s perhaps frozen only in the small washer jets located on your car’s hood. If latter is the case, they can be defrosted with a hair dryer if you are near an electrical outlet. If it’s frozen in the reservoir under the hood, try adding newer washer fluid to the mix and see if that helps.
However, from your end make sure that the car heater is functioning properly and that plenty of warm air is being directed to the windshield when it’s in the defrost mode. To prevent your windshield from fogging up, run the air-conditioning system (with the temperature set at a comfortable level) and you’ll be able to dehumidify the air. Experts suggest that in Tier-II cities like Indore and Jodhpur, a sudden change in temperature can also small chips to start cracking. This change in temperature causes added tension on the windshield, and you will begin noticing that small cracks have turned into big ones in the entire width of your windshield. Once the windshield cracks out, it is too late and the only option left would be to replace it.
In cities like Jallandhar, where the temperature can go below 10 degree Celsius, winter can be extremely harmful as it can cause extensive damage to your car. Therefore, you have to be careful while dealing with your vehicle during the cold seasons. The cold weather affects many aspects of your car, especially the windshield. According to experts, the cold weather is the reason why windshield will get cracks or chips, and if not taken care of, it can get worse. Dealing with the windshield at this time can be a frustrating experience. But with a few tips mentioned above, you can make it better.
When it comes to winter car care, people usually think about flushing the radiator and buying snow tires. And while we are covered in white, our car is at risk of its windshield getting damaged. With the nights getting longer, it is important to get ready for what may come during this time of the year, to protect ourselves and others on the road.
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