Is It Safe To Request A Windshield Replacement On A Cold Day?


A cracked windshield is dangerous because it obstructs your vision as you navigate your neighborhood. As a crack expands, it may also affect the structure of your vehicle. If you get in an automobile accident, your roof may collapse or your airbags might not eject properly. For these reasons, it's vital that you request a windshield replacement or repair when necessary, regardless of the temperature outside.

Cracks Can Grow During the Winter

You might decide to postpone auto glass repair because you have a small crack that doesn't block your view. However, a small crack can quickly grow into a large spider web of cracks, especially during cold weather. Cold weather can make windshield glass more concave than usual, which causes cracks to grow or even shatter. Some people attempt to thaw icy windshields with a pot of boiled water, which can also make cracks worse.

You can prevent your crack from expanding by repairing it as soon as possible. Many auto glass repair companies are happy to travel directly to your home or office to perform the necessary work.

Glass Repair Experts Are Trained for All Seasons

There are special steps a glass repair specialist must perform during cold weather. Luckily, windshield replacement workers undergo formal training through a tech school, college, or apprenticeship prior to repairing damaged glass. During training, workers learn cold-weather essentials such as:

  • How to slowly and safely warm up a windshield for easy repairs or replacements
  • The number of minutes a cold-weather curing cycle requires
  • Tips for gently removing moisture from cracked glass prior to repairs

Windshield repair and replacement both require a dry, warm surface. This is difficult, but not impossible, to achieve during cold weather. A skilled glass repair expert understands that cold-weather repairs require additional time and effort, so he will proceed accordingly.

Move the Vehicle In a Warm Area if Possible As mentioned earlier, a windshield replacement specialist can tackle repairs in any weather. However, you may need your windshield fixed quickly, and it's difficult for that to happen on a chilly winter day. Move your vehicle to a warm area, such as a garage or covered parking lot, if possible. This helps provide a safe, comfortable environment where your repair technician can quickly correct your windshield's issues.

Another option is to place a popup tent or carport over the vehicle during the repairs. This won't block all of the cold air, but it will help keep snow and sleet from prolonging your windshield work.

It's unsafe to operate an automobile with a cracked windshield. If you need a windshield repair or replacement during the winter, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with a glass repair specialist or company like Coats Auto Body and Paint. 


10 January 2018

Keep Your Vehicle Safe

Hello. My name’s Samuel Jacobs. I retired from my job as an auto mechanic last year. During my years as a mechanic, I had the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life. Some have remained friends to this day. When I was working, there is one thing that I came across at least weekly. That is how uneducated people are when it comes to their vehicle’s tires. Properly cared for tires are crucial to the safety of your vehicle. Without them, your car isn’t going anywhere. If they give out on you while you are driving, there is the potential for serious injury. I’m going to share some tire safety information here. Things like the importance of correct inflation, how to check the tread, when to replace tires, tire rotation, and what to do in case of a blow-out. I hope you find this information to be helpful.