Winter Can be Hard on Windshields

Winter Can be Hard on Windshields

Do you have a list of items for your auto when it gets cold? Brush and scraper? Check. Deicer tank full? Check. Tire tread adequate and air pressure correct? Check. Extra gloves, hat and scarves? Check. That’s all good but did you know that your windshield is at risk in cold weather?

“Wind Shields can crack in the extreme cold, warns financial information business Defaqto, and an existing chip is a major risk factor.” According to, the best thing to do is check your windshield for small chips and cracks and if you find something, get it repaired as soon as possible. When water gets into the crack, it will freeze and expand in the cold and, worse case, break your windscreen beyond repair. Many insurance companies will help you get your windshield repaired, avoiding the larger cost of windshield replacement.

“Most people understand that taking extra precautions with their automobile during the winter months is just being smart,” said Jan-Marie Hall, Franchise Development Director for NOVUS Glass, “but few people think to check their windshields. If your windshield is repairable, and most are, go to a business with cutting-edge technology.” NOVUS invented windshield repair in 1972 and began franchising in 1985. They have the expertise and experience to repair your small divot before it becomes a major crack.

Here are some other ideas for winter automobile preparedness kit:

  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Candle, matches, can (can be used to melt snow for drinking water)
  • Snacks
  • Blanket and extra winter gear
  • An extra USB cord to plug in your phone or device should you need to charge it
  • Road flares or reflective triangle so your stalled car can be visible in a storm
  • Jumper cable
  • Duct tape (for quick repairs)
  • Kitty litter, cardboard or carpet remnant you can place under tires for traction in the snow
  • Small shovel
  • Multi-tool
  • First aid kit

If you do find a chip in your windshield, a piece of clear tape over the crack may help prevent dirt and debris getting into the crack and making it worse. Do not try to repair it yourself. Windshield chips and cracks are caused by stones hitting the glass, usually kicked up by the tires of the vehicle in front of you so keep your distance. Finally, act immediately and make an appointment to get the crack repaired.