Winter driving conditions can be challenging, so it’s essential that your auto glass is in top shape to handle the weather. Having a clear view during snowstorms and wind gusts is critical for staying safe on the road. Here are four tips that will help you keep your windshield clear and intact during the cold months.

Winter Care for Auto Glass

1. Avoid Hot Water

Some drivers pour hot water onto their windshields or windows to remove ice. While this may seem efficient, it can shock the glass and cause it to crack. Instead, carefully scrape off the ice while running the defroster inside your car to speed up the thawing without causing a sudden temperature change.

2. Swap Your Wipers

auto glassWindshield wiper blades are made of rubber, a material that can crack and dry out from exposure to the elements. Consider replacing the blades every six months to ensure your wipers make even contact with the auto glass and clear away all types of precipitation.

3. Top Off Your Windshield Wiper Fluid

Make sure your windshield wiper fluid is topped off so you can rely on it during icy precipitation. Consider keeping an extra container in the car in case you need it while you’re out. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to dealing with and driving in inclement weather. If the visibility is extremely low due to blinding or even slushy snow, consider staying home or delaying your planned road travel. 

4. Get Car Washes

People often stop washing their cars in the winter. However, dirt and road salt buildup can pose a danger to auto glass (as well as to the rest of your vehicle). When your windshield wipers move over this seasonal debris, they can scratch the surface of your windshield and make your blades less effective. 



If your auto glass needs help to withstand the winter, contact Hilltop Auto Glass in Westmoreland County, PA. Their technicians offer installations, repairs, and other services to ensure you have a clear view of the road regardless of the conditions outside. Call the Apollo-area company at (724) 567-7441 or 800-544-1713 or visit the website for information on their additional locations in Kittanning and Natrona Heights as well as their mobile service options.