summer auto glass safety

How To Keep Your Car Cool & Your Auto Glass Safe In The Summer

summer auto tipsThe peak of the heat is here and everyone knows the feeling of getting into your car after it has been sitting in the
sun. It might just like the the equivalent of walking into an oven. When it is brutally hot out, it can also make running errands unpleasant especially when you can’t seem to get the interior of your vehicle to cool down to a temperature that feels tolerable. The good news is that you can while beat the heat by doing plenty of easy things that can make you feel comfortable in your car . This article outlines some of the best ways to stay cool in your car during the summer and some additional tips for protecting your auto glass. 

Have you ever been to a greenhouse? Well, your car’s windows can be considered an equivalent to one. They trap in heat and sunlight. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) claims that the direct sun can spike the temperature up even when it feels cool outside. Even if it’s 60 degrees outside of your car, with direct heat, it can spike to temperatures of over 100 degrees inside of your car.

 

How To Keep Your Car Cool In The Summer 

In order to avoid baking in your own car, you can reduce the heat by following the below tips:

Solar shades:

When you try these, you will be glad that you purchased them. According to Consumer Reports, they are considered a fabulous investment because they prevent the sun’s rays from heating up your vehicle. This means that your car will not be as hot and it allows your car to cool down to a comfortable temperature a lot faster when you need it to.

Open windows:

The term “heat box” can be applied to your car in the summer. Your windows also trap in heat. When you park your car, you can opt to leave your windows cracked open slightly. This provides just enough ventilation so that there is just enough airflow to keep it cooler. Another way that you can use your windows to your advantage is by keeping your sunroof slightly open. Obviously, you can’t do this if it is raining. You don’t want to open any of your windows more than about an inch or so in order to prevent the risk of theft.

Shaded parking:

Parking your car in the shade is pretty much like winning the lottery when it comes to keeping your car cool. If you can’t find a completely shaded spot, then find one where you can park so that the direct sunlight is hitting the rear of your car. This will keep the front end of your car cooler, especially the steering wheel and the seats that you will be in direct contact with.

Although the summer can get incredibly hot and your car can seem unbearable, you can follow these tips and feel more comfortable.

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Tips For Protecting Your Auto Glass During The Summer

protecting your auto glass in the summerThe heat reeks havoc on your auto glass. Your auto glass is one of the main safety features of your car. It protects you from flying out of the car when you have been in an accident. It also protects you from visual impairment while driving. A cracked windshield is nothing to play around with. Below are some ways that you can keep your auto glass safe in the summer:

Keep a safe distance:

Be sure to keep a safe distance between you and other vehicles on the road. This is especially the case with large trucks such as construction trucks. They are commonly known for kicking up debris such as rocks that can damage your auto glass upon impact. Give yourself a safe distance or safely pass them to keep you and your passengers safe. 

Close your doors gently:

The heat of the summer puts a lot of stress on your auto glass. It tends to expand and contract with temperature changes.  When you slam your doors or even drive carelessly over a bump, this can place added stress on your auto glass. When you already have a chip or a crack on your windshield, it can spread and get bigger. It is important to get your auto glass fixed immediately. Many people consider a small windshield chip to be no big deal which is a big mistake. Windshield cracks or chips need to be addressed right away for a number of reasons. You can avoid this by driving carefully over bumps and gently closing your doors. 

Avoid extreme temperature changes: 

Extreme temperatures also place added stress on your windows. This means that when it is hot out, be sure to avoid blasting the air conditioner on your glass. Extreme changes in temperature can cause cracks to form. When cracks form, the structural integrity of your car is compromised. It also causes visual impairment which reduces how safe you are able to drive. Be sure to leave your windows open a crack so the hot air can escape. 

Repair your chipped or cracked windshield:

You would be surprised at how fast a chip or crack in your windshield can turn into a major visibility problem. By driving around even with the smallest of cracks or chips, you are compromising one of the key safety features of your car. It is best to get them repaired or replaced right away by an auto glass expert before it becomes a serious issue. 

Conclusion

One of the key components to enjoying your summer is keeping safe and cool. This includes driving around in your car. By following the above tips, you can certainly be a little safer while feeling comfortable in your vehicle. These tips also outline some preventative measures so that your auto glass can do the job that its supposed to. Be sure to repair any auto glass that has been compromised by a chip or crack. 

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Liberty AutoGlass is able to repair or replace your chipped or broken auto glass quickly. We use the highest quality materials to ensure longevity while keeping your safety in mind. You can walk away knowing that you and your passengers are safe. We repair and replace auto glass such as windshields, back glass, door glass, vent glass, and quarter glass.

We offer affordable auto glass mobile services and so we come to you to conduct a repair or replacement. Therefore,  you can go on with your day as you normally would. You can rest assured that our technicians are certified and will get the job done properly. Liberty AutoGlass services Carbon County, Lehigh County, Luzerne County, Monroe County, Northampton County, Schuylkill County and Berks County, PA.

Contact us today or give us a call at (610) 377-7787 or (877) 90-GLASS if you have any questions. Click here to view our complete mobile auto glass service area in Pennsylvania.

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