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The Dangers of Texas Summer Heat

When summer hits Texas, temperatures often soar above 100°F. This intense heat can take a toll on your car and its windshield, creating unexpected safety and health hazards.

Ever notice how quickly a parked car heats up? On a 95°F day, the inside of your car can reach a staggering 129°F in just 30 minutes. This kind of heat is dangerous, potentially causing heatstroke in humans and pets. Heatstroke happens when the body can’t regulate its temperature, leading to dizziness, confusion, fainting, and even death if not treated quickly.

The heat doesn’t just affect temperatures – it impacts air quality inside your car too. When your car sits in the sun, interior materials like plastics and upholstery release volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These can cause respiratory issues, especially for those with conditions like asthma.

Everyday items left in a hot car can also become dangerous.

  • Plastic Water Bottles: Can release harmful chemicals when heated.

  • Aerosol Cans: Can explode, causing damage or injury.

The Texas sun can also wreak havoc on your windshield. Heat causes the glass to expand, and any existing chips or cracks can worsen quickly. A small chip can turn into a large crack, impairing your visibility and safety. The seals and adhesives holding the windshield can weaken, risking the windshield becoming dislodged during a collision.

But worry not! You can take steps to protect yourself and your car. Here are some tips:

  • Use Sunshades or Window Visors to reduce the interior temperature of your car.

  • Park in Shaded Areas or Covered Parking to minimize heat buildup.

  • Repair Chips and Cracks Promptly to prevent further damage to your windshield.

  • Regularly Check Seals and Adhesives to ensure they remain in good condition.

Safety Tip: Never leave children or pets in a vehicle, even for a short time. If you see a child or pet alone in a car during the hot Texas summer, act quickly by notifying the authorities or taking direct action to rescue them.

If your windshield is chipped or cracked, don’t wait for the damage to worsen. Protect your safety and your car by getting it fixed promptly. Call Spencer from Optic-Kleer Plano at 📱 (972) 400-0714. Spencer specializes in professional windshield repair, ensuring your windshield is restored to its best condition, preventing further damage and enhancing your vehicle’s safety.

📱 (972) 400-0714 

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