The elements of Mother Nature can be rough on our homes, properties, bodies and vehicles. In the case of our vehicles, certain design elements and preparations by auto manufacturers have been added over the decades to make driving in inclement conditions easier and safer for everyone. From brighter headlights and window vents to stronger cabins and better tires, the weather is less of a threat to drivers than it once was. Unfortunately, we still have a way to go in some areas when it comes to OEM equipment, but some aftermarket solutions already exist that can help drivers.
The windshield is one of these elements that can be enhanced after it has been purchased. Whether you have a new or used vehicle, there is a good chance that the windshield has not been properly treated or accentuated in the areas it could be to guarantee increased performance when on the road and in stormy weather. Fortunately, there are a few simple ways you can augment your windshield’s performance without breaking the bank. We will discuss these options in the following article and help you decide which ones are must haves for your driving experience.
Inspect Your Windshield
This may seem simple enough, but it’s an oft-overlooked way to ensure that your windshield is both weatherproof and up to safety standards. A free and simple visual inspection of your windshield for chips and cracks can be life-saving in some cases, but usually helps drivers catch unwanted cracks and problems before they become too big to fix. In the case of cracks especially, one wrong move on the road can lead to instant and irreparable damage. A quick inspection followed by a check-up with an auto glass technician can help save you time, money and frustration in the future. With a variety of institutions reporting on the effects that road conditions can have on existing cracks, including the Auto Glass Safety Council, you owe it to yourself and your passengers’ safety.
Another way you can help protect your windshield and ensure better operation in inclement conditions is to have a professional coating of repellent applied. After consistent use, windshields and wipers can begin to lose effectiveness without treatment, cleaning and replacement. Your windshield may suffer from calcium build-up, while your wipers may lose their overall effectiveness. This can create hazardous conditions for you on the road when a thunderstorm or other precipitous event strikes. There are plenty of products and professional solutions available that help repel rain and other forms of moisture as soon as they make contact with the windshield, helping you to see the road ahead in any storm.
Replace Your Wiper Blades
This is a common and easy method of increasing visibility and windshield performance that can be easily forgotten. Most people buy a set of windshield wipers and expect them to last for years, but the average pair of wipers needs to be replaced every year or 10,000 miles. When you purchase a new set of wiper blades, you also help minimize uneven friction on the windshield, which can cause problems for existing cracks or add unnecessary residue to the windshield. Most pairs of blades cost less than $15 and can be found at any auto parts store.
Apply Anti-frost and Defoggers
There are several anti-frost and defogging products now available on the market that can substantially reduce or completely eliminate the accumulation fo frost and fog on your windshield. Most of these products come in spray form and can be applied easily, but a few professional solutions require a bit more work to apply. In either case, an auto parts store or auto glass technician can assist with the application of these solutions. In many cases, people ask for these solutions whenever they take their vehicle in for a windshield repair or replacement. This can help minimize unfortunate accidents in foggy conditions or on dark mornings.
Assuming that you do not need a windshield replacement, almost all of the methods mentioned above are low-cost solutions. All in all, you may spend around $30 to apply some anti-frost, add repellent and install a new set of wiper blades on your automobile. At the end of the day, though, your safety on the road is more important than a few extra bucks in your pocket. By having a waterproofed windshield, properly functioning wiper blades and a layer of chemical that prevents fog and frost from causing mayhem, your safety in inclement weather is drastically improved.
There are several low-cost or free ways to improve your windshield’s visibility and performance in inclement weather, and we hope that the discussion above has given you greater insight into your options. Before you get behind the wheel again in rainy or stormy weather, please check your windshield for damage, replace worn-out wipers and consider a waterproofing treatment to augment the windshield’s overall performance.
Author: Jim Braden, Auto Glass Atlanta LLC, www.autoglass-atlanta.com
Discount Auto Glass Repair – What Should I Look Out For?
Whenever you have to make car repairs, you know how costly and inconvenient it can be. Nobody wants to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars to have these repairs performed, so we often put off those repairs that can be put off. Unfortunately, this can lead to permanent damage to your automobile. In most cases, however, putting off the repairs won’t lead to risk of injury or death – but neglecting your auto glass repair is one of them. When your glass is compromised, so is the strength and protection that your vehicle provides.
With so many auto glass technicians and shops out there these days, it can be difficult to know where to go. Auto glass repair is a task that requires skill and knowledge; when we see discount auto glass services being advertised, these can be appealing if we have no insurance. Unfortunately, these services can be also be of inferior quality. If you are looking for the best deal on an auto glass repair or replacement job but don’t know what to watch out for, then continue reading to find out about some signs that indicate a good (or bad) auto glass company in your area.
Not many Bad Reviews
Any local business that’s worth its weight in salt should have some form of online presence. It is easy these days to manufacture just about any type of online presence – a blog, a website or a forum – regardless of quality. One area in which you’ll be able to spot whether a company is providing consistent and quality service is through online reviews.
Nobody will be able to do business for an extended period of time without conjuring up some online mentions of how their service was received by customers. Especially true if you live in a large metropolitan area, you’ll quickly be able to find the stories and experiences of others who have used this auto glass service. If you cannot find any information about this business, then it generally is a good idea to steer clear of them until more information can be found. The thing with auto glass companies is that you should never have trouble finding a business locally that has a extensive reputation (for better for worse).
Lack of Business Certification
Most businesses that have been in operation for some time will leave a paper trail – whether that be online or at local business organizations. You should be able to quickly fetch information about this business – even if it doesn’t have a website – through the Better Business Bureau, your local Chamber of Commerce or some equivalent entity. You’ll also want to ask the company in question what specific certifications they hold from organizations such as the Auto Glass Safety Council. Many fly-by-night auto glass companies will not have any record with these entities, but many established companies will.
Did you know that the auto glass installation industry in the United States is practically unregulated? This means that just about anyone can slap a couple of stickers on a van and claim to be an “auto glass technician”. Just because you see somebody with a phone number and a work truck that claims to be with the company in question doesn’t mean that they are an auto glass professional. When in doubt, ask as many questions as possible to see whether the company can provide straight answers.
Cannot Provide Referrals
How many businesses fail to keep track of those who have good things to say about them? We’ve all seen comment cards at various businesses, reviews from individuals about business on various review websites, and may have even received a survey via the mail, asking us about our experiences with the company. A discount auto glass company with any credibility will leave at least one of these trails, but should always be able to provide references or referrals of happy customers when others are interested.
A simple request for a referral – whether that be by phone or in-person – should be met with immediate consent. It should also be easy to quickly evaluate the referral; disconnected or wrong numbers, for instance, should be looked into and not be given deference in one of these case.
Any discount auto glass company should be viewed with a bit of initial skepticism. If you currently don’t have auto insurance or need to pay out of pocket for repairs, then you’ll want to find the cheapest solution. Sometimes, however, the cheapest solution is not the best solution. When dealing with auto glass discount companies, you’ll want to be sure that you obtain referrals from the companies in question, do research on their certifications and inspect the internet for bad reviews. In addition to that, use your gut: if something feels weird, then look somewhere else. These suggestions and verification’s can help you avoid having a poor, improper auto glass repair job performed on your vehicle.
Author: Tim Clark, Discount Auto Glass Memphis, discountautoglassmemphis.net
Protecting Your Windshield From the Elements of the Highway
Auto glass is one of the most important features of our automobiles, for several reasons. Not only does it help create a climate of comfort while behind the wheel in regards to temperature and humidity, but it also blocks harmful debris and winds from entering the cabin. In addition to this, our windshields and other forms of auto glass keep the vehicle structurally secure in the event of a rollover; more than half of your car’s rollover strength in some cases will be the result of the windshield. This is why your glass should always be a top priority when it comes to its functionality.
All forms of driving present risks when it comes to auto glass damage, but the highways and interstates present far greater risks due to the speeds and the amount of traffic on the roads. There are several different scenarios that can occur while behind the wheel on the highway that may result in damage to your auto glass or your vehicle at-large. While not all forms of damage can be avoided, there are many examples of damage of which the risk can be minimized by taking the proper precautions. In the following article, we’ll discuss some of these risks and what you can do to minimize the chances of damage or injury.
You will no doubt encounter plenty of tractor trailers and semis on the highways and interstates, which present a unique challenge to our driving experiences in and of themselves. When it comes to your auto glass and vehicle, however, the combination of high speeds and these large vehicles can present opportunities for debris to cause damage, in the form of busted tires, and rocks and debris falling from the roofs of the trailers. In order to minimize the likelihood of this occurring, you should follow the general rules of the road: the most important thing you can do is keep a safe distance from these vehicles at all times. When directly behind a tractor trailer, be sure to keep at least five – preferably ten – vehicle lengths between you and the tractor trailer. This will give you time to react in situations with larger forms of debris and enough distance for smaller forms of debris to strike the ground (and not your windshield).
On roads and highways where there is frequent traffic, an accumulation of oils and other types of residue is commonplace. These traditionally adhere to the road and cause minimal problems – until inclement weather strikes. Taking into account the variable of tractor trailers that we mentioned above, wet roads often result in these oils being displaced and sprayed into the air by passing vehicles. This can lead to a coating of oils on your windshield, which make it more difficult to see in some cases. The best way to avoid this is to consistently apply protective layers of glass treatment that will reduce the amount of this material that adheres to your windshield when using your wipers. Allowing this oil to accumulate without remedy can make it very difficult to remove at a later time.
Ice and Snow
It is much more common to encounter overpasses and bridges while on highways and interstates, which makes winter weather a more dangerous element than on other roads. The thawing of ice and snow from overpasses can result in large chunks of frozen material falling from these surfaces and onto the roadways. While it can be difficult to anticipate when this will occur – especially while driving down the highway – you should always be aware whenever passing under a bridge or overpass in the winter of this possibility. By keeping an eye out ahead of time, before you pass under one of these structures, you may be able to spot an area or lane where more danger exists, and can safely maneuver to another lane before reaching the area.
Frequently-trafficked roadways are susceptible to more forms of damage between resurfacing and paving projects, so potholes can be a common occurrence when driving on these roads. A piece of auto glass that already has microscopic damage can suddenly become a huge and visible issue when making contact with a pothole, sending vibrations through the vehicle that cause the damage to spread. It’s not always possible to avoid these potholes, but much like winter weather, you may be able to anticipate them ahead and make the necessary lane changes to avoid them. Particularly if you drive on these roads regularly, it can become common knowledge to know where all the potholes along a route exist.
By knowing what to expect on the road ahead, you can be prepared – even when you may not know when it will strike. Elements such as winter precipitation, potholes, debris from tractor trailers and oils all present unique and real threats to your driving experience and auto glass, so be careful out there. By knowing what to expect and when it is likely to manifest, you can adjust your driving routines to reduce the likelihood of these events.
Author: David Hall, Dallas TX, Deep Ellum Auto Glass, http://autoglassdallas.net