Windshield Wiper Maintenance

windshield wipersWindshield wipers are constantly overlooked when it comes to maintaining a car’s health. Drivers inspect tires, lights, and brakes and change the oil of their cars when necessary; they even make sure to keep their windshields clean so their visions aren’t obstructed while driving. These are matters that they rarely neglect. Nevertheless, drivers forget that windshield wipers are also important to take care of and examine from time to time. At the end of the day, it is windshield wipers that can enhance or diminish the condition of auto glass. They were invented to keep rain out of your windshield so you can drive safely, but without the proper care, they could damage the glass and put you and the lives of others in danger while you’re on the road. So here’s what you can do to uphold your windshield wiper maintenance in their prime months:

How long should you keep windshield wipers?

Over many months of regular use, windshield wipers can deteriorate. It’s simply in their nature, and there’s no way around it. You should never keep old wipers in action, even if you think they can last a little longer. With the sun constantly striking and rain taking its toll on auto glass, windshield wipers eventually need to be replaced, and if you continue their use, you could be prompting your windshield to get scratched or, worse yet, cracked. So, how long do windshield wipers usually last before becoming destructive? It all depends on how much strain your wipers have dealt with; though, usually, wiper blades (the rubber portion that touches the glass) last somewhere around six months to a year. So you should never keep your windshield wipers longer than that.

Signs that you should replace your windshield wipers

Obviously, if your windshield wipers get damaged earlier than the approximate six months to a year that they’re supposed to last, you should replace them then instead of wait. Some signs that it’s time to replace your windshield wipers are noticeable rough cuts and cracks as well as worn rubber, which can occur from constant use, the drying sun, and air debris. For this reason, it’s important to inspect your windshield wipers on a regular basis by making sure nothing looks out of place or frayed. At the same time, while in use, pay attention to the sounds your windshield wipers make. For instance, do they vibrate against the auto glass or make a lot of scratching noise? If these occur, it is definitely time to replace them since relying on them can really damage the glass.

How to clean your windshield wipers and what not to do

While you can’t avoid their decline due to rain, sunlight, and old age, you can take care of your windshield wipers so that they last for as long as possible and protect your auto glass. The best way to ensure they remain in a great condition is to clean them. You can do so when you fill up on gas. Most gas stations have free windshield cleaning tools that you can use to rinse off dirt. So, every time you go to a gas station, make sure to clean your windshield, paying special attention to the surface underneath the wipers, as that can cover a lot of grime. Additionally, if you travel to a location outside of Florida where you encounter snow, remove the snow off your windshield manually rather than by using your windshield wipers, or else you could lose your wipers then and there and end up breaking the glass in the process.

Preserving your car’s windshield wipers is very essential. With these simple tips, you’ll have clean, durable wipers that keep your vision clear during rain on top of helping you protect your windshield and stay safe. Just remember to frequently check on your windshield wipers’ condition just as you would any other component of your vehicle. Moreover, get yourself in the habit of cleaning under your car’s wipers and all over the windshield when you’re at gas stations, and you’ll positively be golden.

Back-to-School Car Safety

back to school car safetyIt’s time for back-to-school and it’s time to help families remember back-to-school car safety for car pools, playdates, soccer games and more.

There is always a lot to do before school starts and making sure your vehicle is running safely and efficiently should be at the top of that ‘to-do’ list.

  1. Check lights and wipers for visibility. With shorter days and inclement weather ahead, make sure lights and wipers function properly so that you can see and be seen. Check wiper blades for signs of wear and replace if necessary.
  2. Get an annual brake inspection. The braking system is your car’s most important safety feature. Before carpool season gets in full swing, make sure that your brakes are functioning properly. Schedule a brake inspection and look for warning signs that your vehicle may need brake service, such as an illuminated brake light or screeching, grinding or clicking noises when applying the brakes.
  3. Check tires for under inflation or excessive wear. Check tire pressure and refill underinflated tires, including the spare, and look for uneven wear and check tread depth.
  4. Make sure everyone is buckled up. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website has important tips on seat belt fit and position. For the younger ones riding along, the site has information about how to install car seats as well as guidelines on selecting a car seat or booster based on your child’s age and size.
  5. Consider a back-up detection device. Consider having a back-up detection device installed that provides rearview video or warning sounds when moving in reverse. While drivers should not rely solely on these devices, they can help to reduce the risk of back-over incidents along with following other prevention tips .

Back-to-school car safety should be on the top of every family’s mind as we start this busy time of the year with our children.

reprinted from the Car Care Council

Heart of Hurricane Season

hurricaneWe are entering the heart of hurricane season, and we all know what this means for Orlando’s residents. If a hurricane does not pass through Florida, storms still manage to attack and disrupt our daily lives. However, if a hurricane does pass through Florida, shelter is a must. That is why it’s a wise idea to be prepared for such an event ahead of time. This requires planning with your entire family, building a disaster supplies kit, and taking other precautions in order to have hurricane protection.

Here is all you need to do:

Plan with Your Family It’s always important to plan with your family in case you are not together when a hurricane occurs. Where will you take shelter? How will you contact one another? During this planning period, think of different scenarios and have each member of your family discuss what will take place, where they’ll go, how you’ll find each other, etc… This includes discussing what will happen when the kids are in school, when the parents are at work, when the college students are driving back from classes, and any other possible situation.

Build a Kit Next, build your emergency disaster kit. This kit should include one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days (for drinking and sanitation), a minimum of three-day supply of non-perishable food, a radio, a flashlight, extra batteries, a first aid kit, a manual can opener, a cell phone with chargers, among other necessities and tools.

Remove Any Outdoor Objects If you have any chairs, tables, potted plants, or decorations outdoors that could easily be picked up by a hurricane and thrust away, be sure to move them indoors where they are safe. Doing so gives you hurricane protection against these items being shoved against a glass door or window, leading to a bigger disaster.

Hurricane Season – For Your Car:

Park Your Car in a Garage or Away From Trees Just as you have to safeguard yourself and your house, you need to safeguard your car. If you park it outside when you have space in your garage, then take advantage of this garage. Protect your car from the outside storm which could seriously harm it. Though, if you can’t park it under a roof, be sure that it is at least away from a tree or a line of trees. You want to avoid the possibility of having a weak tree fall on your car as much as possible.

Keep Your Gas Tank Full in Case of an Evacuation Even if your car is parked inside your garage, keep it there on a full tank of gas. This is a crucial hurricane protection step since it will help you if you are told you have to evacuate the area. You don’t want to drive in a storm with little gas to go on.

Make an Emergency Kit for Your Car Even if you never evacuate your house or shelter, having an emergency kit specifically for your car is essential. Like the disaster kit in your house, your car kit should have water and non-perishable food, radio (battery or hand cranked), flashlight, manual can opener, cell phone and car charger, clothes, blankets, first aid kit, jumper cables, and more. If you have babies and/or pets, you should also have baby formulas, milk, and pet food in the car.

Having hurricane protection in Orlando is a must so you can be prepared even if the worst takes place. Make a plan with your family, and you’ll have ease of mind.

Getting Your Student’s Car Ready for College

Now is the time to get your student college ready but it should also be a time to get your student’s car college ready. Seeing your student off to college is an emotional transition, especially if they are going far from home. The last thing on a college student’s list is checking the condition of the car they will take to school. Usually the parents handle the routine maintenance of the car but no matter who does it, it shouldn’t be overlooked. Advanced planning for a well-maintained vehicle can offer peace-of-mind to parents.

Check it Out

Having the car checked out from top to bottom can help avoid future problems. After all, your student has enough to worry about with his/her studies without having to spend time at a mechanic.

The following is the most overlooked items: tires and tire pressure, hoses and belts, air filters, wipers, headlights and tail lights, fluid levels (engine oil, power steering, brake, transmission, windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant. Don’t forget to check the battery.

A properly maintained vehicle is safer and more dependable. A checkup before your student goes to college will allow you to have repairs done at him with your own mechanic who knows the vehicle. There is a Shop Finder on the Car Care Council’s website to help locate the nearest repair facility if need be.

The Necessities

It’s always a good idea to have roadside assistance. Also, you should have jumper cables, flashlight (with batteries), blankets, water, and non-perishable snacks, a first aid kit, and a portable USB charger in the trunk. If the college is located up north, an ice scraper and small shovel may be a good idea also.

Put a list of important telephone numbers in your child’s cell phone and in the glove box in case of emergency. There could be a time when the cell phone is out of bars and an emergency occurs.

So, do your best and don’t delay. Get the car checked out for your peace of mind.

Traffic Ticket Myths

traffic ticketWe all have heard ticket and traffic law myths throughout our lives. We might have even passed them on as advice to others without knowing that they are just myths. And of course, wrong advice can mislead someone and put them in an iffy situation, and that can go terribly bad when a cop is involved. So, to help you prevent such uncomfortable/dreadful circumstances, we are sharing the most common ticket and traffic law myths.

Myth #1: Stating That the Radar Gun Was Broken Gets You Out Of a Ticket

It is true that radar guns can malfunction just like any other device can. However, the likelihood of this happening is very small. As a result, if you argue to a judge that the radar gun was broken, he will ask for evidence and request proof that the radar was incorrect. Thus, unless you were truly wronged when you were clearly driving at the speed limit, this excuse will not get you out of a ticket.

Myth #2: Mistakes on the Ticket Will Get You Out of Trouble No one wants to get a ticket. They can be expensive, humiliating, and just awful. However, if you do get a ticket, there is no way to avoid the citation. Even if you find a mistake on the ticket, such as the cop’s missing signature or a misspelled name, you will still have to pay the fine. And this does include mistakes such as getting your license plate number wrong. So just be careful on the road to avoid getting ticketed. That is, after all, the best way to stay out of trouble.

Myth #3: Driving With the Flow of Traffic Will Get You Out of a Speeding Ticket Unfortunately, arguing with a cop about the flow of traffic and how you were driving just like any other car will not get out of a speeding ticket. The fact of the matter is, cops can’t stop every single car that speeds. They simply pick one speeder to make an example out of. So don’t use the excuse “but others were speeding” to get out of a ticket. Ever heard of the saying “If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you too?” Well, this is similar. Don’t follow the herd into self-destruction, and the ticket will never have your name on it.

Myth #4: You Can Get a Ticket for Driving Barefoot Great news! It is totally legal to drive barefoot. The only time a cop will give you a ticket for driving barefoot is if being shoeless interferes with your driving and puts you and others on the road in danger. So if you love going barefoot when you drive, just be sure you don’t find pressing the gas and brake pedals with your bare foot uncomfortable.

Myth #5: Flirting and Crying to a Cop Will Get You Out of Trouble Now imagine this: if every person stopped by a cop for not following a traffic law flirted or cried, would all of them not get a ticket? Probably not. Every cop and situation is different. One cop might be more understanding while another might find you to be completely in the wrong. Flirting or crying doesn’t do much to change the outcome. In the end, it all comes down to the situation. For instance, if the cop sees that you truly didn’t mean to speed and that you understand what you did was wrong and he sees that you have no past history of reckless driving, he might simply give you a warning.

What did you think of these most common ticket and traffic law myths? We hope this list helps you stay out of trouble and drive safely!

LP Auto Glass Orlando Benefits

At Low Price Auto Glass Orlando, we are your source for high quality auto glass in Orlando, Fl. We have been in the auto glass, windshield replacement business since 1988.

We service all types of vehicles including domestics and foreign as well as Semis, Trucks and RVs.

We offer competitive pricing and quality OEM glass that will guarantee our customers the best prices for your auto glass replacement!

We carry a large inventory of auto glass to complete each of our customer’s needs. Our auto glass replacement can be done here at our facility or at your location within a 30 mile radius in the Orlando Metro area.

For windshield replacement we come to your home or business within 30 miles of the Orlando area! We service the following counties: Orange, Seminole, Lake, Volusia, and Osceola.

100% customer satisfaction guaranteed! – If for any reason our windshield replacement service did not meet expectations, the problem will be resolved at company’s expense. If your windshield replacement did not meet your expectations, a replacement will be provided.

Certified Specialists – Your auto glass can be replaced by our professional certified technicians without a hassle. Our installers carefully clean and always prime the windshield before installation. They also use suction cups or at least disposable gloves while installing the windshield to insure that the adhesive surface of the glass does not become contaminated. After an accident is the wrong time to find out your windshield was improperly installed.

Direct billing to your insurance! We work with your insurance company to get you back on the road fast!

We will not be undersold! We will beat any price! Because of our reputation and strong buying power, we are able to offer our customers quality auto glass workmanship at the lowest prices. We refuse to be undersold! To date, we remain one of the largest independent retail glass shops in the United States.

Rain and Your Windshield

Prevent Windshield Repair – Rain isn’t the most terrible element people encounter while driving. Hail, too, can be a dreadful element when people are driving. It could chip or crack the car glass, making the windshield unstable. However, while people can’t exactly take precautions against all elements, they can take precautions against rain. Heavy rain, particularly during a big storm, can be just as threatening. In the midst of a rainstorm, the one thing drivers usually do is turn their windshield wipers on maximum speed. Turning your windshield wipers on a top speed causes immense friction against the glass, which can lead it to a  scratched or broken windshield. Therefore, it’s important to protect your car glass prior to facing rain in order to prevent a windshield repair.

Making Sure Wiper Blades are In Working Condition 

When you have the time, examine your car’s windshield wipers and make sure they are functioning. Wiper blades play a major role in maintaining the windshield. If they’re getting old and you can clearly see cracks and tears in the rubber, they could scratch the glass when you put them to use. Thus, if you’re driving during a heavy storm and your wipers are in an awful condition, you could be destroying your windshield right there and then, one movement at a time.

What you need to do: Don’t neglect your windshield wipers. Look at them closely once a month and any time after you drive in a storm. Search for cuts and worn rubber, and if you find any, replace the wipers with new ones. The life expectancy of wiper blades usually varies somewhere from six months to a year. As long as you inspect them regularly and don’t keep them longer than they are meant to last, you’d be guarding your glass from getting broken and needing a windshield repair.

Keeping Car Glass Clean

Although cleaning your car glass doesn’t directly affect rain, it does maintain your windshield wipers, which, in turn, keeps the glass strong and secure during rain. Otherwise, if you leave the glass dirty, then the wiper blades will also become dirty, making them more prone to cracks and tears in the rubber. Then, the next time it rains, you’d be using worn out wiper blades to shield the glass, but you’d be causing damage instead.

rainrepelInvesting in a Rain Repellent

This precaution is not necessary, but it is highly recommended if you want to do everything you can to avert a windshield repair. Using a windshield rain repellent helps you ward off rain without needing to set your wipers to maximum speed. In fact, with a rain repellent treatment, you might not even need to use your wipers at all. The rain repellent usually does a great job of improving your visibility during rain. Rain-X is a well-known rain repellent product in the market.

What you need to do: You can spray the rain repellent on the glass (the windshield and other windows) and then wipe the excess off. It’s pretty easy using a rain repellent.


Parking Cautiously

How do you park cautiously and how does that defend your car glass from rain? The answer is simple. When you park your car, check your surroundings. Make sure that your car isn’t directly underneath a tree with a weak tree branch that could fall easily. Take a look at anything that could harm your vehicle, even if it’s sunny out and the weather is nice. For all you know, while you’re away, a bad rain could ensue and wreck your car glass. So taking this precaution is an added safety measure.

Taking these precautions against rain certainly will help you avoid a windshield repair. Plus, these recommendations are easy to follow and don’t take long to do. Consequently, there’s really no reason to allow rain to ruin your car glass.

Auto Glass Replacement Steps

windshield repair orlandoWhile your first instinct is to get upset at the damaged windshield you now have, don’t! Feeling upset is not going to fix your car glass. You know what will, however? A certified technician. Besides, calling for a car windshield repair will help you get everything running smoothly in no time. Here is what to do to make sure you, get a quick repair, save money, and have peace of mind:

  1. Start by Taking a Photo

With today’s technology, there is no reason not to grab your phone and take a picture of your damaged windshield. What does this accomplish? It helps you have proof to show your insurance. This way, if they ask for a detailed description of the damage, you can send them an exact picture. Plus, it will help you keep track of the damage before and after it gets a car windshield repair.

  1. Measure the Damage

Did you know that the size of the damage determines whether you are legible for a repair or need a replacement instead? A big crack splitting off in many directions is not the type of damage that typically gets a repair. For that reason, measuring the crack is important. If the damage is less than six inches long, then a repair is probably the best option. Not to mention that depending on your insurance, you could be covered. Yet, if the damage is longer than six inches, your windshield will simply need a replacement.

  1. File an Insurance Claim

Once you have taken a photo and measured the crack, you will need to file an insurance claim. Many auto glass repair shops, like LP Auto Glass Orlando, deal with your insurance for you. However, in the case that you cannot get an auto glass repair shop to file a claim with your insurance on your behalf, you must do it yourself. Usually, if you have a comprehensive coverage, that means you are covered for getting your car windshield repair.

  1. Get Your Windshield Replaced

Once you have done everything else, you will need to call an auto glass repair shop and make an appointment. If you have a major windshield damage, ask for a mobile windshield repair. This service allows a technician to drive to you. It also keeps you safe on the road!

If you do these four easy steps, your car windshield repair should run quickly and smoothly. Plus, you will end up saving money and avoiding stress.

Call LP Auto Glass Orlando at 407-290-3333 today for your auto glass replacement needs.

Cracked Windshield

mobile windshield repairIf your vehicle’s windshield has a small chip or crack, don’t ignore it, fix it. Disregarding a small crack now could lead to bigger problems later. Windshield damage may happen unexpectedly, and should be fixed as soon as possible,”

 A neglected small chip or crack can turn into a larger one, requiring more costly windshield replacement. In addition, drivers could get ticketed and fined if the crack obstructs vision.

When a vehicle owner notices a problem with their windshield, they should not wait to get it fixed. A small chip or crack can grow larger, and if another item like a rock, golf ball or baseball hits the windshield, the damage can expand quickly, compromising safety and requiring full windshield replacement.

Repairing a small chip or crack is inexpensive, easy and quick to fix, and the vehicle owner’s insurance may even pay for the repair. With simple maintenance, you can avoid a much bigger issue.

SAFETY

Your windshield is among the most important safety functions on your car. Your auto glass must all be restored and it’s essential to retain your window and in good condition at all times. Driving with a chipped or cracked windshield may put you and your passengers at risk for injury in the event of a rollover or collision.

The original purpose of a window was to maintain wind road dust, and water from entering the vehicle. This is still a crucial function of the windshield, especially when traveling at speeds which can be standard of modern automobiles. However, hail, rocks, street dirt, and other items might collide together with your glass as you travel from place to place. Usually, these effects may cause a tiny processor or bust to make. When this happens, it is vital that you own it mounted as soon as possible. So that a replacement is unnecessary many times, little chips can be fixed.

Windshield Repair and Replacement

Another purpose of a windshield and auto glass is that they allow you to really have a clear view of traffic and the street around you. Knowing of your surroundings is essential to preventing potentially hazardous conditions and operating safely. Once your windshield is broken or destroyed, your vision could possibly be hindered, putting you and others in danger.

contributing advice: Car Care Council

Auto Glass Repair Mistakes

Realizing that your windshield helps to hold up the roof of your car, making the right decision when you have a cracked windshield is important to you as the driver and your passengers. At Low Price Auto Glass Orlando, we’ve had people come in with the most bizarre windshield repair situations. For one, those people had delayed and neglected to come to us as soon as their broken auto glass occurred. Then, they went ahead and attempted to fix the glass themselves, using the strangest, most flimsy tools at their disposal. We were so shocked at what we saw, that we just had to share it with you so you don’t make the same mistakes. These people had believed advice strangers had given them, but you should be extra cautious when you fall in the same situations with your vehicle’s glass.

Take a look at the worst advice for repairing auto glass:

cracked windshield#1) Tape Can Hold Together Anything, Including Your Broken Windshield

Let’s be clear, tape, no matter in what form, is not going to fix your broken windshield. Adhesive tape is so delicate that you can literally tear it up with your own fingers. Now imagine if you use that tape to hold together a windshield with a chip. Rain can easily soften the tape’s hold on the glass. Even duct tape, which is certainly thicker and bigger, won’t help you. You have a large, heavy windshield in comparison to a piece of tape. It’s not going to hold, and the chip will expand into a crack that then turns into many fissures. Totally not worth it!

#2) Super Glue Permanently Fixes Things, So Why Not the Glass?

cracked windshieldSuper glue, no matter how strong, is not literally permanent. It does have many benefits, such as putting back together the handle on your favorite coffee mug that you accidentally broke. However, when it comes to broken auto glass, you have to remember that you have a big windshield that’s holding up a heavy car roof. That super glue is only going to create a sticky mess that’s going to be impossible to remove later. And guess what that’ll do? That’ll create a blurry windshield with many light glares. Now, isn’t it better to just go to the professionals before all this mess happens?

#3) Nail Polish Makes Nails Strong, So It Has to Work on Windshields!

This advice is so ridiculous, we’re not sure why anyone actually believed it. Nail polish is definitely not going to fix your broken auto glass. Think about it. When someone puts nail polish on their fingernails, it keeps their nails strong for a few days. At first, the color is sparkly and neat, but then it starts to get dull, and that’s when you notice the first chip. Nail polish then peels off, and nails are back to their normal strength. As a result, nail polish is not going to be any different on windshields. It might last for a day or two, but it certainly won’t make a difference. It’ll peel off after being exposed to rain and the harsh heat, and the chip will still turn into a big crack.
#4) There are Special Band-Aids for Windshields That You Can Always Use

Some geniuses out there decided that a great way to fool people into giving them lots and lots of money is to create “special” Band-Aids for windshields.  Let’s be frank, this is just another form of translucent tape, and it’s not going to hold up a heavy, broken windshield. Don’t listen to these advertisements. Be wise and realize that all of this is just a means to strip you of your money.

A broken auto glass needs to be repaired by an expert rather than get fixed with tools that an eight year old uses in his school’s arts and crafts project. Therefore, don’t hesitate to go to a professional auto glass shop, or you might end up facing worse repairs. When you see a chip in your windshield, take immediate action. You’ll be glad in the end.