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Terrible Advice for Fixing Broken Auto Glass

crackedAt 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:

#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?

Super 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?

nailpolish#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. This is obviously complete baloney, but consumers still fell for this trick. 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 when you save a bunch of your dollars.

Precautions for a Safe Drive on Your Summer Vacation

roaddtripMost of us like to embrace the summer and take our families out on long road trips to somewhere truly beautiful and exciting. If you’re reading this blog, then chances are that you also enjoy road trips and are thinking of going on one soon. However, it’s always important to take precautions before rushing with major plans and activities. Otherwise, you might end up with a drained car battery in the middle of nowhere. Thus, there are a few things you need to do in order to ensure that you have a safe drive on your way to wherever you’re going. If you carry out the following tips, you should be good to go:

tirePressureExamine the Tire Pressure Tires can get worn down from months of driving and constant bumps in the road. So it’s natural to have a low tire pressure from time to time. Many new cars nowadays give a warning signal when low tire pressure occurs. Though, if your car doesn’t have this feature, you have no way of knowing unless you check the tires yourself. In fact, even if your car has this feature, it’s best that you check anyway right before your road trip. On the day before and then during the hour of your trip, examine the tire pressure. If any tire appears low, take your car to one of the many gas stations that can adjust the air pressure of your tires for free. Walmart also has this complimentary service.

Inspect Your Headlights and Backlights Next, you should always survey your headlights and backlights in case one or more of them has blown out at some point. It would be terrible, after all, if you ended up driving across the country without good lights to help you see the road clearly. These lights are crucial for a safe drive, so be sure to test if they are working or not. You might need another person’s help, since you’ll need to check the brake lights and your turn signals as well. Inspect these lights ahead of time, preferably a few days before your trip, in order to not rush at the last minute with repairs.

Test Your Car Battery Car batteries can be tricky to examine, especially if you’re not familiar with them. Nevertheless, it’s still important to make sure they are working properly and won’t die out while you’re halfway to your destination. For easy instructions on how to test your car battery, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COJr7OB23Hw

Clean the Windshields, Windows, and Mirrors You don’t want to be driving with a blur in front of you. This will increase the risk of you getting in a car accident and put you and others on the road in harm’s way. Therefore, be sure to clean your windshields, windows, and mirrors before your road trip. Wash the glass with a high quality auto glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth. This will also decrease your chance of dealing with light glares during your drive and help you have a safe drive.

first_aidPlace a First-Aid Kit in Your Car First-aid kits can be lifesavers, because, let’s face it, things can turn for the worst at any given time. If one of your kids in the car suddenly has a stomachache or is nauseous, you don’t want to be unprepared. And what if someone accidentally scraped their hand? It’s always good to have a first-aid kit somewhere in the car. Have basic items such as Band-Aids, Advil, Pepto-Bismol, Benadryl (for allergic reactions), and Neosporin.

Join a Service like AAA No one wants to be stranded on the highway because of a flat tire and no available toll service. That’s why it’s smart to have a service like AAA at your disposal, in case you need some help with your car and are nowhere near your home.’

This summer, have the road trip of your life by taking precautions and having a safe drive. You’ll be more comfortable, and you’ll look forward to your vacation even more.

What are the Top 6 Free Activities in Orlando?

BoardWalkWhether you live here or are just visiting the city, you’re probably thinking of experiencing fun, new things. Disney and Universal Studios, among other attractions, are definitely great, but what can you do on the days that you don’t have tickets to these theme parks? You might be trying to save some money, and that’s ok too. But you can still have an amazing time without paying anything.

There are tons of free activities in Orlando that you probably didn’t know about, and here’s some of them:

 Disney’s Boardwalk Many people don’t know about this boardwalk even though it is an exciting place that is near Disney’s Epcot theme park. In fact, Disney’s Boardwalk offers visitors transportation to the theme park via a boat. At the boardwalk, you can enjoy a nice walk among the various entertainment venues, including singing and recreational activities, such as playing at the arcade. As well, Disney’s Boardwalk has an array of nightlife activities for the young at heart. And if you’re hungry while you’re here, plenty of dining options will welcome you.

UCF Arboretum If you love hiking or bicycling among nature, then you should go to the Arboretum at the University of Central Florida as this is one of the many wonderful free activities in Orlando. There, you will find 82 acres of land bursting with all sorts of native vegetation. There is also a community garden where seasonal crops, like tomatoes and onions in addition to an abundant amount of herbs, grow. Plus, you don’t need to be a student to come and visit this beautiful place. Though, don’t forget to bring your hiking shoes with you.

???????????????????????????????Harry P. Leu Gardens The admission to Harry P. Leu Gardens is $10 per adult; however, on the first Monday of each month, anyone can get in for free and enjoy the lovely botanical garden. Here, you’ll find all sorts of flowers and plants, like banana (the flower), camellia, roses, crape myrtle, ferns, magnolia, and other plants. There are also more than 50 citrus trees, each bearing a distinctive type of citrus. In certain areas of the garden, you’ll be greeted with butterflies that come for particular shrubs and trees. Weddings are hosted here from time to time, so you might even catch a glimpse of one event.

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum This is another one of the amazing free activities in Orlando. Rollins College’s The Cornell Fine Arts Museum is a prominent museum in Orlando. If you are an admirer of art, then you might want to come here as often as possible, since this place has free admissions. Here, there are many collections by well-known traditional and contemporary artists both American and European. Some of the most famous collections you’ll find here are by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Francis Bacon, Winslow Homer, Louis Michel van Loo, Carmen Herrera, Cosimo Rosselli, Ramiro Gomez, and Robert Henri.

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art This museum is another wonderful place for art fanatics. The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art is mainly a glass art museum. Nevertheless, pottery, paintings, sculptures, along with other works by Louis Comfort Tiffany can be found here. One of Tiffany’s exhibits at the museum is the Tiffany Chapel, which was originally in Chicago. It has since been moved to New York and now it has found a home at the Morse Museum in Orlando. Admissions to the museum are free on Fridays from November through April from 4 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

downtown-disneyDowntown Disney Although Downtown Disney is pretty popular as it is, we still have to mention it because it is currently being renovated and it will soon become almost a new place. Over the next months and years, new entertainment venues will be added, including the Boathouse, a restaurant featuring dream boats form the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. These dream boats will be one of the new rides at the park. Even Downtown Disney’s name will change to Disney Springs, and the entire location will be altered to an early 1900s Florida town.

There are countless of free activities in Orlando awaiting exploration by Floridians and visitors. So save your money and come check out these fun, charming places.

Breaking Habits that Can Lead to an Auto Glass Repair

rain repellentWe all have bad habits that we’ve stuck by for many years, but when it comes to our cars, those habits could make the difference between a great ride and an unsafe, unattractive one. For instance, we sometimes allow our cars to remain filthy and dusty for long periods of time, causing our rides to be infested with insects and flies. We even leave dead love bugs on the front bumpers, and we ignore this problem until the paint on our cars begin to chip off. However, we do worse things to our cars, and those bad habits of ours could be the reason we end up going to an auto glass repair shop.

Thus, if you want to prevent this easily avoidable issue, be sure to cut ties with the following habits:

Using Sponges and Towels to Clean the Glass Sponges and towels seem soft, but to the professionals who deal with fixing auto glass on a regular basis, these items are like nails on a chalkboard. Relying on sponges and towels to clean your car’s glass could be the worst technique you’re using. Think about it. What do you usually use sponges for? Sponges are designed to scrub out hard-to-remove stains from grimy dishes and other kitchen tools. As a result, they’re not meant to be soft, and if we clean our cars with them, they could scratch the surface and dull the paint little by little. Regular towels, too, are not smooth because of the material they’re made of. When we dry our hands with them, they don’t affect us; though, if we use towels to dry our cars, we could be scraping at the paint.

spongeYou can’t end the habit without an alternative method to cleaning your car. So what can you use in place of sponges and towels in order to prevent an auto glass repair? The answer is a microfiber cloth (professional car washes use them). Purchase two of this soft cloth and you’ll have two items to replace the sponge and towel with.

Peeling Decals Off With Keys We’ve all dealt with pealing stickers and decals off our cars’ glass, and it’s not a fun experience. You peel, and then the sticker breaks off. And when you finally can’t take it anymore, you reach for your car keys and use them to scratch out the remaining sticker and glue. This habit can cause you to scratch your windshield and windows, so it’s clearly not good.

Instead, spray WD-40 on the sticker or decal that you want to remove and let it set for a minute. After that, you can easily peel the rest of the sticker with your fingernail and remove the remaining glue faster.

Keeping Old Windshield Wipers This is a common habit among young drivers. When your windshield wipers are old and you can clearly see the rubber blades are worn and cracked, you should never leave them to be put to further use. They’ve done their time and need to be thrown out. Continuing their use during rain can be extremely damaging to the glass, so much so that the windshield could shatter altogether.

Therefore, if you want to steer clear from an auto glass repair shop, install new wiper blades.

Getting Auto Glass Tinted at-Home Unless you’re an expert when it comes to car glass (and we don’t mean if you’ve kept the windows and windshield clean for the majority of your adult life), don’t tint your car by yourself. You need the right tools and the proper, legal tinted glass or film. Besides, you don’t want to make mistakes when you tint the glass, so it’s best to leave this to auto glass specialists.

Not Parking Cautiously This is a habit most people are guilty of doing. Not parking cautiously, as in not paying attention to the threats that surround your car when you park, can easily put your car at risk of damages. For example, if you park under a tree, particularly one that has fragile-looking branches, there’s nothing stopping those branches from falling onto your windshield and breaking it. Plus, if there’s a storm, the likelihood of something going wrong arises. So be a cautious parker by inspecting the parking lot before you park in a specific area.

In the end, we all do some of the above guilty habits; though, in order to prevent an auto glass repair, it’s crucial to end those terrible habits and take a good care of our cars’ glass.