Monthly Archives: November 2015

Precautions for a Safe Drive this Thanksgiving

happy-thanksgivingMost of us welcome Thanksgiving and all the family time that comes with it. As a result, we take our families out on road trips 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 in the coming days of the holiday. 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:

Examine 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 Thanksgiving 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 holiday 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 Thanksgiving break, 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.

 

Terrible Advice for Fixing a Broken Windshield

Broken Windshield

This is a repost of an old blog that many of our readers have found helpful in the past. We have added some tips at the end to help you maintain your windshield if you had just gotten it repaired or replaced or if you simply want to avoid any auto glass damages in the future. 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 windshield 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.

Tips for Maintaining Your Windshield

Why wait until you have a damaged windshield to start really caring for auto glass? With the following tips, you’ll maintain the windshield year round and prevent the glass from needing repairs:

  • Be sure to regularly wash the glass using a microfiber cloth and a high quality windshield cleaner.
  • Avoid washing your windshield under a bright sun; wash when the sun isn’t as bright.
  • Avoid using household products and detergents to wash your windshield.
  • Keep ammonia away from your windshield. A product that has ammonia is Windex.
  • Use WD-40 if you need to remove a sticker or a decal off your windshield.
  • Never scratch the windshield with car keys to remove stickers.
  • Wash windshield wipers often.
  • Replace old windshield wipers before they damage the glass.

A broken windshield 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.

Washing a Car Prevents an Auto Glass Replacement

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Sometimes, you might be unfortunate and find that your car’s windshield has been damaged. Parking in a safer area could have possibly averted the harm. Yet, it is important to remember that your windshield can easily get damaged simply because of your actions and neglect, even if you drive and park in a safe area. There is one particular factor that plays a major role in the shape of your car’s glass, and that’s the cleanliness of the glass itself. If there is dirt, such as mud, bird droppings, or dead love bugs, it can ruin the windshield and windows if not cleaned off for a long time. As a result, it is your priority to keep your car clean, particularly your windshield and windows, in order to prevent an auto glass replacement from becoming necessary.

Why Is Cleaning the Glass Important? Clean glass not only helps clear your driving visibility, but it also protects the glass from damage. For instance, if you spend the day at the beach, your car is most likely going to be dusty at the end of your outing from all the sand the wind blew around. Though sand does not seem to be threatening (after all, kids play in it), it is harmful to the windshield. The tiny grains can scratch the glass, especially if you use your windshield wipers to wipe the dusty layer off of your car. The friction caused by the contact ruins the glass in an awful way, forcing you to get an auto glass replacement, which you want to avoid. The same thing can be said of bird droppings. Although unpleasant, for the most part they seem harmless. Yet, leaving them smudged to the glass will only make them harder to remove. They’ll dry up, and then when you do attempt to remove them, they’ll also scratch at the glass. In the end, all this dirt and scratching will weaken the windshield and windows, leaving them susceptible to getting chips and cracks and easily getting shattered. To top it off, having a dirty windshield also means that your windshield wipers are dirty, and this increases the chance of the glass getting damaged.

How to Thoroughly Clean the Glass So if dirty windshields and windows create a hazard, how do you clean them thoroughly and properly to avert having to get an auto glass replacement? Cleaning glass is actually pretty easy if you follow these tips:

  • If you have dusty or sandy windows and windshield, then you can easily remove the dirt using a damp microfiber cloth. All you have to do is wipe the glass clear, relying on the microfiber cloth to scrub out any rough dirt stains. What’s wonderful about microfiber cloths is that they are soft and gentle, meaning that they won’t scratch at the car’s glass or paint (if you enjoy washing your car at home and need a safe cleaning cloth).
  • If you have bird droppings, it’s important to get rid of them by hand. People tend to use their windshield wipers when on the go to remove these droppings; however, doing so can dirty the wipers and damage the windshield by scratching it. So try to avoid cleaning bird droppings using the wipers. Instead, as soon as you can, soak your microfiber cloth with club soda and use it to wipe away bird droppings. Club soda makes this type of cleaning easy. Then, you can wash the windshield with water and dry it off properly.
  • You should clean your windshield wipers on a weekly basis to prevent getting an auto glass replacement. You can do so by going to a nearby gas station and using their free windshield cleaning tools. Pay special attention to the surface underneath the wipers, as that can hide a lot of grime. You can also rinse off the wipers with water to get rid of trapped dirt.

A Few Additional Tips

Washing auto glass isn’t the only task you should do every so often. The following are just as important to do:

  • Be sure to replace old windshield wipers when they start to see cracks in the rubber and hear screeching against the glass. Usually, windshield wipers need to be replaced every six months or so.
  • fluid_graphicRegularly fill up on the windshield washer fluid, since you might need it to clean the glass at some point while you’re driving.

Washing your car and paying special attention to the windshield and windows can certainly help you prevent an auto glass replacement.

Signs You Need a Windshield Replacement

This is a repost of an old blog we wrote. We are sharing it once more because it is informative, especially since we are nearing winter. So now, imagine you’re driving down the road when something drops straight off a tree and onto your windshield. You’re pretty sure those wild squirrels are to blame, but it’s too late. The glass now sports a small crack, and you’re wondering if this tiny damage will ruin the rest of your windshield and, ultimately, your car. This happens to car owners all the time, and though they hope that if they ignore the damage—whether it’s in the form of cracks, chips, scratches, or the shattering of the entire windshield—it’ll go away, car windshield replacement or repair is a must. Before we dive into everything you need to know about repairing or replacing your windshield, let’s mention a few tips that can help you avoid a major windshield damage.

squirrelObviously, if a squirrel throws a walnut at your car and causes glass damage, it is pretty much out of your control. Nevertheless, in other instances, you can take precautions so that your windshield stays unharmed. For instance, you should do the following:

  • Practice cautious parking by not parking in areas that can easily damage your vehicle, such as beneath a construction building or a fragile tree branch.
  • Regularly refill on windshield washer fluid.
  • Replace old windshield wipers when they start to get cracks and make squeaky noises when used.
  • Wash your windshield thoroughly with a windshield cleaner and not a regular household glass cleaner like Windex.

And now that you know these essential precautions, we will share with you the signs that you need to get a windshield replacement vs. the signs that you just need a windshield repair.

Why it’s Necessary – It shouldn’t be told that repairing or replacing your own windshield is extremely dangerous. Even if you think the small crack can be fixed with just a few tricks someone once told you about, you should be cautious and go to a professional because, more than likely, those tricks are ineffective. After all, it wouldn’t be fun to injure yourself or end up obliterating your car completely. Then you’ll wind up paying more to fix a problem that could’ve been fixed much faster and with less money taken out of your wallet. Thus, having your windshield replaced or repaired by a certified technician is a must. Just make sure to get it checked out as soon as possible, or it could get worse.

Cracks  – Drivers whose windshields are in damaged conditions always ask if all cracks, chips, shatters, or scratches in a windshield need to be repaired, and the answer is yes! Cracks, for instance, can be the most dangerous as they can cause obscuring vision and possibly be the source of accidents. A crack needs to be addressed immediately by a certified technician. However, keep in mind that repairing cracks doesn’t make the cracks disappear, though it will prevent them from spreading and it will restore the structural integrity of the windshield.

Chips – Chips caused by a flying rock or other object may not always need a full windshield replacement. Many chips can be filled in, especially if the chip is not directly in the line of vision of the driver. Still, just like with cracks, it is important to address this problem immediately with a certified technician.

Scratches – While scratched windshields don’t cause any distressing damage to a car, such as by creating the possibility of the entire windshield shattering, they should still be replaced since they obscure the driver’s visibility and can cause accidents.

WindshieldRepairKit-cracksChipsBulleyesStarsShattering Windshield – Car windshield replacement is definitely necessary if the windshield shatters, and drivers with this problem should take their cars to a certified technician immediately. What many people don’t know is that windshields play an important role in supporting a car’s roof. Improper or lack of replacement of the windshield can cause the vehicle’s roof to collapse, possibly injuring someone. So never leave this problem unresolved.

Pay Special Attention to Damage in Cold Weather – Cracks and chips should have immediate attention in cold weather when you turn on your defroster (this is not that frequent in Florida, but it is a must even in warm weather). While you’re waiting to repair any cracks or chips, any dirt or moisture can get into the inner layer of the windshield and leave a stain. The longer you wait, the higher the chance that you’ll end up replacing the entire windshield.

So there you have it. It’s crucial that you repair or have windshield replacement if any cracks, chips, scratches, or shattering occur. Your safety and the safety of others on the road are at stake when these issues take place, so don’t be negligent and take too long to go to a certified technician. Go the same day anything goes amiss with your windshield, but if that’s not an option, do your best to go the following day and take the bus or get a ride from a friend in the meanwhile. Repairing or replacing your windshield when needed cannot be stressed enough.