Monthly Archives: December 2015

How to Avert a Car Glass Repair by Reducing Glares

glareThis is repost of an older blog we’ve published. We decided to add more helpful details to this blog to help you get rid of glares and prevent an auto glass damage. So let’s get started! You’re driving at night when another car’s headlights suddenly create a glare on your windshield. The strong lights blind you for a few seconds, putting you at risk of colliding with the vehicle in front of you or unintentionally swerving to another lane. This isn’t the first time this has happened. In fact, even in the morning when you’re driving to work you have this problem. Sunlight and just about any strong light create glares, making your driving very dangerous. Though you use the best sunglasses during daylight hours, the issue is unresolved at night. Nevertheless, the solution to this problem is simpler than you think, and it’ll prevent you from having to go to a car glass repair shop to get this fixed.

Avoid Ammonia-Based Products

Many household products that you might be using to clean your vehicle’s glass have ammonia in them, and ammonia is very harmful on cars. For instance, many Windex products have ammonia, and though you can use Windex on regular windows and mirrors, you shouldn’t use it on your car’s glass. Not only does ammonia leave streaks on auto glass (which creates glares while you drive), but it also can ruin the glass if it’s tinted. Over time, ammonia will cause the tint to peel off, leaving you with really horrible windows and windshield. So it’s best to steer clear of ammonia-based products if you don’t want to deal with an auto glass repair.

Avoid Sponges or Towels Throw away your sponges and towels, or at least don’t use them on auto glass. Sponges and towels can scratch the surface of your car’s glass and paint, which makes glares worse and ruins the condition of the glass. Instead, get a microfiber cloth or two (one for washing and one for drying). A microfiber cloth is safe to use on a car’s paint and glass. It is soft and smooth and won’t scratch.

Clean the Windshield Inside and Out The most important action to take in order to maintain your car’s glass, keep the glares away, and avoid going to a car glass repair shop (which can cost you a lot of money) is to start out by cleaning your windshield. Take a windshield cleaner, such as Rain-X Original Glass Treatment or Armor All Auto Glass Cleaner, and spray it over the windshield. Then, using a microfiber cloth, wipe the glass clean. It will sparkle like it should. Then, repeating the same process, clean the other side of the windshield. This will remove dirt and grime that have been building up on the glass and stop windshield glares.

Clean all Windows and Mirrors Of course, cleaning the windshield isn’t enough to remove glares. You can still get glares through your windows and mirrors, as they can reflect other cars’ headlights and obstruct your vision. Before you go to a glass repair shop, take a look at your glass. When was the last time you cleaned it properly? It’s highly necessary to clean all of your vehicle’s glass, including your rearview mirror, if you are having problems with glares.

Clean Windshield Wipers While cleaning your windshield wipers doesn’t directly affect glares, it does help you maintain your windshield’s cleanliness, which in turn removes glares. Thus, it is crucial to regularly inspect your wiper blades and get them cleaned. Use your favorite washer fluid to wet a microfiber cloth. Then, use the cloth to wipe the windshield wipers. This will leave them in a good condition and help you keep the glass in a topnotch shape. However, if your windshield wipers are old and have cracks in them, replace them with new ones, as the old wipers can scratch at the glass and cause even more glares. At the same time, always be sure that you have enough washer fluid in your car so you can keep the windshield clean at all times.

headlightsClean the Headlights Finally, in order to avoid glares and not have to go to a car glass repair shop, clean your car’s headlights. This will help you view the road more clearly since other vehicles’ lights won’t outshine yours and blur your vision. There are a couple of ways to clean the headlights. While wiping them off with a car cleaner and a microfiber cloth is good—even essential—you will find that you need to do more in order to remove the yellow haze that’s on them. Therefore, what you can do is take baking soda and vinegar and combine a little bit of each in a foam cup. Then, you will dab your microfiber cloth in this homemade remedy and use it to wipe the grime and haze off of the headlights. This homemade solution can be very effective toward reducing glares.

With just these few actions, you’ll never have to deal with glares again and you won’t need to go to a car glass repair shop just to feel safe driving on the road at night or during daylight hours. Regularly check your car’s windshield, windows, mirrors, and headlights and get them cleaned properly. It will do wonders when it comes to these irritating glares.

Our Top 4 Blogs on Auto Glass Repair and Maintenance

windshield viewPeople don’t think much about their windshields experiencing problems until problems occur. With lots of drivers on the road this week for the holidays, there will be plenty of traffic and a higher chance of your car getting damaged. In case you end up needing (or currently need) an auto glass repair, check out our top four blogs on auto glass repair and maintenance. They should certainly help you.

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.

Ways to Avoid a Car Glass Repair This Fall It is officially the fall season, which means that winter is getting closer and closer, bringing some cold weather along for the ride. Though, did you know that you’re not the only one that can get irritated by the cold? Car glass can easily get damaged with the change in the weather. With neglect, the windshield can even get damaged to a point of no repair, leading you to pay way too more to replace the glass. However, there are ways that you can take care of the windshield in order to avoid a car glass repair or, in worst case scenarios, a glass replacement.

WindshieldRepairKit-cracksChipsBulleyesStarsWhen You Can Get a Windshield Repair vs. a Replacement Have you ever wondered if driving around Florida with a damaged windshield could get you pulled over by a cop? The answer is YES, you can get pulled over and get ticketed for driving with a damaged windshield. The reason for this is that Florida law deems driving with a chip or crack in your windshield unsafe. It is therefore illegal. That is why, when you see a windshield damage, it is best to go immediately to an auto glass repair shop or, in dangerous driving cases, call for a mobile windshield repair service. Though, when can you be sure that all your damaged windshield needs is a quick repair rather than a complete glass replacement? There are ways you can figure that out before you go or call an auto glass repair shop.

What to Do When You Have a Cracked Windshield to Repair You are on your way to an important event when you pass by a road construction. There are a lot of rocks and debris scattered about, and without being able to do anything about it, a rock hits your windshield. The whole incident takes no more than half a second; it is so quick that you’re not sure what just happened. Even your brain is taking a couple of seconds more to register the new crack in your windshield. You stop your car at the nearest gas station, you throw your hands in the air, and you wonder why this had to happen to you of all the drivers. But now that it has happened, there is no other way around it. You must get it repaired. So what do you do? What are your options when it comes to windshield repair?

These four auto glass repair and maintenance blogs are great guidelines for what to do if your windshield or windows get damaged. So be sure to follow the tips and recommendations for a safer drive this holiday season.

Car Care and Safety Tips for the Upcoming Holidays

holiday_road_trip1Holiday road trips are fun no matter the distance. The anticipation of reaching your destination and getting to enjoy some time off work with your loved ones is wonderful. However, before you take off with your family and/or friends in your awesome car, be sure to check out the below car care and safety tips and examine your vehicle accordingly:

Check the Headlights, Backlights, and Signals Don’t wait until you are on the road with headlights, backlights, or signals that don’t work to do something. Before your holiday road trip, take a look at all the lights and make sure they are working normally. It is also a wise idea to have someone help you see if any lights need replacement. Do this examination a few days before your trip so you’re not rushing at the last minute, but if you still have enough time (and it is recommended), take a look at the lights again the day of your trip.

Inspect the Tire Pressure Along with examining your headlights, backlights, and signals, you should inspect the tire pressure. A few days before your road trip, take a look if you see a flat tire or a tire that seems to be heading in that direction. If you have a flat tire, get it replaced fast. However, if you just have low tire pressure, then you have plenty of time to get it repaired; though, be sure to do so within a day or two and not at the last second before your trip. You can even go to one of the many gas stations out there that fill the air pressure for free. Then, check the tire pressure again right before you leave for your trip (as in the morning of). Many new cars have an awesome feature that tells drivers whether the car has low tire pressure, but even so, it doesn’t hurt to check for yourself. It’ll help you have a safe drive.

Join a Service like AAA Things can go wrong no matter how careful you are. You could examine your car all you want before your road trip and still have a flat tire on the road. Thus, it’s good to have a service like AAA. This will help you get your car repaired or tolled even if you’re outside of your city.

Keep Windshield and Windshield Wipers Clean This car care tip will come in very handy on your road trip. Car owners use windshield wipers not just to clear the glass from rain but to also clean the glass from fog and dirt. Most glares drivers experience while on the road occur due to a dirty windshield, and it is during those moments that drivers use their windshield wipers to wipe the dirt out of their view. Yet, if the wiper blades are themselves dirty, then it’s impossible to thoroughly clean the glass. As a result, be sure to have a clean windshield and clean wiper blades before your road trip. If the wipers are old and starting to make screeching noises, be sure to replace them.

fluid_graphicRegularly Refill on Windshield Washer Fluid Another similar car care tip is to always refill on windshield washer fluid, especially before your holiday road trip, as you might need it when you’re in need of washing a dirty glass while you’re off to your destination.

Don’t wait to the last minute to follow these tips. With these car care and safety tips, you’ll have a better, safer, and more fun time on your holiday road trip this year.

LP Auto Glass Services for Automatic Windows

sunroofLP Auto Glass Orlando offers many services. From fixing windshields to repairing sunroofs and tinting automatic windows, we have got you covered. So it is no wonder that we have many services just for automatic windows. Though, what exactly can you expect out of our automatic window services? And what sort of vehicles do we provide our services for?

Fixing Jammed Automatic Windows Of course we fix jammed automatic windows! Whatever is causing your automatic windows to be stuck, unable to open or close, LPAG will figure out and repair. Jammed windows can occur sometimes, especially to older cars. Occasionally, a fuse or relay will take place, causing a window not to roll up or down. This is an easy fix for us, so you shouldn’t worry.

Repairing Chips and Scratches Even for the Automatic Windows of RVs, Trucks, etc.… Cars are not the only vehicles with automatic windows. For instance, even RVs, trucks, and food trucks have automatic windows, and these auto glass parts can get damaged too. Road debris can hit an RV’s window and end up leaving a mark just as likely as road debris can leave a mark on a smaller vehicle. As a result, LPAG will repair all sorts of damages like chips, cracks, or scratches that occur to these vehicles’ automatic windows. Plus, if the damage is too extreme, like a completely shattered window, LPAG will replace the window altogether. Thus, no matter what vehicle you are driving, we got you covered!

tinted WindowTinting Automatic Windows of All Types No matter what kind of vehicle you have, LPAG can tint your automatic windows. Tinting can be very advantageous for protecting the upholstery from overheating, and it can also help you stay cool in hot weather. Plus, the best way to shield your car against people’s wandering eyes is through tinting the widows; doing so stops thieves from easily seeing what you have inside. Moreover, at LPAG, we tint your automatic windows professionally and while following Florida’s tinting laws. We never go over the tinting limit, so you can sure that you get the best work done on your automatic windows.

Using the Mobile Auto Glass Repair Service to Repair Automatic Windows Although most of LPAG’s services are done in our shop, many times we come to you if your car is in a state that deems it dangerous to drive. For example, if you find that you cannot drive your car because the open automatic windows are jammed and you are driving in terrible weather conditions, you can call for our mobile auto glass repair service. This service lets LPAG come to you and fix your automatic windows without you putting yourself at risk. After all, driving in bad rain with the windows rolled down can be uncomfortable, unsettling, and distracting. So pull over and call LPAG. We will not keep you waiting!

As you can see, our automatic windows services guarantee that all your auto glass needs are met. So no matter what problem you have with your automatic windows, call us or come check us out, and we’ll work to get your windows in the best condition possible.

Most Common Ticket and Traffic Law Myths

copWe 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.

Although it is a popular myth, it is not illegal to drive barefoot in Florida or elsewhere in the U.S.

Although it is a popular myth, it is not illegal to drive barefoot in Florida or elsewhere in the U.S.

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!