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Summer Travel Plans

Many people are having cabin fever after isolating these past weeks. Although health officials are urging all Americans to avoid any nonessential domestic travel, there are many families who will travel in the months ahead.

Consider these tips for any driving trip you may be considering to stay safe.

Take Time to Prepare

Even if you are an expert at traveling, things are different now. Each state may have different rules. Be aware of changes to toll collection, rest-area rules, just to name a few. The Federal Highway Administration should have the latest information about any Covid-19 related changes which are state-specific.

Packing and sanitizing

Be sure to pack some essentials that you may not have had to consider for previous trips.  These include hand sanitizer, disinfecting wet wipes, disposable gloves, sealable disposable plastic bags and tissues.

Good hygiene on the road is much like that at home with thorough hand washing before eating and after using the rest room.  This may require extra vigilance when it comes to high-traffic roadside stops such as gas stations and public bathrooms, It is advisable that drivers wear disposable gloves while pumping gas, rather than worrying about wiping down the nozzle itself. Discard the gloves outside your car or seal them in a plastic bag for disposal later if a trash can isn’t available.

In public restrooms, be careful not to touch fixtures like the faucet or door handle after washing your hands, which she says “defeats the purpose” of handwashing (instead, use a piece of tissue or paper towel to shield your hands after washing).

Another tip: Pay for gas with cards, not cash. This eliminates the face-to-face interaction necessary for a cash transaction, and cards — but not cash — can always be cleaned with a disinfectant wipe after use.

Dining

Restaurants in some states are resuming dine-in service — but expect changes like limits on the number of guests allowed inside and extra space between tables. In states where a sit-down meal still isn’t allowed, drive-through and takeout service are typically available instead.

Overnight Stays

If you need to stay somewhere overnight, call ahead to confirm your reservation; some hotels have closed, especially in big tourist centers. But many of the hotels from major chains that you’ll find along highways are still operating.

Hotels are also rethinking their approach to sanitization and social distancing in light of the outbreak and have announced ramped-up cleaning and safety standards to be rolled out in the weeks and months to come, like the use of hospital-grade disinfectants and contactless guest check-in procedures.

The American Hotel & Lodging Association has also developed guidelines that outline stringent cleaning procedures for everything from elevator buttons to exercise equipment.

It is recommended to use your own sanitizing supplies on “high-touch” surfaces in your room. This includes wiping down exterior and interior doorknobs and handles; the TV remote and bathroom fixtures; and any surfaces on which you’ll rest your belongings, like tabletops or the area around the bathroom sink.

Why LP Auto Glass?

windshield repairAt 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.

Love Bugs are Back

car glass repairIn this blog, let’s discuss the pesky thing that have shown up recently. They will be climbing all over your car, having dates with other love bugs, and going everywhere with you. They will even have a full life on your car and die there happily. And while they’re harmless creatures to you, they can be really harmful to your car. After all, the acidity in their body can cause your car’s paint to peel. So what do you do? How do you prevent love bugs from staying on your car and, worse yet, decomposing? Here are our top auto detail tips:

Regularly Wash Your Car

As a rule, always wash your car when you get the chance. And we don’t mean that you should be washing your car every time you have a work break or a school break or just nothing to do. What we do mean is that you should wash your car regularly. Typically, washing the car at least once a month is ideal, but during love bug season, it’s a good idea to wash the car at least once a week. This auto detail is especially important to follow when you see love bugs on your car. The longer you wait to clean them off, the more likely they are going to decompose and ruin the paint.

Use a Bug Cleaner and Microfiber Cloth

It is best to take your car to a professional car wash, especially when you see dead love bugs on your car. Why? Because car washes typically have the best tools and products that are safe for your car and its paint. Meaning that when you have a stuck love bug on your car’s bumper, the car wash can gently remove it without letting the paint peel off with it.

However, if you prefer washing your car yourself, be sure to avoid regular household cleaning products and tools; these include: regular soap, detergents, sponges, towels, rags, Windex, and the like. While these products might clean things around your house, they are too harsh for a car and its delicate paint.

What you’ll need to get are two microfiber cloths, a high quality, biodegradable car detergent, and a biodegradable degreaser. Microfiber cloths are fine and soft, which makes them ideal for washing cars since they can’t scratch the paint or glass, and the reason you should purchase car products that are biodegradable is because it is illegal in the state of Florida to let chemically-filled soapy water down storm drains. We recommend SuperClean Cleaner-Degreaser, which is biodegradable, to use when removing love bugs.

When removing love bugs, be sure to spray your car with water first and then apply the degreaser over the love bugs. Let the product sit for a few minutes, until the bugs are softened, and then take the microfiber cloth and wipe the bugs off. They should come off easy, and if they don’t, you’re doing something wrong and should stop before you ruin your car.

Afterwards, be sure to wash your car and remove any degreaser residue.

Wax Your Car or Use a Paint Sealant Treatment

Although you can’t exactly get rid of love bugs, you can prevent them from sticking to your car. The easiest ways are getting your car waxed or using a paint sealant treatment. Both methods make your car’s paint slippery, which force the love bugs to slide off.

These simple yet effective auto detail tips should help you remove love bugs safely from your car without damaging the paint.

Start Your Car Once a Week

mobile windshield repairWith a majority of vehicle owners living in areas of the country that have stay-at-home orders, many vehicles may be sitting idle for days or weeks at a time. The non-profit Car Care Council recommends starting your car at least once a week and keeping up with routine auto care to help prevent potential maintenance issues.

“Just as it is recommended that people stay active during this time of social distancing, your car should get some activity as well,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “If your vehicle sits idle for too long, the battery could die, the tires can develop flat spots and the engine oil may start to deteriorate. Just a short solo drive once a week and a little car care will keep your car running efficiently and safely.”

When starting your car weekly, let it run for at least five minutes. If the vehicle is started in a garage, make sure the garage door is open and there is plenty of ventilation. In addition, the Car Care Council suggests monitoring the following areas of your vehicle if it sits idle for long periods of time.

Battery – Today’s vehicles have several computers that are always in operation, so if a car sits too long without recharging, the battery could die within a couple of weeks.

Tires – Maintain proper tire pressure to improve vehicle performance and gas mileage. Doing so is also important for vehicle safety. Checking the tire pressure frequently is more important if the car is parked for long periods of time. Vehicles that sit idle too long can develop flat spots, so taking a brief drive every once in a while will help prevent bald spots, and recharge the battery, too.

Fuel – Today’s modern fuel systems help preserve the life of the gas in your tank and also prevent fuel oxidation. Keeping a full tank of gas helps limit gas-tank condensation. If you are still concerned about the gas in your tank going bad, a fuel stabilizer may help extend the life of your fuel.

Oil – If a car sits too long, the oil can deteriorate, so continue to change the oil at the proper time intervals, even if you are not driving your normal mileage. It is always best to check the owner’s manual for the maximum time you should wait between oil changes.

Brakes – If a car sits idle, rust can start to form on the brake rotors, especially if the car is parked outside. Driving your car at least once a week will help prevent rust buildup.

Cleaning – Removing the grime and sediment that builds up on the outside of your car helps prevent rust, and cleaning the interior is important, too. Wipe down the dashboard, steering wheel, cup holders, door handles, vents and console with a quality, all-purpose automotive cleaner that will help disinfect the interior areas of your vehicle.

reprinted from Car Care Council

Prevent Windshield Repair

rain on windshieldPrevent Windshield Repair – In the last few weeks, we have encountered a few days of weather advisory with rain and wind. 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 heavy rain precautions. 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.

National Car Care Month

windshield repairNational Car Care Month in April is the perfect time for simple driveway car care to make sure your vehicle is operating safely and dependably for essential trips during this trying time. Many shops have remained open in stay-at-home areas and most have instituted polices to ensure limited personal contact, allowing you to drop off and pick up your vehicle quickly and safely.

A driveway vehicle check only takes about 10 minutes. These simple steps will help keep you on the road so you can run important errands and arrive safely to your destinations, If you find your vehicle needs service, automotive repair is considered essential, so call your trusted local repair shop.

Inspect the following items as part of a simple driveway vehicle inspection:

  • Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering and brake and transmission, as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  • Check the hoses and belts that can become cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or show signs of excessive wear. These are critical to the proper functioning of the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering and the cooling system.
  • Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
  • Check the wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and inspect and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation. Keep the reservoir filled with solvent.
  • Check your windshield for any cracks. Even a small crack can get larger if you hit a bump in the road, putting you and your passengers at risk.

partially reprinted from the Car Care Council

Preventing Windshield Repair

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 glarain on windshieldss, 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.

Windshield Repair Mistakes

windshield repairYou have a crack in your windshield and need a windshield repair. You go to YouTube and find a video that shows you how to repair it. Simple, right? Wrong!

First of all, the average person is not qualified to assess whether the damage is fixable as a do it yourself project.

Our certified technicians have seen some drivers make a small problem into a major problem.

Common windshield repair damage mistakes

Using a do-it-yourself kit. If you are not familiar with the process and materials, you can actually cause more damage, instead of fixing the original chip.

The video you watched seems simple enough. The video could have been made by a professional who is trained to do repairs, because they have a steady hand and have done hundreds of repairs. This does not guarantee that you will get it right.

Many drivers choose to just keep driving until it gets worse. This is an unsafe decision. Drivers and passengers could be cut by broken glass if your windshield finally caves in when you hit a bump.

Avoiding common windshield damage mistakes

The best choice is to take your car to a professional auto glass repair shop right away. Let the pros do the work.

Mobile Service

The good news is that you don’t have to waste a whole day waiting in the shop waiting room while your repair is done. Let us come to your home or office so you can go about your day.

Insurance Claim

Florida insurance will reimburse you to replace your damaged windshield. With our direct billing to the insurance company, there is no hassle on your part and we offer a Lifetime Warranty on your windshield replacement.

So it makes good sense to have the experts install your new windshield, saving time and money at Low Price Auto Glass Orlando, family owned an operated since 1988.

Spend some tax money on your car

windshield repair orlandoIt’s the time of year again when the big tax refund checks are in the mail. With the average tax refund expected to be nearly $3,000, you might be thinking about splurging on something special. However, being practical with some of your refund might be a better choice, like preventative vehicle maintenance.

Car owners can actually save more money in auto repairs in the long run by routinely spending small amounts on preventative maintenance, including a thorough annual vehicle inspection. Following the recommended maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual is like insurance. By spending a small amount on auto care more regularly, you protect yourself from larger expenses later on.

With proper care, the typical vehicle should deliver at least 200,000 miles of safe, dependable performance. The most common routine maintenance procedures and repairs include checking the oil, filters and fluids, belts and hoses, brakes, tires and the HVAC system. The non-profit Car Care Council also recommends an annual tune-up and wheel alignment.

Routine car care will also help keep your vehicle running dependably and improve its fuel economy, so you can avoid unexpected car trouble and save more money at the pump.

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.

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.


Regularly 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.

Making Windshield Replacement Run Smoothly

windshield replacementWhile 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/who will, however? A certified technician. Besides, calling for a car windshield repair will help you get your windshield replacement 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.