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Windshield Replacement – Safe Drive Away Time

What is Safe Drive Away Time?

The term Safe Drive Away Time (SDAT) refers to how long after your windshield is replaced that your car is safe to drive away SAFELY. This will vary depending on the adhesive type used when replacing your windshield. In some cases, it can be as little as an hour or as much as several hours. Type of adhesive, temperature, humidity are all factors when determining the time. Summer weather can have the adhesives cure quicker while winter weather can slow the process down.

Your certified technician will inform you of how much time is needed before driving away. If you are taking the car to the shop, you may be better leaving it there instead of waiting for it. If you are using the mobile service, this is probably not an issue.

What happens if you drive the car before the adhesive cures properly?

While it is an unlikely event that you will have an accident a few hours after your windshield is replaced, it can happen. Your properly installed windshield supports the vehicle’s roof. If the Safe Drive Away Time is ignored, the windshield may not stay in place in the event of a crash. You and your passengers are not safe at that point as the roof could cave in or be ejected through the opening. Knowing the SDAT could save your life

Minimum Drive Away Time

Recently the term Minimum Drive Away Time (MDAT) has been added to the windshield replacement vocabulary.  It is more accurate, as it reflects a minimum amount of time needed before a vehicle could be considered to be operational and safe.

No matter what – Companies should stand behind their drive-away time. If it’s 30 minutes, then that’s the minimum time needed for the adhesive to cure. Some technicians may go further and add more time on top of that minimum, just in case. Better to be safe than sorry!

Call LP Auto Glass in Orlando, Florida for a free quote. Our certified technicians will take care of your windshield to keep you safe.

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Windshield Glass Repair Orlando

Sometimes, our car glass, particularly the windshield, cracks. This doesn’t mean that we’re to blame. A number of things out of our control could have gotten wrong, such as a pebble hitting the glass or a walnut falling from a tree. However, it is in our control that we get a windshield glass repair Orlando as soon as we can in order to fix the crack and keep other glass and car problems at bay. Here are some tips for when you find your car glass cracked and need to take action:

Go to a Professional Auto Glass Shop As Soon As Possible

No matter how tiny the crack is, you should never delay getting a windshield glass repair. The longer you wait, the more the crack will spread into many fissures, splitting off in different directions, and leading the glass to ultimately shatter. Plus, you really, really (this cannot be stressed enough) don’t want to be driving when the used-to-be-tiny crack on your windshield suddenly shatters into millions of pieces in your face. When you have a crack in the glass, anything can cause it to spread and break, including rain and driving over road bumps. So as soon as you see a crack, or even a chip, make a note to go to a professional auto glass shop as soon as you can. Don’t wait a week or longer. Within the next two days, you should have your windshield fixed. Though, if the crack is big, refrain from driving your car and find another method of transportation.

In the Meanwhile . . . Examine the Crack

Even if you scheduled some time to take your car to an auto shop and fix the windshield crack, it’s important that you inspect it yourself as soon as it occurs. For instance, if you’re driving to work when a pebble from the road suddenly hits the glass, you should stop when you get the chance and take a look at the situation.

How bad is the crack and where is it located on the windshield? If the damage is just a tiny chip, you’re not in a big risk, which means that you can temporarily drive your car until you go to an auto shop within the next few days to get it replaced.

On the other hand . . .

If the damage is a major crack that’s splitting in many directions, you should probably avoid driving and instead call a mobile windshield repair professional to come. This also holds true if the crack is obstructing the driver’s view.

Temporary Solutions – There are, of course, temporary solutions that you can do from home, like using an auto glass repair kit. If the damage on your windshield is minimal, like a small chip, then it is safe to rely on one of these kits for a temporary repair of a chip but if done incorrectly you will need a windshield replacement.

Future Precautions

In order to prevent cracks from ruining the windshield, it’s crucial to regularly check on the status of the glass. Knowing if there are any chips can help you repair them before they turn into cracks. Furthermore, don’t use regular sponges to clean the glass. Purchase a microfiber cloth; it won’t scratch or cause damage. Though, what’s really important toward protecting the windshield is to frequently clean the glass and windshield wipers.

Next time you find yourself dealing with a car glass damage, it is essential that you get immediate windshield glass repair. You’ll be doing what’s right in maintaining your car and keeping yourself safe when you drive.

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Broken Windshield

It is a safety issue when you have a broken windshield. A windshield does more than just give you a clear view of the road in front of you. It holds up the roof and is the backboard for air bags if they need to deploy.

How did the windshield get broken?

It may have been a car accident. It may have been vandalism. It may have been road debris. It may just be a hot day that causes the crack. It really doesn’t matter how the break occurred. It just has to be replaced. Replacement is a good option because repairing a windshield doesn’t always keep a small crack to becoming a major one. Our certified technicians can do an assessment and give you good advice.

We have a full inventory of car glass for all domestic and foreign cars. Windshield replacement can be done in our shop or at your home or office.

Having a windshield replaced is good for your safety and that of your passengers.

Insurance Claim

The good news that in Florida, windshield replacement is covered by insurance and we at LP Auto Glass Orlando will take care of all the paper work.

About LP Auto Glass Orlando

We carry a large inventory of glass. 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 have been in the auto glass, windshield replacement business since 1988.

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Damaged Windshield Florida Statute

Can I get a ticket for a damaged windshield?

Florida statute 316.610 reads:

It is a violation of this chapter for any person to drive or move, or for the owner or his or her duly authorized representative to cause or knowingly permit to be driven or moved, on any highway any vehicle or combination of vehicles which is in such unsafe condition as to endanger any person or property, or which does not contain those parts or is not at all times equipped with such lamps and other equipment in proper condition and adjustment as required in this chapter, or which is equipped in any manner in violation of this chapter, or for any person to do any act forbidden or fail to perform any act required under this chapter.

In case you just skipped over the technical jargon, it means the police can stop you if they believe your car is unsafe, like a damaged windshield. Also, it is a primary offense, meaning you do not have to be doing anything else wrong for them to stop you. You can have your hands at “ten and two”, going three miles under the speed limit and maintaining your car in the lane perfectly…but if your windshield is cracked, you may still see sirens in your rearview mirror.

What’s the Outcome?

You can be facing a variety of unfavorable outcomes. If the police officer lets you off with a warning, then you will still have to spend several anxiety filled minutes alongside the road. If the police officer writes you a ticket, then you will either have to pay it or get the windshield fixed within 30 days AND either mail in proof of the correction or bring proof (depending on the county) to the county clerk’s office where you were ticketed. However, if the police officer decides your vehicle is not safe to drive, then you could be forced to have it towed at a substantial cost…and, of course, the ticket. While the last scenario may seem unlikely, Florida Statutes do not specify what the measurements, length, or placement of windshield damage would be to render a vehicle unsafe to drive. Therefore, it is up to the police officer’s discretion.  Continue reading

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Auto Glass Replacement Orlando

In-shop Repair or Mobile Repair? Most customers choose mobile windshield repair. Why?

It’s convenient – Your day does not have to be disrupted. You can go on with your work plans. With Mobile Windshield replacement Orlando, we come to you.

Your safety is our #1 concern – If your windshield has a major damage, you should not be driving. Otherwise, you will be putting yourself at risk. What if the entire windshield shatters? This could lead your car roof collapse and the safety of your passengers could be at risk. Calling professional auto glass repair shops like LP Auto Glass Orlando for a mobile windshield replacement is safer for you. Without putting yourself in danger, you will get your windshield replaced.

Doesn’t waste your valuable time – You may not have time to wait in the shop. We know you are busy. By calling for a mobile windshield replacement service, you can save plenty of time. You can call from your job so that you can keep doing your work without wasting time. Or you can call from home while taking care of your children. You can even call from the side of the road if it is necessary. Why waste time when you could be doing something fun and still get your auto glass replaced?

Windshield Replacement Orlando – To keep you safe – Our goal is to keep you and your car safe on the road by fixing your windshield. We will meet our goal and promise.

A mobile windshield replacement with LP Auto Glass Orlando is your best, safest, and most affordable option. Plus, you cannot beat the reliable service.

Our other repair services include sun roof, side glass, side view mirror, etc.

Car Battery Checks

Here’s some news about your car battery checks that may seem surprising: It’s not so much the cold that gets it down as does the heat. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, thus damaging the internal structure of the battery. That’s why it’s a good idea to check your battery as the seasons change from hotter to cooler or if you’ve been driving in a hot part of the country.

Battery Overcharging

Another reason for shortened battery life is overcharging. That is, a malfunctioning component in the charging system, usually the voltage regulator, can allow too high a charging rate, leading to slow death for a battery.

In addition, colder temperatures can increase the thickness of the engine oil, making the engine harder to turn over, causing the battery to have to work more. These factors lead to harder starting.

Get the most of your battery

To get the most life out of a battery, try these following simple steps:
• Be sure the electrical system is charging at the correct rate; overcharging can damage a battery as quickly as undercharging.
• If your battery is the type that needs to be topped off, check it regularly. Add distilled water when necessary.
• Always replace a battery with one that’s rated at least as high as the one originally specified.
• Have the battery checked if you notice headlights and interior lights dim, accessories that fail to operate, or the “check engine” or battery light illuminated.
• Keep the top of the battery clean. Dirt becomes a conductor, which drains battery power. Further, as corrosion accumulates on battery terminals, it becomes an insulator, inhibiting current flow.

Reference: Car Care Council

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Why Mobile Repair is Easier

This is a repost of a previous blog. Schedules get busier around the holidays. Try our mobile service so there’s no interruption in your daily schedule.

When your windshield is damaged, figuring out what to do, who to call, and how to get to a repair shop can be exhausting. To make things easier for you, we are showing you why a mobile windshield repair is the way to go. There are many reasons to choose a mobile repair. One of them is that it is better than a regular repair in so many ways. Continue reading

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Auto Glass Repair Orlando

You may not need a auto glass repair today but in the occasion that you do, LP Auto Glass Repair Orlando has all the services you need. Whether your car window is damaged or not, our services will impress you. Here are some of those auto window repair services: Continue reading

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Preventing Auto Windshield Repairs by Removing Mold

Mold can be common in cars. It is usually found in vehicles that have been neglected and left out in a humid environment. It can also be found in cars where a water spill never dried properly. Food trucks can be easily susceptible to mold if not aired out and cleaned right. The good news is that mold can be dealt with to prevent auto windshield repairs. The bad news is that leaving it to spread throughout your car is dangerous.

There are many types of mold

There are many types of mold, but all of them are generally the same. Mold is an organism that breeds quickly and decays whatever it can. Generally, mold causes organic materials to biodegrade. That is why damp, undried areas, like car seats and carpets, are ideal candidates for this organism. Mold is a living organism that releases spores as it grows, these spores are not good for your health and so it’s important that it’s cleaned and dealt with in the correct way.

Mold is not completely bad. At this very moment, mold spores are in the very air we breathe. In fact, mold, a part of nature, is oftentimes used to produce some types of healthy foods (such as Brie cheese), medicine, and antibiotics. Too much of anything is never good, and that is certainly true when it comes to mold. More mold than is naturally in the air can cause allergic reactions if inhaled. Also, it can destroy (or eat) objects through biodegradation. If mold materializes in your vehicle, you should not ignore it. Mold could ruin various materials within the car including the glass, causing you to get auto windshield repairs.

What causes my windshield to get mold?

There are many reasons for the mold growth in your car. For one, if you left your car parked outdoors for months in a humid or moist environment, then that could cause mold to breed. Second, if you spilled water in the car and did not let it air out completely, that is another reason for the mold.

Is Windshield Mold Dangerous?

Windshield mold is very dangerous. Mold in your car indicates there are other untreated problems. Mold can affect your window seals. Over time, your auto glass might even break from the damage to its window seals. Driving wouldn’t be safe.

Preventing Windshield Mold

If your car has mold, there are ways to combat it and prevent auto windshield repairs.

  • First, you should always keep your car clean. Never leave trash, especially the sort that decomposes naturally (like food). If you spill a drink inside the car, wash it and let the damp area air-dry. Keep the windows down until the spill dries.
  • On the other hand, if you do not drive your car regularly, then turn the AC on from time to time and roll the windows down. Letting the air move is important.
  • Though, if you notice that the window seals are cracking or there is mold on them, stop driving your car and do not attempt to clean the mold on your own. Instead, call a mobile windshield repair expert and have them replace that windshield with another one.

Mold is natural, but too much of it is bad. When found in your car, it can be dangerous and lead to auto windshield repairs if not removed fast. Never leave the mold to spread to your windshield and window seals. If that happens, call for a windshield repair immediately.

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Why Trust LP Auto Glass Orlando with a Car Glass Repair

Since 1988, Low Price Auto Glass Orlando has been helping drivers get the best repair or replacement job on their damaged windshields and other auto glass parts. All these years, we have been trusted to do the best work at the best prices, and to this day people come to us for their car glass repair needs. Here are other reasons why you too should trust LP Auto Glass Orlando:

Affordable Prices

We are not called “Low Price” for nothing. At our car glass repair shop, you will get the best service around for a fair, unbeatable price. We always make sure that our auto glass repair prices are less than other auto glass shops.

We Use Only Original Parts

At LP Auto Glass Orlando, when we replace your old, broken windshield or window with a new one, we always guarantee that it is an original part. We never use old or used glass. In fact, we carry a large inventory of glass to complete each of our customer’s needs. Our car glass repair is usually done here at our facility or at your location within a 45-mile radius in the Orlando Metro area. This ensures that you only receive high-quality auto glass parts that are sturdy and can last a long time.

You Receive a Lifetime Warranty with Us

car glass repairWhen you get your auto glass repaired at LP Auto Glass Orlando, you receive a lifetime warranty. If anything occurs to the same glass that we replaced, we will take care to fix it on us. This way, you will never have to worry about us doing a half-decent job. We will repair your glass anytime it gets damaged again.

We Service Five Different Counties in Florida

Whether you live in Orange, Seminole, Lake, Volusia, or Osceola County, LP Auto Glass Orlando is available to service you in all your car glass needs. You won’t be left going to a pricy car glass repair shop while we are around.

We Can Come to You

Another wonderful feature of LP Auto Glass Orlando is our mobile repair service, which means we can come to you at no additional costs. For instance, if your auto glass is damaged in a big way that makes driving your car risky, you can call us and we will drive straight to you. We won’t charge you extra. This service is complimentary to make sure that you stay safe while still receiving the best auto glass repair in a timely manner.

We Will Not Rest until You Are Satisfied

Not only is the service at LP Auto Glass Orlando affordable and comes with a lifetime warranty, but it is also 100% satisfaction guaranteed. If you do not like the job or repair we do on your auto glass, we will work on it again and again until you are happy with the work done. We would never let you go home with a bad auto glass repair or replacement. We will always be sure to get everything repaired just the way that it should be done.

 

If you have a damaged auto glass and need a car glass repair, come to Low Price Auto Glass Orlando for the best service around.