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The Gift of Car Care

bird droppings cleaningIn the era of online shopping when countless holiday gifts are available at the click of a button, putting in a little extra time and legwork can mean a lot. The Car Care Council offers these thoughtful and practical ideas for gift-givers who want to go beyond a simple mouse click for their family and friends this holiday season. “We live such busy and stressful lives these days and sometimes simply taking a chore off of someone’s plate can be the most thoughtful gift, The gift of car care will not only let your family and friends check an important task off their list, but it will help keep them safe on the road.”

An oil change and inspection: Regular oil changes are the best way to keep a car running in peak condition, but some drivers find it to be an onerous chore. If this sounds like someone you know, an oil change and inspection may be the perfect gift. Whether you take their car to a trusted professional technician or do it yourself, your family and friends will appreciate the time and effort you put into their gift.

A car wash and detail: Keeping a vehicle clean and detailed helps protect the paint, interior and wheels from harsh weather and damaging chemicals. A busy driver in your life will appreciate you taking the time to have their car professionally cleaned and detailed or doing it yourself.

A roadside emergency kit: For the traditionalist who can’t imagine a gift that isn’t wrapped up and under the tree, what about putting together a roadside emergency kit, including items such as jumper cables; emergency flares; a flashlight with batteries; blankets and extra clothes; water and non-perishable snacks; a first aid kit; a portable USB charger; an ice scraper, snow brush and small shovel.

Severe Driving vs. Normal Driving

pothole damageWhat driving conditions are considered Severe Driving? If you’re just an average American, you think you may fall into the normal driving conditions, right? Not necessarily. Think of it more as “ideal conditions” and “average conditions”. When you read the list, you may be surprised at what is considered severe conditions.

Severe and Normal Driving Conditions Compared

Let’s look at what is considered whether your driving habits are average or ideal.

  •  Normal (Ideal) Conditions
    • Driving at highway speed
    • Driving a long distance
    • Driving in optimal weather conditions for your engine
    • Driving in clean air with no dust
  •  Severe (Average) Conditions
    • Driving short trips of less than 5-10 miles
    • Stop and go traffic
    • Driving in temperature greatly below or above average
    • Driving in any dusty conditions
    • Idling more than recommended such as in traffic
    • Driving with a heavy load or while towing a load

According to the Car Care Council and the definition of severe and normal driving, you should consider:

  • Following the “severe” service schedule in your owner’s manual.
  • Checking fluids, including oil, and filters more frequently.
  • Having certain components such as brakes and shocks inspected more regularly.
  • Observing the speed limit. Gas mileage decreases rapidly above 60 mph.
  • Avoiding quick starts and stops. Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage.
  • Not hauling unneeded items in the trunk as extra weight will reduce fuel economy.
  • Keeping your car properly tuned to improve gas mileage.

In order to best prevent any major repair work down the road, it is important to follow your vehicle’s manufacturer suggested preventative maintenance schedule, which can vary greatly between ideal and average driving conditions. The service intervals are developed by manufacturers in order to minimize the risk of any major repairs, but they need  to be properly observed according to your actual driving habits.

Windshield Safety

windshield glaresOn a normal day, drivers don’t think about their windshield unless it’s dirty. But during a crash, would your windshield stay in place? It should if it’s made with laminated glass. For windshield safety, you should know why your windshield is important.

Your windshield is a important part of the safety system of your car. It keeps the roof from crushing in a rollover and allows airbags to deploy to cushion passengers. It also prevents you and your passengers from being ejected in an accident. According to the Auto Glass Safety Council, the windshield provides up to 45% of the structural integrity of the car in case of a rollover. Therefore it is important that your windshield be installed properly.

When your windshield gets a large crack, it’s obvious that you need a new windshield but sometimes there are less obvious reasons to have your windshield checked.

  • A branch or stone may have hit your windshield but there are no visible signs of cracks. Even though you don’t see it, there may be trauma to the integrity of the windshield.
  • The same road debris that could have cracked your windshield could cause pitting, which are small (almost invisible) marks. These can be dangerous to the driver’s visibility especially when driving at night. These “pits” can reflect light including the high beams of an oncoming car.
  • If you see a white haze forming on the edges of your windshield, it’s time to have a professional check it. This haze can indicate that the coating is starting to come off. With this compromised, even a minor accident can cause the windshield to break and scatter shards inside your vehicle.

For your safety and the safety of your passengers, it’s a good idea to have any concerns checked out by a professional windshield repair specialist.

 

Need a Windshield Replacement?

windshield tintingYou are having a great day at Walt Disney World in Orlando. It is the most magical place on earth. You and your kids are happy and nothing can ruin your day, except for a damaged windshield. What do you do then? Below are actions you must take if a fun Disney day leads to an unfortunate car windshield replacement:

Take a Photo of Your Windshield

The first step is taking a photo of your damaged windshield. This helps you have something to show your insurance when they ask for a detailed description of the damage. Plus, it is always a smart idea to have proof of the damage in case something happens that makes the insurance refuse to pay for a car windshield replacement.

Measure the Damage

The next step should be measuring the damage. You are probably thinking, what would measuring a crack have to do with replacing it? The answer is simple. To know whether you need a repair or a replacement, you need to know what size it is. For instance, a big crack splitting in many directions means the windshield needs a replacement. On the other hand, a small chip can simply be repaired. If the damage is less than six inches long, then a repair is most likely all you need. Although, if the damage is longer than six inches, your windshield will need a replacement.

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, so you do not have to stress yourself any more. 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 covers your glass claim, then the repair shop covers you for a car windshield replacement.

Call LP Auto Glass Orlando and Ask for a Mobile Repair Service

Lastly, be sure to call LP Auto Glass Orlando and ask for a mobile repair or replacement service. We can come to you as long as you are within 30 miles of the Orlando area. So, if you’re stuck with a windshield damage at Disney, we have you covered!

Do not let your Disney day go bad because of a windshield damage. With these steps, you will have an easy car windshield replacement process.

Back-to-School Car Safety

back to school car safetyIt’s time for back-to-school and it’s time to help families remember back-to-school car safety for car pools, playdates, soccer games and more.

There is always a lot to do before school starts and making sure your vehicle is running safely and efficiently should be at the top of that ‘to-do’ list.

  1. Check lights and wipers for visibility. With shorter days and inclement weather ahead, make sure lights and wipers function properly so that you can see and be seen. Check wiper blades for signs of wear and replace if necessary.
  2. Get an annual brake inspection. The braking system is your car’s most important safety feature. Before carpool season gets in full swing, make sure that your brakes are functioning properly. Schedule a brake inspection and look for warning signs that your vehicle may need brake service, such as an illuminated brake light or screeching, grinding or clicking noises when applying the brakes.
  3. Check tires for under inflation or excessive wear. Check tire pressure and refill underinflated tires, including the spare, and look for uneven wear and check tread depth.
  4. Make sure everyone is buckled up. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website has important tips on seat belt fit and position. For the younger ones riding along, the site has information about how to install car seats as well as guidelines on selecting a car seat or booster based on your child’s age and size.
  5. Consider a back-up detection device. Consider having a back-up detection device installed that provides rearview video or warning sounds when moving in reverse. While drivers should not rely solely on these devices, they can help to reduce the risk of back-over incidents along with following other prevention tips .

Back-to-school car safety should be on the top of every family’s mind as we start this busy time of the year with our children.

reprinted from the Car Care Council

Cracked Windshield

mobile windshield repairIf your vehicle’s windshield has a small chip or crack, don’t ignore it, fix it. Disregarding a small crack now could lead to bigger problems later. Windshield damage may happen unexpectedly, and should be fixed as soon as possible,”

 A neglected small chip or crack can turn into a larger one, requiring more costly windshield replacement. In addition, drivers could get ticketed and fined if the crack obstructs vision.

When a vehicle owner notices a problem with their windshield, they should not wait to get it fixed. A small chip or crack can grow larger, and if another item like a rock, golf ball or baseball hits the windshield, the damage can expand quickly, compromising safety and requiring full windshield replacement.

Repairing a small chip or crack is inexpensive, easy and quick to fix, and the vehicle owner’s insurance may even pay for the repair. With simple maintenance, you can avoid a much bigger issue.

SAFETY

Your windshield is among the most important safety functions on your car. Your auto glass must all be restored and it’s essential to retain your window and in good condition at all times. Driving with a chipped or cracked windshield may put you and your passengers at risk for injury in the event of a rollover or collision.

The original purpose of a window was to maintain wind road dust, and water from entering the vehicle. This is still a crucial function of the windshield, especially when traveling at speeds which can be standard of modern automobiles. However, hail, rocks, street dirt, and other items might collide together with your glass as you travel from place to place. Usually, these effects may cause a tiny processor or bust to make. When this happens, it is vital that you own it mounted as soon as possible. So that a replacement is unnecessary many times, little chips can be fixed.

Windshield Repair and Replacement

Another purpose of a windshield and auto glass is that they allow you to really have a clear view of traffic and the street around you. Knowing of your surroundings is essential to preventing potentially hazardous conditions and operating safely. Once your windshield is broken or destroyed, your vision could possibly be hindered, putting you and others in danger.

contributing advice: Car Care Council

Invest Some Tax Refund on Your Car

car windshield repairIt’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 preventive 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,

from Car Care Council

Prepare for Hurricane Season

hurricane Time is going by quickly and before you know it, it will be hurricane season, and we all know what this means for Orlando’s residents. If a hurricane does not pass through Florida, storms still manage to attack and disrupt our daily lives. However, if a hurricane does pass through Florida, shelter is a must. That is why it’s a wise idea to be prepared for such an event ahead of time. This requires planning with your entire family, building a disaster supplies kit, and taking other precautions in order to have hurricane protection.

Here is all you need to do:

Plan with Your Family It’s always important to plan with your family in case you are not together when a hurricane occurs. Where will you take shelter? How will you contact one another? During this planning period, think of different scenarios and have each member of your family discuss what will take place, where they’ll go, how you’ll find each other, etc… This includes discussing what will happen when the kids are in school, when the parents are at work, when the college students are driving back from classes, and any other possible situation.

Build a Kit Next, build your emergency disaster kit. This kit should include one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days (for drinking and sanitation), a minimum of three-day supply of non-perishable food, a radio, a flashlight, extra batteries, a first aid kit, a manual can opener, a cell phone with chargers, among other necessities and tools.

Remove Any Outdoor Objects If you have any chairs, tables, potted plants, or decorations outdoors that could easily be picked up by a hurricane and thrust away, be sure to move them indoors where they are safe. Doing so gives you hurricane protection against these items being shoved against a glass door or window, leading to a bigger disaster.

For Your Car:

Park Your Car in a Garage or Away From Trees Just as you have to safeguard yourself and your house, you need to safeguard your car. If you park it outside when you have space in your garage, then take advantage of this garage. Protect your car from the outside storm which could seriously harm it. Though, if you can’t park it under a roof, be sure that it is at least away from a tree or a line of trees. You want to avoid the possibility of having a weak tree fall on your car as much as possible.

Keep Your Gas Tank Full in Case of an Evacuation Even if your car is parked inside your garage, keep it there on a full tank of gas. This is a crucial hurricane protection step since it will help you if you are told you have to evacuate the area. You don’t want to drive in a storm with little gas to go on.

Make an Emergency Kit for Your Car Even if you never evacuate your house or shelter, having an emergency kit specifically for your car is essential. Like the disaster kit in your house, your car kit should have water and non-perishable food, radio (battery or hand cranked), flashlight, manual can opener, cell phone and car charger, clothes, blankets, first aid kit, jumper cables, and more. If you have babies and/or pets, you should also have baby formulas, milk, and pet food in the car.

Having hurricane protection in Orlando is a must so you can be prepared even if the worst takes place. Make a plan with your family, and you’ll have ease of mind.

Auto Glass of the Future

Auto Glass Advancement – The world is constantly changing because of the advance of technology. Auto glass may be a part of that advancement. The car’s windshield also has been a huge part of the safety element of a car and it remains to be with some advancement.

Soda Lime Glass

One major trend on the horizon is the development of a new type of glass that may be stronger than today’s windshields. Traditionally, windshields have been created by sealing together two pieces of glass with a thin plastic interlayer called polyvinyl butyral (PVB), resulting in a laminated windshield. However, some industry companies are working to develop a chemically tempered glass much stronger than conventional automotive glass, known as soda lime glass (SLG). According to the companies, soda lime glass could offer a lighter weight to windshields—yet with a great deal of strength. The companies say that windshields as thin as 3-millimeters are possible with this glass. However, this new type of glass is expensive.

Gorilla Glass Windshields

According to Corning, the material is up to three times more scratch-resistant than the previous version, with enhanced ability to resist deep scratches that typically weaken glass. It is 40% more scratch resistant and more flexible.When it comes to windshields, being stronger means being safer. From LG to GT

Gorilla Glass was first used for smartphone screens in 2007, but Corning has shown interest in making the crossover to the automotive market for years. Ford, Incredibly tough Corning® Gorilla® Glass enables today’s sleekest smartphone designs, while providing exceptional damage resistance to the scratches, bumps and drops from everyday use.

What’s Corning’s secret? What’s so special about Gorilla Glass that sets it apart from other kinds of glass? The answer involves incredible temperatures, a special trough, robots and a molten salt bath. The finished product is a thin piece of glass that can withstand a lot of punishment. As a result of its strength, screens made of Gorilla Glass can be very thin.

Hitting a Pothole with your Car

hitting a potholeHitting a pothole with your car can do a real number on tires, wheels, steering and suspension, and alignment. The Car Care Council urges motorists to watch for three warning signs to help determine if hitting a pothole has damaged their vehicle.

Loss of control, swaying when making routine turns, bottoming out on city streets or bouncing excessively on rough roads are indicators that the steering and suspension may have been damaged. The steering and suspension are key safety-related systems. Together, they largely determine a vehicle’s ride and handling.

Pulling in one direction, instead of maintaining a straight path, and uneven tire wear, are symptoms of an alignment problem. Proper wheel alignment is important for the lifespan of tires and helps ensure safe handling.

Low tire pressure, bulges or blisters on the sidewalls, or dents in the wheel rim will be visible and should be checked out as soon as possible, as tires are the critical connection between the vehicle and the road.

“If you’ve hit a pothole, it can be difficult to know if and to what extent your car has been damaged,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “It’s a good idea to describe the symptoms to a professional technician who can then check out the vehicle and make the necessary repairs to ensure safety and reliability.”

Potholes occur when water permeates the pavement – usually through a crack – and softens the soil beneath it, creating a depression in the surface of the street. Many potholes appear during winter and spring months because of freeze-thaw cycles, which accelerate the process. Potholes can also be prevalent in areas with excessive rainfall and flooding.

reprinted from the Car Care Council, carcare.org