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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.

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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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Cracked Windshield Repair

When it comes to your car, you want it to be the safest it can be. You must always take care of any cracked windshield repair, no matter how minor. A cracked windshield is one such damage you want to avoid. However, if you need a cracked windshield repair Orlando, you must do: 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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How To Clean Bird Droppings On Your Windshield

Bird droppings on your windshield can happen anytime especially if you are parked under a tree. If not removed properly, bird droppings can lead to an auto glass repair. Many people choose to wipe the bird droppings off with a wet cloth, but is there a better way to do it? There are several ways you should NOT clean bird droppings:

 Towels or Sponges?

Using a sponge to clean bird droppings from your car might seem like a good method, but it can damage your car. Although towels and sponges are often used to clean cars, they are not designed for car cleaning in general. Save your sponges and towels for household dishes. Microfiber cloths are a good choice because they are soft and do not scratch the glass or paint of your car. Thus, if you need to wipe off bird droppings, only use microfiber cloths.

 Windshield Wipers?

Windshield wipers are regularly used to clean the glass and keep it clear. However, using your wipers to clean bird droppings damages the wipers and sometimes even scratches the glass. It is better not to use windshield wipers if you have bird droppings on your windshield. This will help you prevent an auto glass repair.

Dried Bird Droppings?

Bird droppings harden on your windshield and car paint. Therefore, removing them is sometimes difficult. Some drivers choose to scratch at the dried bird droppings using tools such as towels, brushes, or even their fingernail. This can not only scratch the droppings but scratching it can lead to a car glass repair.

Then What Should You Do?

Microfiber cloths are the best choice. Products like WD-40 can soften the bird droppings. Spraying this oil on the bird droppings makes wiping them off with the microfiber cloth easier.

There is a right and a wrong way to clean bird droppings off your car and windshield, and doing it the wrong way can lead to an auto glass repair. Prevent a costly repair with these simple tips!

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After The Hurricane, Auto Windshield Replacement May Be Necessary But Watch Out For the Scam Artists

Buyer Beware: If someone comes knocking at your door offering an auto windshield  replacement or roof repair, be sure to check with your insurance company first.

Reprint from the Miami Herald – September 7, 2017

“Beware of the repair people who come to your door offering to repair your roof or replace your windshield. Don’t ever pay for repairs upfront and don’t sign an AOB (Assignment of Benefits) form to get repair work started.

These are some of the tips from consumer protection advocates, who are warning that insurance and repair scam artists will likely be out in force in the aftermath of Irma.

Damage from Hurricane Irma could create new opportunities for unscrupulous home repair vendors and trial attorneys seeking to profit off the disaster by asking homeowners to sign an AOB to start repair work. In doing so, the homeowners lose control of their insurance policy — which can result in vendors inflating the cost of claims and file lawsuits against insurance companies that dispute the amount. A sharp rise in AOB cases has been blamed for recent hikes in homeowner insurance rates.

‘Unfortunately, hurricanes often attract scam artists seeking to profit off people in times of crisis,’’ said Mark Wilson, president and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, which spearheads the Consumer Protection Coalition. ‘Consumers who sustain damage during the storm should call their insurance company first before signing over the rights of their insurance policy to someone else.’

Consumers do not need to sign an AOB to initiate storm-related repairs and should be cautious of vendors who pressure them or refuse to do the work unless they sign one.

Automobile owners should be on high alert for auto glass harvesters going door-to-door offering vehicle owners new windshields — even ones without damage — before an insurer has the ability to inspect it.”

Call Your Insurance Company

When in doubt about the process of a hurricane repair, call your insurance company. If you need an auto windshield replacement, LP Auto Glass Orlando is here to help you and will handle your insurance claim.

Reprint from the Miami Herald – September 7, 2017