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Construction Cone Zones

car glass repairSummer is the main season for “cone zones,” road construction where you will likely hit a bump or two, or come across loose stones and other hazards. These rough road conditions can be tough on a vehicle’s steering and suspension system and can throw out the alignment. Loose stones can have potential windshield damage and to the vehicle’s exterior.

Even the most careful motorist, who is driving slowly and carefully through road construction, is bound to hit an unexpected bump or other road hazards. Be sure to pay attention to your car and if you think there’s a problem, have it taken care of as soon as possible.

The main symptoms of steering and suspension or wheel alignment problems are uneven tire wear, pulling to one side, noise and vibration while cornering or loss of control. It is recommended that motorists have their vehicles checked out immediately if any of these symptoms exist, as steering and suspension systems are key safety-related components and largely determine the car’s ride and handling. Regardless of road conditions, these systems should be checked annually and a wheel alignment should be performed at the same time.

Motorists also should do frequent visual checks of their vehicle’s exterior and windshield to identify any chips, dings or cracks. These are small problems that can become costly repairs and safety hazards if they aren’t taken care of immediately.

reprinted in part from the Car Care Council

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.

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.

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.

Advice to Commuters

Longer commutes to work are “longer” than ever.* The more time we spend in our cars, the more important it becomes to make sure our vehicles are comfortable and safe places to be.

The Car Care Council has a number of tips for commuters to help ensure their trips to and from work are as enjoyable and worry-free as possible.

  • Change your cabin air filter. The cabin air filter is responsible for cleaning the air entering the passenger compartment. A functioning cabin air filter will help keep dirt, pollen, dust and exhaust fumes from entering your vehicle’s interior. Changing the cabin air filter at recommended intervals will allow you and your passengers to breathe clean air free from allergens and pollutants while commuting to and from work.
  • Maintain vehicle safety systems. A vehicle’s wipers, mirrors, lights and brakes are key safety features that require routine maintenance. To ensure that you can see and be seen while on the road, make sure all lights are properly functioning, mirrors are clean, and both are properly aligned. Replace wiper blades that are cracked, chattering or streaking in order to maintain a clean windshield. Because driving in stop-and-go traffic is hard on a vehicle’s braking system, have your brakes inspected regularly as brakes are your car’s most important safety feature.
  • A clean car makes a happy driver. The more time spent in the cars, the more likely dirt and clutter will collect inside. Maintaining a clean vehicle not only makes for a more comfortable drive, but it also contributes to a vehicle’s safety and longevity. Remember to keep the floors free of debris that may obstruct the foot pedals, and wash your car regularly to protect the paint, minimize rust and corrosion, and keep your windows clean for improved visibility.

*up 20% according to U.S. Census

partially reprinted from Car Care Council

Florida Statute for Damaged Windshield

windshield glaresIf you experienced minor damage (usually defined as “chipped), then you may opt for a repair. If you experience major damage, like from a car accident, then you probably will want it replaced.

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.

Is the windshield chipped or cracked?

If you experienced minor damage (usually defined as “chipped), then you may opt for a repair. If you experience major damage, like from a car accident, then you probably will want it replaced.  Four elements go into determining if your vehicle merely needs a repair:

  • Will a dollar bill cover up the damage?
  • Do you have more than three chips?
  • Is the damaged area in your line of sight?
  • Is the damage on the edge of the windshield?

If the answer to all of these questions is “No,” then it is usually safe to have the windshield repaired.

Windshield Replacements vs. Repair

Granted, a new windshield sounds better than repairing an old one, but that’s only true if you are getting the windshield from the factory. Florida Statute 627.7288 only requires that the new windshield be of “same fit, quality and performance.” It does not have to be an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) part. Perhaps it is just as good as the factory windshield, and perhaps it fits just perfectly into your vehicle, but it is a gamble. While there are some individuals who will go their entire lives without ever being in a car accident, most people will have to deal with a broken windshield at some point. If and when you need it, we hope these tips will provide you with the knowledge you need to handle your repair (or replacement) as safely as possible.

Windshield Wiper Maintenance

windshield wipersWindshield wipers are constantly overlooked when it comes to maintaining a car’s health. Drivers inspect tires, lights, and brakes and change the oil of their cars when necessary; they even make sure to keep their windshields clean so their visions aren’t obstructed while driving. These are matters that they rarely neglect. Nevertheless, drivers forget that windshield wipers are also important to take care of and examine from time to time. At the end of the day, it is windshield wipers that can enhance or diminish the condition of auto glass. They were invented to keep rain out of your windshield so you can drive safely, but without the proper care, they could damage the glass and put you and the lives of others in danger while you’re on the road. So here’s what you can do to uphold your windshield wiper maintenance in their prime months:

How long should you keep windshield wipers?

Over many months of regular use, windshield wipers can deteriorate. It’s simply in their nature, and there’s no way around it. You should never keep old wipers in action, even if you think they can last a little longer. With the sun constantly striking and rain taking its toll on auto glass, windshield wipers eventually need to be replaced, and if you continue their use, you could be prompting your windshield to get scratched or, worse yet, cracked. So, how long do windshield wipers usually last before becoming destructive? It all depends on how much strain your wipers have dealt with; though, usually, wiper blades (the rubber portion that touches the glass) last somewhere around six months to a year. So you should never keep your windshield wipers longer than that.

Signs that you should replace your windshield wipers

Obviously, if your windshield wipers get damaged earlier than the approximate six months to a year that they’re supposed to last, you should replace them then instead of wait. Some signs that it’s time to replace your windshield wipers are noticeable rough cuts and cracks as well as worn rubber, which can occur from constant use, the drying sun, and air debris. For this reason, it’s important to inspect your windshield wipers on a regular basis by making sure nothing looks out of place or frayed. At the same time, while in use, pay attention to the sounds your windshield wipers make. For instance, do they vibrate against the auto glass or make a lot of scratching noise? If these occur, it is definitely time to replace them since relying on them can really damage the glass.

How to clean your windshield wipers and what not to do

While you can’t avoid their decline due to rain, sunlight, and old age, you can take care of your windshield wipers so that they last for as long as possible and protect your auto glass. The best way to ensure they remain in a great condition is to clean them. You can do so when you fill up on gas. Most gas stations have free windshield cleaning tools that you can use to rinse off dirt. So, every time you go to a gas station, make sure to clean your windshield, paying special attention to the surface underneath the wipers, as that can cover a lot of grime. Additionally, if you travel to a location outside of Florida where you encounter snow, remove the snow off your windshield manually rather than by using your windshield wipers, or else you could lose your wipers then and there and end up breaking the glass in the process.

Preserving your car’s windshield wipers is very essential. With these simple tips, you’ll have clean, durable wipers that keep your vision clear during rain on top of helping you protect your windshield and stay safe. Just remember to frequently check on your windshield wipers’ condition just as you would any other component of your vehicle. Moreover, get yourself in the habit of cleaning under your car’s wipers and all over the windshield when you’re at gas stations, and you’ll positively be golden.

Car Glass Repair

windshield replacementAll car glass repair shops are the same, right? Wrong! What makes a car glass repair shop stand out is its level of quality, strong customer service, fairness of prices, and its promise to you. If it does not have any of those, it is not a professional shop. Getting the job done is not the same as getting it done the right way for an affordable price. That is why LP Auto Glass Orlando is the best in Central Florida.

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 make sure 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 can occur here at our facility or at your location This ensures that you only receive high-quality car glass parts that are sturdy and can last for a long time.

Affordable Prices

We are not called low price for nothing. When you come to our shop, you will get the best service around for a fair price. We will never increase our prices, and we always make sure that we charge you less than other car glass shops.

For insurance claims: We will process all insurance company paperwork, and we do direct billing. With most insurances, you will pay nothing out of pocket.

We Service Five Different Counties in Florida

Whether you live in Orange, Seminole, Lake, Volusia, or Osceola County, LP Auto Glass Orlando is readily available to service you in all your car glass needs. You will not need to go to a pricey car glass repair shop while we are around.

We Can Come to You

Another great reason to rely on LP Orlando is our mobile service, which comes to you. For instance, if your car’s glass is in a terrible shape that makes driving your car dangerous, you can easily call us. We will drive straight to you with a 30-mile radius of our shop. This service is recommended to make sure you stay safe while still receiving the best car repair

You Receive a Lifetime Warranty with Us

When you get a car glass repair at LP Auto Glass Orlando, you receive a lifetime warranty with us. If anything occurs to the same glass that we repaired, we will repair it once more on us. This way, you will never have to worry about us doing a half-decent job. We will fix your glass anytime it experiences problems.

We Will Not Rest until You Are Satisfied

Not only is the service at LP Orlando affordable and has a lifetime warranty, it is also 100% satisfaction guaranteed. If you do not like the job or repair on your car’s glass, we will work on it again until you are happy with the work. We would never let you go home with a bad car glass repair or replacement. You can speak up your mind, tell us all your concerns, and we will be sure to get everything fixed just the way that it should be done.

LP Auto Glass Orlando has the best, highest-quality services at affordable prices and always goes above and beyond to make customers happy.

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.

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.