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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.

 

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

Preventing Windshield Repair

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Preventing a broken windshield repair seems impossible, right? However, it is not. Through simply maintaining your windshield and taking precautions, you can dodge a costly repair.

Yes, it is that simple!

Are Your Windshield Wipers in Working Condition?

Examine your windshield wipers and make sure they are functioning. Wiper blades play a major role in maintaining the windshield. If there are cracks and tears in the rubber, the blades could scratch the glass when you put them to use. Therefore, if you are driving during a heavy storm and your wipers are in an awful condition, you are harming your windshield.

What you need to do: do not 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. 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. By inspecting them and not keeping them past their age, you are guarding your glass from a broken windshield repair.

Are You Keeping Car Glass Clean?

Keeping your car glass clean helps you maintain your windshield wipers. In turn, your wipers keep the glass strong and secure during rain. On the other hand, if the glass remains dirty, then the wiper blades will also become dirty. This makes them more prone to cracks and tears in the rubber. Then, the next time it rains, you would be using worn out wiper blades and causing damage to the glass.

Are You Investing in a Rain Repellent?

This precaution is not necessary, but it is highly recommended if you want to do everything you can to prevent a broken 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 on 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. Using a rain repellent is pretty simple.

Are You Parking Cautiously?

How do you park cautiously and how does that defend your car glass from rain? When you park your car, check your surroundings. Make sure that your car is not 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 is sunny and nice out. For all you know, while you are away, a bad rain could ensue and wreck your car glass. So, taking this precaution is an added safety measure.

Preventing a broken windshield repair requires very simple precautions. However, those precautions will keep you safe on and off the road!

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Making your Windshield Replacement Run Smoothly

While 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 will, however? A certified technician. Besides, calling for a car windshield repair will help you get everything 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.

Precautions Against Rain

car glass repairRain isn’t the worst element people encounter while driving. Snow, thunder, and hail are much worse. Snow can cause tires to swerve, forcing the driver to be in a dangerous situation that could harm him and other people on the road. 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 these three elements, they can take precautions against rain. Rain is somewhat calmer than snow, thunder, and hail, but 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. Doing so causes immense friction against the glass, which can lead it to become scratched or broken. Therefore, it’s important to protect 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.

parkingParking 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 Tinting

tinting windowsLiving in Florida means you have to deal with a heavy sun almost year round. And since you drive pretty much everywhere, the sun can be a huge annoyance. Not only does it make you have a hard time seeing the road, but it also hits you with harmful UV rays. That’s where tinting windows comes in. When you tint your car windows, you prevent the sun from irritating you in several ways and you help out your car. Here are some of the many reasons why tinting windows is worth it:

Shields You from Glares The most obvious reason to tint your car at an auto glass repair shop is that tinting would shield you from sun glares. At the same time, tinting the glass would keep you safe on the road. Just think back to the many times your vision was obscured by the sharp sunrays while you were driving. You were most likely afraid of not being able to see where you were going. With tinting, you would prevent 99% of UV rays from entering your car, which means that you’ll be less accident-prone.

Keeps Vehicle Cool When you drive in a hot car, your entire body gets irritated. You start to sweat, your feel uncomfortable in your seat, and no matter how long you wait for the air condition to cool the car, the hot sun just keeps scorching and striking you. With tinting, your car would stay cool and you wouldn’t have to worry about putting the AC on max for a few minutes before you enter in the car. Instead, you’d be able to hop right in and drive away in comfort.

Protects Upholstery Have you ever had or seen a car with leather seats that were cracking from being in the heat too often? Well, when you get your car tinted at an auto glass repair shop, you would instantly be protecting the leather seats. At the same time, you would be guarding the steering wheel and the dashboard from heating up and having similar fates as the leather seats.

No One Can See What You Hide In Your Car Sometimes people leave behind important possessions in their cars, such as purses and electronics, when they’re stepping out to do a quick errand. For instance, if they’re shipping mail at the post office, they might leave a GPS lying around. However, leaving items out in the open might catch a passerby’s attention, and it would be very unfortunate if that passerby turned out to be a thief. Tinting would solve this issue, preventing strangers from seeing what you have in your car unless they purposely stick their face against one of the windows.

Glass is Strengthened and Doesn’t Shatter Easily What many people don’t know is that getting your car tinted makes the glass stronger and harder to break. As a result, if you get into an accident, the glass would be sturdier and have a higher chance of staying intact. This means that you would be safe from any broken glass hitting you in the face.

tinting windowsTinting Laws in Florida Now that you know all the important facts about tinting your car and the benefits of doing so, let’s dive into the proper tinting you are allowed to have in Florida. We’ll be discussing the legal Visible Light Transmission percentage (VLT%), which is what measures the darkness of tinted glass. It is a requirement that the front side windows allow more than 28% VLT of light in, the back side windows allow more than 15% VLT of light in, and the rear window to allow more than 15% VLT of light in. As for the windshield, it is acceptable to have a non-reflective tint along the top. The front side windows should never be more than 25% VLT reflective, and the back side windows should never be more than 25% VLT reflective. So, with these VTL percentages, you’ll be able to tint your car accurately and know what auto glass experts mean when they explain how they’re going to tint your windshield and windows.

Tinting windows can help you have a safer car drive and prevent your car from many risky situations and issues.

Car Windshield Repair

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 will, however? A certified technician. Besides, calling for a car windshield repair will help you get everything 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 Repaired

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.

Moving Truck Windshield Repair

moving truckMoving trucks carry lots of furniture and equipment around, and people rely on these trucks to get their things from one place to another. Yet, what happens when a moving truck windshield damage occurs? When does it become too dangerous to continue driving the truck to its destination? In this blog, we are discussing when it is crucial for drivers to stop driving a moving truck and call for a mobile windshield repair. Let’s begin!

First Things First 

If your moving truck’s windshield gets a sudden damage, stop driving it as soon as you can to examine it, and then be sure to measure the damage. If you have a crack that is smaller than six inches, chances are that you can get an easy, simple windshield repair. Alternatively, if you have a crack that is bigger than six inches and is splitting off in many directions, then you will most likely not be qualified for a repair. Though, you can get the windshield replaced completely. It would cost you (or your insurance) slightly more than a repair. Knowing what kind of damage you have helps you go to an auto glass repair shop knowing what can be done to fix your windshield for the least amount of money spent.


When to Call for a Mobile Windshield Repair? 

After you have measured the windshield’s damage and you know what you are dealing with, you can figure out whether you need to stop driving and call for a mobile windshield repair service. Here is how you can tell if you need the service: if you feel that your windshield is terribly damaged to a point that puts you in harm’s way while on the road, then you shouldn’t drive and instead call for the service. That’s simple, right? For instance, if the crack in the windshield is too big, then you shouldn’t drive. Driving under such circumstances can cause the rest of the windshield to shatter, which could cause the roof of the moving truck to collapse. At the same time, if the windshield is completely shattered, then that is a big enough sign that you shouldn’t drive the truck. Similarly, if you have a small chip that is right in the driver’s line of vision, then you shouldn’t drive. And if you can’t drive, you’ll need to call for this service. The best part is, this mobile service is almost always complimentary, just be sure to ask the auto glass repair shop that you call.

Teaching Safety and Precaution Tips to Your Employees Since you have a moving truck company, you probably also have plenty of employees that drive those trucks when people rent them out. In order to teach your employees how to be safe and what they can do to safeguard themselves on the road, be sure to have a detailed work orientation. During this orientation, discuss cautious parking and driving. Let your employees learn to be aware of their surroundings, especially where they park the moving truck, where they drive, how fast they drive, etc… Additionally, let them know not to continue driving if the truck’s windshield receives a bad damage. If driving becomes hazardous because of a crack in the glass or something worse, they should park somewhere safe and call for a mobile windshield repair.

In the end, when your moving truck receives an auto glass damage that puts you in danger while driving, calling for a mobile windshield repair is the wisest choice.

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Car Windshield Damage

Sometimes, you might be unfortunate and find that you noticed your car windshield damage. Parking in a safer area could have possibly averted the harm. Yet, it is important to remember that your windshield can easily get damaged simply because of your actions and neglect, even if you drive and park in a safe area. There is one particular factor that plays a major role in the shape of your car’s glass, and that’s the cleanliness of the glass itself. If there is dirt, such as mud, bird droppings, or dead love bugs, it can ruin the windshield and windows if not cleaned off for a long time. As a result, it is your priority to keep your car clean, particularly your windshield and windows, in order to prevent an auto glass replacement from becoming necessary.

Why Is Cleaning the Glass Important? Clean glass not only helps clear your driving visibility, but it also protects the glass from damage. For instance, if you spend the day at the beach, your car is most likely going to be dusty at the end of your outing from all the sand the wind blew around. Though sand does not seem to be threatening (after all, kids play in it), it is harmful to the windshield. The tiny grains can scratch the glass, especially if you use your windshield wipers to wipe the dusty layer off of your car. The friction caused by the contact ruins the glass in an awful way, forcing you to get an auto glass replacement, which you want to avoid. The same thing can be said of bird droppings. Although unpleasant, for the most part they seem harmless. Yet, leaving them smudged to the glass will only make them harder to remove. They’ll dry up, and then when you do attempt to remove them, they’ll also scratch at the glass. In the end, all this dirt and scratching will weaken the windshield and windows, leaving them susceptible to getting chips and cracks and easily getting shattered. To top it off, having a dirty windshield also means that your windshield wipers are dirty, and this increases the chance of the glass getting damaged.

How to Thoroughly Clean the Glass So if dirty windshields and windows create a hazard, how do you clean them thoroughly and properly to avert having to get an auto glass replacement? Cleaning glass is actually pretty easy if you follow these tips:

  • If you have dusty or sandy windows and windshield, then you can easily remove the dirt using a damp microfiber cloth. All you have to do is wipe the glass clear, relying on the microfiber cloth to scrub out any rough dirt stains. What’s wonderful about microfiber cloths is that they are soft and gentle, meaning that they won’t scratch at the car’s glass or paint (if you enjoy washing your car at home and need a safe cleaning cloth).
  • If you have bird droppings, it’s important to get rid of them by hand. People tend to use their windshield wipers when on the go to remove these droppings; however, doing so can dirty the wipers and damage the windshield by scratching it. So try to avoid cleaning bird droppings using the wipers. Instead, as soon as you can, soak your microfiber cloth with club soda and use it to wipe away bird droppings. Club soda makes this type of cleaning easy. Then, you can wash the windshield with water and dry it off properly.
  • You should clean your windshield wipers on a weekly basis to prevent getting an auto glass replacement. You can do so by going to a nearby gas station and using their free windshield cleaning tools. Pay special attention to the surface underneath the wipers, as that can hide a lot of grime. You can also rinse off the wipers with water to get rid of trapped dirt.

A Few Additional Tips

Washing auto glass isn’t the only task you should do every so often. The following are just as important to do:

  • Be sure to replace old windshield wipers when they start to see cracks in the rubber and hear screeching against the glass. Usually, windshield wipers need to be replaced every six months or so.
  • fluid_graphicRegularly fill up on the windshield washer fluid, since you might need it to clean the glass at some point while you’re driving.

Washing your car and paying special attention to the windshield and windows can certainly help you prevent an auto glass replacement.