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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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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

Car Battery Checks

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

Battery Overcharging

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

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

Get the most of your battery

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

Reference: Car Care Council

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Auto Glass Repair Orlando

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

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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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Need A Power Window Repair in Orlando?

If your car window is damaged, the worst thing you can do is go for a drive. This is with the exception of a jammed closed window. However, in other instances when your window is broken or jammed open, driving can put you at risk. It becomes important, then, to get a power window repair Orlando. Still, before that, you must stop and do five crucial things. Continue reading

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Autumn Leaves

Autumn leaves changing colors can add to the beauty of your surroundings, however falling leaves may cause problems with your car working properly. During the hurricane, your car may have been covered with leaves if it was not garaged. As you drive the car, the car collects dirt and debris in all kinds of nooks and crannies. Usually a bit of dirt won’t affect the car’s functionality. In some cases though it can be that dirt prevents parts of the car working properly, for example, water leaks due to inadequate drainage of water in wet weather conditions. This occurs at the drain holes just under the windshield.

How does it happen?

Dirt, sand, and decomposing leaves can block the drain holes preventing water to clear underneath the car’s windshield. If the seals around this area are not in a good shape, the water can drip into the foot wells. If not addressed, more expensive repairs can be on the way.

Can this be prevented?

Thankfully, preventing the drains from clogging up can be simple. It just takes some regular effort. It should be noted that water drains are not usually cleaned at regular services.

How should you clean this area?

Should you be so unlucky to already have a blocked drain hole, then try following the following to clean the drains:

  • Accessing the drain holes depends on your car, in some cases it might mean that you would have to remove the windscreen wipers and scuttle.
  • Once having gained access to a drain hole it can usually be cleaned with a flexible wire and flushed with warm water.
  • Seek professional advice if you find that the water still does not drain correctly or if water still leaks into the passenger compartment.

In Conclusion

Don’t forget that every car is a little different and might need a different approach to unclog the drain holes of the residue of the autumn leaves than the one presented here. Seek professional advice if you find that water has seeped through to other areas, risking corrosion of underlying components.

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Crucial Actions if You Need a Cracked Windshield Repair Orlando

When it comes to your car, you want it to be the safest it can be. Otherwise, you can never feel safe on the road. As a result, you must always take care of any car damages, no matter how minor. A cracked windshield is one such damage you want to avoid. However, if you end up needing a cracked windshield repair Orlando, you must do the below important actions: Continue reading

Crucial Actions if You Need a Cracked Windshield Repair Orlando

When it comes to your car, you want it to be the safest it can be. Otherwise, you can never feel safe on the road. As a result, you must always take care of any car damages, no matter how minor. A cracked windshield is one such damage you want to avoid. However, if you end up needing a cracked windshield repair Orlando, you must do the below important actions: Continue reading