When Do I need to Change my Windshield Wipers?

Your windshield wipers are a key safety component for every vehicle. Most people think of seat belts and air bags as the safety mechanisms essential to the vehicle, and they are. But properly functioning windshield wipers are also integral to a safe driving experience. The rubber and overall mechanism can break down over time. That makes it important to regularly check your windshield wipers and replace them every so often.

Here are a few indications that your windshield wipers are wearing out:

  • Your windshield wipers skip across your windshield without making a firm connection with the glass. The rubber on the wipers is most likely wearing off and cannot make a firm seal with the windshield.
  • The windshield wipers stutter across the windshield. The wipers do not make a solid connection to the windshield because the wiper rubber is wearing down.
  • Your windshield wipers leave large streaks of water across the windshield. Without a tight seal with the windshield, the wipers will not be able to push away the water as well as possible.

Replacing your windshield is an easy fix that greatly improves your safety on the road. Hot summer driving and freezing winter conditions can both wear out your wipers. Mix a windshield wiper check into your other car maintenance to-do list to make sure that you are driving safe during rainy conditions.

 

Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop located in the greater Buffalo & Rochester, NY areas. Contact us online or at (800) 900-1505 to schedule windshield repair or replacement services today.

Windshield Repair at Home

You don’t need any more things added to your to-do list. That is why we make the windshield repair and replacement process as easy as possible for you by coming to you to perform the service. Our mobile windshield repair service technicians can repair or replace your broken windshield or auto glass in your driveway.

Why is this service so convenient?

You may need to use our services but our location is out of the way for you. But chances are, you’re not out of the way for us! Our mobile service technicians drive as far as 50 miles from our locations. They make repairs and replacements all around this 50 mile radius service area. They can easily meet you at your house to make the repair.

Even in your driveway, we can perform windshield replacements in less than 60 minutes and windshield repairs in less than 30 minutes. While you will still need to wait the one hour Safe Drive Away Time, it is more convenient because your car is already in your driveway, rather than having to wait at one of our shops.

Contact us today for more information about mobile windshield repair services.

Eye Tracking Car Technology Could Improve Safety on the Road

While many new advancements in car technology are focused on fancy dashboard electronics and efficient fuel consumption, many car manufacturers are still focused on improving safety on the road. One cause of motor accidents is drivers falling asleep. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conservatively estimates that 2.5% of fatal motor accidents are caused by drowsy sleeping alone.

New technology, however, is making leaps towards making this problem obsolete. New eye tracking technology is attempting to solve this problem by notifying driver’s who are falling asleep. An Australian company, Seeing Machines, has developed extraordinary new technology  that uses built-in cameras and infrared lights to keep track of the driver’s eye movements and head angle to determine if the driver is alert and awake. The eye tracking technology boasts 60 frames per second monitoring, meaning it is extremely accurate.

A prototype of the new technology was tested in the Jaguar F-type. Even through a pair of sunglasses, the eye tracking tech performed very well, catching any consistent lack of focus accurately. When the device is triggered, a loud beeping sound goes through the automobile and shakes the driver seat. The same technology is currently being used in the private sector for mining machinery. It will be installed in 4000 new cars coming out this year as well.

 

Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop located in the greater Buffalo & Rochester, NY areas. Contact us online or at (800) 900-1505 to schedule windshield repair or replacement services today.

What is Full Auto Glass Coverage?

Basic liability insurance and basic auto insurance typically do not cover auto glass damage. Alternatively, full auto glass coverage will cover your costs for windshield and auto glass repairs and replacements, without paying a deductible.

Some of our customers think that their collision insurance will cover the costs related to windshield damage. However, this is not always the case. Full auto glass coverage is usually separate from collision insurance.

If you are unsure of your auto glass coverage status, check with your insurance provider. Chances are, if you have comprehensive insurance, you have full auto glass coverage. However, insurance plans vary by company, and “comprehensive” can be a subjective term. Some insurance plans offer coverage for windshield repairs, but not for replacements. In many cases, deductibles are waved for windshield repairs.

Check with your insurance provider to find out the status of your auto glass coverage. If you want to make sure you are covered for auto glass damage, you may be able to just pay a rider rather than purchase comprehensive coverage. Of course, you need to consider if auto glass coverage is right for you. Do you drive every day? Do you live in a city area prone to vandalism? Are you driving through construction zones often? Consider the costs for fixing your auto glass outright versus a monthly rider to decide whether auto glass coverage is right for you.

 

Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop located in the greater Buffalo & Rochester, NY areas. Contact us online or at (800) 900-1505 to schedule windshield repair or replacement services today.