What are Windshield Bullies?

Windshield bullies are shady salesmen that come to your home, or meet you in a parking lot, to offer their “auto glass repair” services for your windshield. The “bully” will attempt to convince the unsuspecting car owner that their windshield is damaged badly enough that it requires a full windshield replacement. In most of these cases, the target’s automobile has extremely minimal damage, or none at all.

In many of these cases, the bully will claim that they can offer you a free windshield replacement due to advantageous insurance laws. However, the car owner will end up paying the bill, because the claim will be fraudulent. These activities contribute to a multi-million dollar auto glass fraud problem.

To avoid falling victim to a windshield bully, do not get your services off the street. Do not use services offered by door-to-door salesmen. Use resources such as the internet and word of mouth to get an idea of the caliber of the services offered by your auto glass shop of choice. Then, find a competitive quote. Additionally, if you are going through an insurance company, speak to them before agreeing to any auto glass service; make sure you are covered by talking to your insurer.

 

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.

Highway Safety Act Anniversary

This week, in 1966, Congress passed the Highway Safety Act. This significant piece of legislation ushered in the creation of the National Highway Safety Bureau, which would later become the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Throughout the 1960’s, motor accidents were becoming the leading cause of deaths among adult Americans. In 1965 alone, 49,000 Americans died in motor accidents.

The Highway Safety Act of 1966 allowed lawmakers to make improvements to both vehicle and highway design in order to improve safety. Countless safety features in vehicles became commonplace due to the Act, such as: headrests, seat belts, and strong, shatter-resistant windshields. Highways were improved as well, with the addition of reflectors, breakaway signs, barriers, and guardrails making highway driving safer.

Changes in driving laws and safety standards brought many changes to the road and automobile manufacturing. Over the course of the next several years, the changes were recognized to have a serious positive impact for driver’s safety. The rate of fatal accidents decreased.

Without this significant piece of legislation, we would not have the standards for auto glass safety that we do today. Several Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards created specifications for the transparency of auto glass, windshield mounting standards, and the length of permissible penetration in windshields.

 

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.

The Effect of Heat on Damaged Windshields & Auto Glass

During the summer, your car’s auto glass takes extra stress from the intense heat of the season. The summer heat does not directly cause chips or cracks in your windshield or auto glass, but it can be very bad for a damaged windshield. If your windshield or glass already has cracks or chips in it, you will likely see this damage spread as the glass expands with the heat.

Most windshields are made up of two sheets of glass with a thin layer of polyvinyl butyral between them. A small crack in your windshield will typically have only caused damaged to the first layer of the glass. However, if left out in the intense summer heat for too long, these minor cracks will eventually spread to the point where windshield replacement will become necessary.

Another way to cause stress to current windshield damage during the summer is by cranking up the air conditioning right when you get in your hot car. The rapid change in temperature causes stress to already damaged windshields. It is not uncommon for cracks to lengthen when directly exposed to cold air after sitting in the sun.

The summer is one of the worst times of the year to put off getting a windshield repair. Minor cracks and chips in your windshield will undoubtedly spread when exposed to intense heat and sunlight. Be proactive with windshield damage and get your auto glass repaired as soon as you see it.

 

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.

Car Safety Tips for your Pets

For many families around the country, summer means family road trips. Whether you’re driving across the state or across the country, road trips are as fun as they are stressful. There is no better way to bond with family and friends than packing up the car and traveling down the highways and back roads of the country. But for many families, a road trip includes more than just the human members of the clan. Many dogs will get to ride along this summer and throughout the year as more and more families decide to take pet-friendly vacations. Here are a few tips for making sure that your dog has the best experience possible during your trip:

  • First of all, make sure you have the right sized car for handling an animal. Don’t force a medium-sized dog to spend hours in the back of a Honda Accord with all your bags. If this is your only option, you might be better off leaving the dog with a sitter while you’re gone. It’s recommended that wagons, SUVs, and mini-vans are used for long trips with an animal.
  • Get a crate that is large enough for your dog to stand up in. If it is big enough for a standing dog then they should be able get up and turn around during your trip. That is essential for the dog to find comfort during the trip. Get your dog used to the crate by having them use it a couple hours a day for a week leading up to the trip.
  • Make sure you put some miles on your dog before the trip! An experienced “rider” will be more easy going in the car, so make sure to bring your dog along for rides leading up to the big trip.
  • Never leave your pet alone in the car. Even with your windows cracked, your car becomes a furnace in no time and will cause heatstroke for your animals.
  • Stop every few hours for your dog to go to the bathroom and have a drink of water. Always attach a leash before you open the car door. Bring bottles of your own water with 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.

Safety tips for driving in the summer

Summer driving is different from other seasons mainly because the intense heat can be hard on your vehicle and because the roads are so busy with pedestrians.

Tire blowouts are a common symptom of the heavy summer heat. The heat causes the air in your tires to expand, causing blowouts in old, poorly maintained tires. Check your tires early and often to avoid a blowout.

Your car’s cooling system works the hardest during the summer months. The radiator, belts, hoses, water pump, cooling fans, and heater core are all going to need  to be in top shape in order to handle the heat. Get your cooling system checked out during the summer to avoid your car overheating.

The summer sees a lot more drivers on the road than in other seasons because of summer traveling. Additionally, there are many bicycles and motorcycles sharing the road with you. Remember to look twice and you could save a life.

There are many more pedestrians on the road during the summer enjoying the nice weather. Not only is there more foot traffic in general, but there are also more children and teenagers outside because of the summer vacation. Drive cautiously in residential areas where there are children likely to be playing outside.

Additionally, road construction is extremely common throughout the summer. Construction zones are a common sight, and you should be extra cautious going around the sites because of the high level of accidents in these areas.

 

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.