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.

How to get better mileage out of your car

The average cost per gallon in the U.S. as of today is $2.751 for regular petroleum, $2.984 for mid-grade, and $3.182 for premium. There are many drivers who are choosing the cheapest option when filling up at the gas station and although that may seem like the most cost effective option, you may be paying more in the long run. Instead of choosing the cheapest gasoline option to cut down on cost, changing how you drive can play a factor in the gas mileage of your car.

In terms of fuel economy, there are strategic actions that the driver can do to make sure that they are being smart about their car’s gas consumption and gas mileage. With some additional planning before the next fill up, you can start saving more money and use less gasoline for every trip that you take.

Before Traveling:

  • Purchase your gas at the coolest time of day. Gasoline is the densest at this time, so you’ll get more out of the volume.
  • Use the manufacturer’s recommended motor oil to increase your gas mileage up to 2%.
  • After starting your car, do not wait more than 45 seconds before actually driving.
  • Regular tune-ups can save the up to 4%
  • Replacing a dirty air filter can save the driver up to 10%
  • Make sure that tires are pressured to the maximum limit by the manufacturer.
  • Remove any additional weight inside of the car.
  • Know the estimated cost of fuel for your trip.

While Driving:

  • Try not to stop and start your engine multiple times, leaving a car idle for 1 minute then driving uses the same amount of gas as starting your engine.
  • The faster you are driving, the more gas you consume. Traveling at 55 mpg can save the driver up to 21% more than driving 5-10 miles over the limit.
  • When driving over a hill or incline, accelerate before you reach the hill to not waste any extra gas.
  • Avoid driving on rougher roads, it can decrease gas mileage by 30%.
  • Traveling at the speed limit will increase your chances of making green lights, which means stopping fewer times.
  • Use cruise control for highway traveling.
  • Cool down automatic transmission by placing the car into neutral at long traffic lights or traffic standstills.
  • Avoid reverse driving maneuvers
  • Keep windows closed during high-speed traveling. Open windows will use 10% more gasoline which will be the same as using the air conditioning.
  • Slowing your acceleration from 0-60 miles to 15 seconds can save up to 30% on gas mileage.

 

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.

A Short History of Auto Glass

In the early days of the automobile, the windshield was considered a luxury item by most car manufacturers and drivers. A windshield was commonly considered an add-on feature that would increase the cost of the automobile. And it was typically little more than a sheet of glass that was divided horizontally so that the driver could fold the glass down when it got too dirty.

The windshield was later more seriously incorporated  into the automobile in the early 20th Century, in the years following the invention of shatter resistant glass by French chemist, Edouard Benedictus. In a fortunate accident in 1904, Benedictus dropped a glass flask filled with dried collodium film. While the flask cracked, it did not completely shatter. His invention would provide the foundation for later developments in auto glass technology, and would later be used for windshield glass by the 1920’s.

By 1915, Oldsmobile was including windshields as a standard feature in all of their vehicles. Additionally, Henry Ford began to recognize the importance of stronger and safer windshield glass. Ford would make it mandatory to put laminated glass in all the vehicles coming off his lines by 1919. In the 1930’s, tempered glass began to replace the glass Benedictus pioneered. Made in a process of repeated heating and cooling, tempered glass was surprisingly strong yet thin. Its ability to break down in accidents made it safer for drivers, reducing the chance of broken glass flying into the face of the driver.

In the 1960’s, it became clear that automobiles needed guidelines and safety standards, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was formed in 1970. The NHTSA now sets the standards of safety for auto glass and windshields, dictating the strength and clarity required for automobiles on the road.

 

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.

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.

The Dangers of Texting while Driving

Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous things you can do on the road. According to the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study, texting while driving causes 330,000 injuries every year. In 2011 alone, cell phone use was the cause of 1.3 million accidents. The NHTSA has estimated that texting while driving makes you 23 times more likely to get in an accident than when driving normally.

When you are texting and driving, it is estimated that the minimal amount of time you must take your eyes off the road is 5 seconds. If you are driving at 55 MPH, you are taking your eyes off the road while your travel the length of a football field. Young drivers that text and drive spend approximately 10% of their driving time outside of their lane. While teenagers are typically the demographic most commonly associated  with texting and driving, people of all ages practice distracted driving. Approximately 27% of teenagers claim to have seen their parents texting and driving as well.

Texting and driving is the leading cause of death for teen drivers. While 14 states have made handheld cellphone use while driving illegal, it is still an issue and everyone should do their part by keeping their eyes on the road.

 

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.

How Long Does a Windshield Repair Take?

At Windshield Centers, we pride ourselves in our windshield repair services. We are known for having the fastest windshield repair services which takes only 20 minutes. Not only does Windshield Centers guarantee satisfaction with all repairs, by getting your windshield fixed regularly prevents small cracks or minor chips from becoming hazardous problems in the future. By using Clarity Windshield Repair Resin, our windshield repair specialist will heat it up to 180 degrees and inject the resin into the point of damage. Now that the repair resin has filled in the damage, it is cured for one minute under our ultra-violet light. Once this procedure is complete, your windshield will have restored its original strength and the damage will be non-existent.

Not only do we provide prompt services to get you to your next destination on time, Windshield Centers uses only the best quality products which is why our windshield repair resin is the fastest-curing resin available. So call us today at 800-900-1505 for more information about our windshield repairs or contact us online!

 

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.

4 Safe Driving Tips for the Spring

It’s finally spring and the flowers are blooming! You’d think now the roads are clear since there’s no ice or snow but think again, spring weather often brings on other hazardous road conditions like flooding, slippery roads and hail. Now that it is spring, there are new challenges when driving from the winter wear and tears, animal activity to just more drivers roaming the roads. Here are some tips to get you cruising into summer safely.

  • Tire pressures: After the winter, potholes and wet roads are a common scene, make sure you have enough air in your car tires so you don’t need to worry about having a flat tire or hydroplaning while driving.
  • Lights: In this season it often brings on rainy weather which prevents accurate visibility on the road. Examine your headlights, taillights, brake lights, parking lights, and of course your back up lights before driving in the spring.
  • Animal Activity: Many animals are coming out of hibernation, migrating, or it is their mating season so be aware when driving. You should especially watch out for animals roaming the roads during the early mornings and evenings since animals have peak activity at these times.
  • Increase in People: Warm weather brings not only animals out but people too. Be more careful to the traffic in residential and school zones since now children, cyclists and motorist are on the road/streets more.

With these simple tips you can enjoy the spring time on the road safely and care free!