4 Fall Driving Tips

As fall begins to settle in, summer seems but a distant, beautiful memory. To its credit, Fall is lovely and serves as the perfect transition from summer to winter. However, changes in temperature means changes in weather, so you must adapt your driving technique accordingly. There are some simple steps you can put into practice to be a better driver this fall season, so check out some of our recommendations.

1.) Replace Your Wiper Blades

Weather in the fall can be all over the place, so precipitation can be rather unpredictable. Therefore, it is essential to have reliable wiper blades installed on your car. Windshield wiper blades see a lot of use throughout the spring and summer months, so they are typically quite worn by the time fall rolls around. By getting ahead of the ball in the fall, you won’t have to stand outside in freezing cold weather just to replace your windshield wipers.

 

2.) Inspect the Windshield and All Windows

If you have a crack or chip in your windshield, it can get in the way of your vision even on a clear day. Add heavy rain fall and you can potentially have quite the problem on your hands, and a dangerous one at that. Give your car a good walk around, and examine all of your auto glass. If you spot anything that gives you pause, take it down to an auto glass repair shop and have it tended to. Getting your auto glass in good shape prior to winter gives it a much better chance of standing against winter’s brutal impact.

 

3.) Keep an Eye on Your Windshield Washer Fluid

Fall can introduce all sorts of mess to your windshield, including dirt and mud. Because of this, you’ll likely find yourself opting to clean your windshield more than you had in the summer months. To keep yourself from running out of windshield washer fluid (it happens far too often), be sure to keep some handy. Always having some at the ready ensures your windshield will be continuously clean for many months to come.

 

4.) Look Out for Deer

As seasons change, so do the habits of animals. Due to this, highways sometimes see much more deer activity throughout the fall. Those deer caution signs on the side of the road are there for a reason, so if you find yourself on a quiet stretch of highway be sure to keep alert. Deer typically don’t travel alone, either. If you spot one it’s highly likely one or two more aren’t far behind.

 

Thankfully, fall is a rather gentle season to ease into driving wise. Nothing quite compares to winter, but luckily that is still a few months off! For all of your auto glass needs throughout the fall, get in touch with Windshield Centers.

3 Crucial Tips on How to Prevent Fatal Heatstroke Car Deaths

As the temperatures continue to rise during the summer, the number of heat stroke accidents also tends to rise. Did you know that there is an average of 38 deaths per year caused by heatstroke inside a car? It can happen to any parent or babysitter. According to research done by San Francisco State University, at an average 70 degrees sunny day, after 30 minutes, the temperature inside a vehicle is 104 degrees. After an hour, it can reach 113 degrees. When the outside temperature range from 80 to 100 degrees, the temperature inside a car parked in direct sunlight can quickly climb to between 130 to 172. As a result, it is extremely crucial to not leave children behind in the vehicle especially in the summer.

Everyone must ACT if a child is left alone in car:

A: Always check the backseat of your vehicle before locking your vehicle. A good tip to do this is to keep a large stuffed animal in the child’s car seat. When the child is placed in the car seat, move the stuffed animal in front passenger seat. It could prove to be the difference as a result.

C: Create a habit of checking the back seat: Put an item or items that you will need before leaving your car, like a purse, cell phone, and wallet. This ensures that you have to open the back door to get the item and would not forget the child in the back seat.

T: Take action immediately if you see a child is left behind in a vehicle. Dial 9-1-1 to get immediate help. If the child is in a suffocating condition, get them out as quickly as possible by breaking the car window.

Five Ways to Avoid a Deer Collision

As of 2012, car and deer collisions have caused an average of 200 deaths and cost an estimated $4 billion every year in the US – and the chances of hitting one can increase depending on what state you live in. To make sure you aren’t another statistic, there are a few important ways to avoid hitting a deer that you should be familiar with, as these tips could save your life.

  • Check for signs
    This is one of the most obvious ways to prevent a collision with deer. Towns or highway departments will usually post these signs for a reason: that the area has high deer activity and perhaps car-deer collisions have occurred multiple times at those spots. These signs will usually appear in parks, forests, or waterway areas. Make sure to slow down and be alert.
  • Use high beams
    Another quick fix to avoiding a car-deer accident is to simply turn your headlights on whenever you are the only car on the road. High beams will afford a larger field of vision so you can prepare ahead of time to stop if there is a deer in or on the side of the road. Also pay attention to oncoming traffic headlights; a quick couple flicks of the high beams from an oncoming vehicle means to watch out ahead for deer.
  • Beware of the time
    Deer are shy creatures who, like humans, are often quite predictable when it comes to forming a routine or schedule. These animals love the hours around sunrise and sunset to graze – and it is these hours when it is hardest for us to adjust our eyes to the light. Always be on the lookout or plan your trip for a different time of day.
  • Know when to use the horn
    Although deer, moose, and other large forest animals are generally timid and will bolt at the slightest sign of people, they may become terrified when they see your approaching vehicle and stay firmly planted in the middle of the road. Stop the car (do not swerve into the opposite lane if you can help it) and wait a few seconds to see if they will move. Flick your lights on and off. As a last resort, use the horn in short bursts. Using a horn could cause a deer to become aggressive depending on the season.
  • When there’s one, there’s more
    Perhaps not so much the case for moose, this is almost always the case when you see a deer. One deer may be in the middle of the road, but the others could be hiding out along the shoulder waiting to follow their leader. After the first one has crossed, check both sides of the road with your high beams on to make sure there aren’t any more.

In the event that you do hit a deer, remembering to be a defensive driver, go the speed limit, and wearing your seat belt could end up preventing serious injury to both your car and you or your passengers. Safe travels!

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.

 

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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!