If Your Window is Broken, Don’t Cover It with Plastic

We get it, accidents happen and sometimes theft happens too. It’s not uncommon to see a vehicle with a busted window that has been taped over with a plastic garbage. This temporary fix might seem practical enough, but it’s no substitute for getting your window properly prepared. You might cite money as an issue for getting your window fixed, but you stand the chance of having to spend more money on your car the longer you have the window taped over with plastic. Check out a few reasons why you shouldn’t cover your window(s) with plastic:

Plastic Won’t Keep the Weather Out

No matter how well you apply your plastic window protection, it only takes one killer rain storm to ruin your attempt. Not even waterproof adhesive tape is going to keep rain out for long, and the adhesive stands the chance of messing with your car’s finish or door frame seals. Once the plastic goes down, there is absolutely nothing stopping water from getting all over your interior. Keep this from happening and visit one of our centers.

Plastic Won’t Keep You Safe

If one of your side windows is broken, whether it be the passenger window or one of the rear windows, your passengers aren’t exactly safe. This is especially true if you use plastic to cover up a broken window. If road debris happens to strike your car, nothing is keeping it from entering your vehicle if the only protection you have is plastic. The same goes for if you happen to experience an accident while your window is gone. Plastic certainly won’t keep metal or glass from entering the cabin of the vehicle. Ensure the safety of your passengers and get your window(s) fixed as soon as you can.

Plastic Won’t Keep Out Thieves

Any car thief is going to look at the plastic covering your window and laugh. It’s practically an open invitation to explore the innards of your vehicle. They simply need to cut the plastic or rip it down to get at your stored valuables. Also, some thieves aren’t just after what is inside of your car, they’re after your car itself. Not getting your window(s) repaired could cost you your entire vehicle. Make the smart decision.

 

As you can see, there are several reasons why you shouldn’t be covering your window(s) up with plastic when broken. What you should do is take your car down to your nearest Windshield Center. Once there, you can get the necessary repairs for your vehicle and be safely on your way. Be sure to use us for any of your auto glass repair and replacement needs. Need help with your auto glass? Fill out our online contact form!

Are Your Wiper Blades Damaging Your Windshield?

When your windshield wipers are past their prime, you’ll know it. Not only can they be a real hassle to deal with when the weather isn’t ideal, they can also lead to dangerous situations on the road. In addition to that, they can scratch your windshield and impact general windshield view quality. Continue reading to learn why this is no good for your auto glass.

How Windshield Wipers Damage Your Windshield

If the rubber edge of your wiper blades is worn down, the metal beneath will be exposed. Seeing as the shape of the wiper blade presses the blade against the glass, the exposed metal will have no barrier between it and the windshield. This allows the metal to scratch along the glass for a prolonged period of time. The quick back and forth motion of the wipers will eventually form grooves from the worn-down blades digging across its surface. You’ll be able to see visible windshield damage when approaching your vehicle from the outside, and you’ll notice said damage while driving as well. If you leave your windshield wipers and auto glass unattended for long enough, you’re likely looking at a full windshield repair.

What These Scratches Do to Your Windshield

A windshield plagued by scratches can lead to multiple auto glass issues over time. These problems come in the form of water streaks that can block your view across the entire windshield, and both sunlight and headlights reflecting off the scratches and temporarily blinding you. You can see how these problems could be worrisome when operating your automobile. Keep your windshield from getting damaged over time and fix the matter before it leads to some real problems.

Should You Have Your Windshield Tended To?

When you come into your nearest Windshield Centers location, a technician will be able to advise you on what you have to do with your windshield. Much of the decision depends on the amount of inflicted damage to the auto glass. If there are only a few scrapes on the windshield then you’re very likely looking at some simple windshield repair. If there are deep gouges or other extensive damage scattered across the surface of your windshield, you’re probably going to have to replace the entire thing.

 

You probably never thought about just how damaging compromised windshield wipers can be. As you now know, over time they can wreak some real havoc on your auto glass. If you’re currently experiencing this problem, contact your nearest Windshield Centers location. We’ll set you up with an appointment and get your glass in top shape in no time.

How to Safely Share the Road with Motorcycles

The month of May is known for many things: the first signs of summer, barbeques, campfires. It is also Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, drivers should expect to see more motorcycles on the road. Windshield Center has some tips on how to safely navigate sharing the road with the bikes.

Motorcycles are the smallest vehicles on the road, which alter their appearance in side and rearview mirrors. They can appear to be driving faster from further away, giving drivers in cars a false sense of the road. Drivers should be more aware of their blind spots, especially when switching lanes or turning. Nearly half of the fatal car vs. motorcycle accidents in 2013 occurred when the car was attempting to make a left-hand turn and the motorcycle was continuing to go straight. Part of the reason for this is because many motorcycles do not come equipped with self-canceling signals, so the signal is often left going for longer than necessary. You should make sure you make eye contact with upcoming cyclists before proceeding with your turn at any intersection.

It is also important to note that motorcycles handle differently than cars. Because they are more lightweight than a car, motorcycle control is more likely to be affected by wind and weather conditions, such as rain or debris blowing in the street. While all drivers should note the weather and change their driving habits accordingly, you should take extra note of motorcycles and give them extra room as a safety precaution for them and for yourself. Your car will take longer to stop, and will require more force. Keep cycles and other drivers in front of you safe by following the four second rule: pick a landmark ahead, like a mailbox, and count. If you reach the landmark before you reach the number four, slow down. If you are passing a motorcycle on the road, make sure you are several car lengths ahead before getting back into your lane.

Whether you’re on the road in a car or riding a motorcycle, make sure to drive safely this summer! If you run into problems with your windshield, side windows or mirrors, contact Windshield Center at (800) 900-1505.

Halloween Driving Safety Tips

Halloween is right around the corner! Trick-or-treating is an exciting and fun activity for kids but with everyone running around the streets at night, Halloween can also be one of the most dangerous days for pedestrians all year. However, with safe driving practices, Halloween can be both safe and fun. Follow these driving tips to help keep everyone safe this Halloween:

  • Drive slowly in residential areas and keep any distractions like your phone out of sight.
  • Don’t expect trick-or-treaters to wait for you to pass. Always yield to pedestrians.
  • Turn on your headlights earlier than usual. Even if sunset is still a couple hours away you should flip on your headlights to make yourself more visible.
  • Be careful when passing cars parked on the side of the street. If you are in a neighborhood they are likely dropping off kids to trick-or-treat.
  • Be vigilant about using your turn signals. Many people forgo using their blinker when they’re pulling into their own driveway, but on Halloween you should be using it for every single turn.

Driving Safe in the Winter

Winter is the most dangerous season for driving in western New York. Accidents happen more frequently than usual because of icy roads, snow banks limiting driver’s vision, and because of the tough, cold conditions for your car. Follow these tips to keep safe on the road this winter:

  • Keep your gas tank at least half full at all times. That way, if you break down you will have a source of heat. You can run your engine at idle for hours while you wait for service.
  • Wear your sunglasses when driving. Yes, we all think of summer when we think of sunglasses, but they are actually very important for driving in the winter because of snow blindness. Snow creates a lot of glare, so sunglasses can help you stay safe on the road.
  • Keep your windshield wiper fluid reservoir full.
  • Accelerate and decelerate slower than normal. It takes longer to come to a complete stop in icy conditions. Slow down significantly before you take turns. Everything takes longer and is more dangerous in the winter.
  • If possible, when approaching stop signs and turns, don’t come to a complete stop . Try to keep your wheels turning when driving in the snow. It takes a lot more to get going in the snow or ice, so if you can keep up your momentum, you will not get stuck or slip out when starting up again.

Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop in Rochester and Buffalo, NY.

Contact us online or at (800) 900-1505 to schedule windshield repair or replacement services today.

Five Tips for Staying Safe on the Road this Fall

Every season presents its own unique challenges for driving safely. For fall drivers, some of the challenges faced on the road include slick streets covered with wet leaves, an influx of new drivers as school starts, thick morning fog, sun glare, and increased traffic from woodland animals.

Wet and slippery conditions are one of the most distinct dangers about the fall season. While the spring is also known as the rainy season, the fall is also very wet in general. This is made extra dangerous by the fact that fallen leaves on the road are also very slippery. This can significantly increase the amount of time it takes to come to a stop while driving, and lead to skidding on the road.

The fall also means back to school time for many parents and teenagers. Not only will there be more buses and parents driving their kids to school in the morning, but there will also be many more teenage drivers on the road. This surge in morning traffic can cause frustration for many drivers, as their morning routine is suddenly disrupted. Be sure to give yourself more time in the morning before hitting the road.

Another reason to drive extra careful in the morning is fog. Cold fall mornings can be one of the worst times for fog. Use your fog lights; don’t use high beams because it will create glare, which makes it even more difficult to see.

Fall is one of the most common seasons for animal travel because of the mating season. Deer crossings are common in the fall. Heed the warnings of crossing signs. If you see one deer cross, wait for other to cross because they usually travel together.

 

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.

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.