Watch Where You Park Your Car

This is likely no surprise, but where you park your car can have an impact on your auto glass. Plenty of windshield replacements and repairs each year are the result of objects hitting drivers’ windshields. If this happens to you, don’t hesitate to contact your nearest Windshield Center for help. If your windshield is only cracked but you can still see, bring it on into our center. If your auto glass is completely shattered, it’s best to take advantage of our mobile services to keep you and other drivers safe. Let’s take a look at a couple of things you should be aware of when parking your car.

Trees

Parking your car under a tree can actually be a catch-22. While your vehicle may get some shade or covering, there are plenty of things that can go wrong underneath a tree. One of the most major threats is a branch falling onto your car, and the bigger the branch the bigger issue you’re likely going to have to deal with. It’s important to beware of sap as well, as it can destroy your paint and stick to your windshield.

Construction Zones

It’s never a good idea to park your car near any construction project. The risk you run is your windshield or car getting hit or dinged with buckets, falling hammers, ladders, or other heavy equipment. A surefire way to avoid these scenarios is to avoid construction areas, even if it means parking farther away. It’s better to walk for a few more minutes than return to a car that has been damaged.

Roof Snow & Ice

The winters in New York can be brutal, which is why it’s important to pay attention to snow and ice drifts on the rooftops of buildings. If you have a garage at home, park your car in there for the entire winter season. This way, you can avoid ice falling from your roof and cracking or shattering your windshield. Pay attention when out in public as well, as commercial buildings can suffer from ice and snow drifts just as much as your home can.

Protect your auto glass from any unfortunate accidents and keep an eye on where you park your vehicle. If your windshield becomes the unfortunate victim of falling debris, trust the experts here at Windshield Centers to have you back on the road safely in no time!

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.

3 Ways You’re Damaging Your Windshield Without Knowing It

Driving is one of the riskiest things we do every day. Regardless of if you’re one of the safest drivers around, the sheer number of other operators on the road means that every time you get behind the wheel, you’ll be facing new circumstances. With all of the major worries we have to consider while driving our cars, it can be easy to forget about the small things. That’s why we’re here to notify you of the little things that can slowly wear down your windshield.

1.) Windshield Wipers

As time passes, the wiper blades on your windshield wear down. As this happens, hard plastic is exposed that can have a negative impact on your windshield. Not only can that hard plastic make marks along your windshield while the wipers are in use, but the plastic can also chip away at your windshield and wear down its integrity. Wiper blades are a maintenance item worth spending money on, and should be replaced twice a year.

2.) Dirt

Dirt is entirely common and practically impossible to avoid when behind the wheel. It’s a small thing to be wary of, but too much dirt and grime can increase the impacting force of road debris. The reason for this is because dirt and grime cause the surface of the glass to be uneven. So, when a rock hits a clean surface, the force of the impact is evenly distributed across the surface. If the windshield surface is dirty, however, the chance of cracking increases due to the uneven transfer of energy.

3.) Cold Weather

A lot of us don’t have the luxury of storing our car in an enclosed space during the winter months, or times of cold weather. When you leave your vehicle in the cold for extended periods of time, the car is robbed of much needed heat. Like most things, glass contracts when exposed to cold air. So, cold weather can greatly influence the destabilization of a windshield. If your windshield already has a chip or crack, exposing it to air beneath 30 degrees can increase its likelihood of cracking by more than 60%.

While the major concerns of operating a motor vehicle should always be at the forefront of your mind when getting behind the wheel, it is important to consider the little things too. Safe driving requires one to remain on top of a lot of different aspects of their vehicle. When it comes to your windshield, keep an eye out for the small things that could eventually add up to a larger expense. Hindsight is 20/20, so do what you can to keep your windshield healthy for as long as possible!

Preparing your Vehicle for Winter

Winter is just a few weeks away and we’re already anticipating the snowstorms we’re accustomed to in Western New York. Winters can be devastating to your vehicle and your safety while driving if you don’t prepare well enough.

Here are a few ways to get ready for winter:

  • Use winter windshield wiper fluid. Not many drivers are aware but windshield wiper fluid for summer is very different from the fluids used for winter. This fluid won’t freeze and will help keep your windshield clear of ice and snow.
  • Do a coolant and antifreeze check. This is a must before the winter starts. It’s in the name. Antifreeze will keep you and your car from freezing this winter.
  • Check tire pressure or switch to winter tires. At the minimum you must check your tire pressure before December rolls around but if you’ve been living in the Northeast for long enough you know that winter tires are the way to go if you want to stay safe on the road this winter.

Windshield Centers provides windshield replacement and repair services in Rochester and Buffalo, NY. Contact us online or at (877) 599-5196 to schedule windshield repair or replacement services today.

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How is your Windshield a Safety Feature?

Everyone knows that they should wear their seat belt. Most drivers know if they have air bags in their vehicle. We all see car commercials every day with the test dummies flying forward in a mini-van. But very few drivers are aware of just how important their windshield is to their safety.

In early automobiles, windshields were designed to keep dirt, debris, rocks and any other materials out of the vision of the driver. Now, windshields are designed to contribute heavily to the overall structural integrity of the automobile. In front end collisions, the windshield can provide up to 45% of the structural integrity of the automobile. The rigidity and strength of the windshield is essential for maintaining the structure of the vehicle’s cabin during collision.

In rollovers, your windshield helps support the weight of the car, preventing the roof from caving in. One of the most common causes of fatalities in rollovers are head injuries and ejections. The windshield helps prevent both of these by keeping passengers inside while helping prevent the automobile from crushing into itself.

Additionally, laminated auto glass is strong enough to support the force and speed of a deploying air bag. Many passenger side air bags deploy from the dashboard and actually bounce off of the windshield into the passenger. The strength of a properly installed windshield helps to support this level of force.

The car windshield has developed to become a key safety component for your vehicle. If you encounter any damage to your windshield, you should get it looked at by an auto glass repair expert as soon as possible.

 

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.