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.

To Replace, or Not to Replace, Side Door Windows

We all seemingly know what to do when our windshield is damaged or destroyed. We make an appointment, we get it replaced, and we continue on our merry way. The process is similar for side windows as well, but a more common question would be whether you should repair or replace your side windows. The answer to this questions relies on two separate factors, condition and cost. So, without further ado, let’s get this question answered!

Replacement

If your window has been completely smashed, or smashed to the point where only partial fragments of the window remain, then the only solution is replacement. Even in scenarios where the window is still intact but the window track is damaged, the window will have to be replaced. The make and model of your car also factor into the replacement, but it doesn’t change the fact that you’ll need some new auto glass if your side door window has been busted.

Repair

If you bring your car into the shop and your side window only has a crack or a few chips on it, then repairing the window is in your best interest. Luckily for you, this is the more affordable option! However, the one caveat here is the state of the crack or chips upon arrival. A small chip on your side window requires little effort to repair, and doesn’t pose a huge risk to the overall health of your side window. On the other hand, if you arrive and your side window has several large cracks, then repair is likely not an option. When several large cracks are present, there is no stability to help back up the overall integrity of the window. In cases like these, replacement is the much safer option.

Cost

9 times out of 10, replacing a window is more expensive than repairing it. However, there are exceptions. For example, a window can be labeled “repairable”, but it might cost the vehicle owner less to replace the window outright than to repair it. If you’re unsure as to what the best course of action is, our expert technicians can help make the call in regards to the safest, most cost effective option.

When it comes to auto glass replacement and repair, Windshield Centers is your go to destination. Call us at 585-957-7080, or fill out our online contact form!

What to Do If Your Window is Broken

Whether you’re running errands or simply leaving for work in the morning, odds are you want your car to be fully intact when you go to drive it. Exiting your house to find one of your car windows smashed in is definitely a bad way to start the day, to say the least. Regardless of whether it’s the result of theft or some freak accident, you’re going to have to tend to your broken auto glass. We’re here to offer some tips on what to do after your window has been broken.

1.) Call Your Insurance Company and File a Police Report

If your broken window is the result of a break-in and not some natural event, leave everything undisturbed until you call your insurance company and file a police report. Sometimes both the police and insurance companies will take all the details over the phone, and other times they will want to come to you in person to write up the report. If your situation falls into the latter, and the insurance company and police want to come in person, then clean nothing. This way, they can fully assess the situation without your interference. If they aren’t coming in person, make sure you take pictures that accurately capture the damage.

2.) Clean the Glass

One of the easiest ways to clean up shattered glass is with a vacuum, so grab a vacuum and clear as much glass as possible. You should keep in mind that when you bring your car in for a new window, the technicians at the shop will also vacuum your car. So, you don’t have to worry about getting all of the glass. Also, be sure to empty the glass from the vacuum before putting it away.

3.) Cover Your Window

Once the two previous steps are all said and done, try your best to secure the window. Doing so will help keep any elements from the outdoors, such as rain or snow, from entering your vehicle until the window can be addressed, and thus protects your interior. A couple of examples of materials you can use are clear packing tape and/or a trash bag. Various other methods can be employed to cover up your window, it just depends on which one works best for your specific situation. Just be sure not to get any of the clear packing tape on the paint of your car, as it can cause the paint to peel.

Having all of your car windows intact is important. After all, they are there for a reason! After going through the motions of filing a report, if necessary, and cleaning up the initial mess, come on down to Windshield Centers. Our professionals will replace the window and have you on your way in no time. Call us at (585) 957-7080, or fill out our online contact form!

3 Methods of Windshield Repair

When you’re out driving on the road, rocks and other debris can easily cause damage to your windshield. You could be casually driving along when BAM, a rock hits your windshield at the perfect trajectory. As you go through the motions of scheduling an appointment for auto glass repair, you may find yourself wondering about how a windshield is repaired in the first place. We’re here to explain three common windshield repair methods.

1.) Replacing the Windshield

Sometimes there are chips and cracks that go beyond simple patch jobs. If a windshield chip is larger than a quarter, it likely cannot be filled. Also, if the crack is larger than a dollar bill, repair isn’t an option. In situations like that, the entire windshield would have to be replaced. Replacing a windshield involves taking out the old windshield and putting in a completely new piece of glass. This process is best left to a professional, and should not be performed on your own.

2.) Windshield Patch

If you’re in need of a windshield patch, you can usually purchase a do-it-yourself repair kit. After acquiring the kit, apply the patch over the damaged portion of the windshield, and smooth out the patch to allow it to work. The patch will harden, which helps strengthen the damaged area. The patch will not strengthen the glass itself, but it will hold the area together to prevent future cracking.

3.) Windshield Resin

This method is used most often by professionals for repairing cracks and chips. The way it works is that resin is injected into the crack or chip, and then a heat source is utilized to harden the resin. As it hardens, the resin expands and works to fill the damage. The resin helps prevent the current windshield damage from spreading, and also helps strengthen the area.

For all of your windshield repair needs, contact the professionals at Windshield Centers! Call us at (800)-900-1505, or fill out our online contact form!

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!

Methods for Protecting Your Windshield from Bug Splatters

If you’re like me, you feel bad when a bug explodes on your windshield. If not, you’re simply inconvenienced by the fact you now have a giant splatter mark on your auto glass. No bug is going to crack your windshield, but what they leave behind can make it look unsightly. Not to mention they can cover your grill and hood too. Follow some of these tips to keep your vehicle bug carcass and splatter free.

1.) Apply Car Wax

Applying car wax to your vehicle before bug season can ensure your car will be protected from most bug splatters, at least on the hood and bumper. Not only can a fresh coat of wax protect your car’s paint job, it also deflects bug splatters from coming into direct contact with your vehicle.

2.) Apply Baby Oil

If you’re out of car wax, it doesn’t mean you can’t be protected from bug splatters! One of the alternatives you can utilize is baby oil. Just be sure it is the nonstick, light baby oil. Apply a thin layer to your hood, grille, and bumper. Also, you can apply a layer of baby oil above the windshield as well. This method isn’t going to keep your car splatter free, but it will make the clean-up process much simpler.

3.) Get a Bug Shield

Yes, bug shields are real car accessories. The purpose of the shield is to absorb bug impacts, and they usually send bugs right up over your car. They are relatively cheap to purchase, and can save you both time and money on having to replace windshield wiper blades during bug season.

Protecting your car against bug splatters not only relieves you of the hassle of cleaning it up, but it also greatly reduces the chance of experiencing paint discoloration and windshield blurring. Now that summer is here, utilize these tips to help keep your car bug free!

The Benefits of Replacing Your Windshield with OEM Glass

Over the time you have your car, there is a very good chance you will, at some point, have to replace your windshield. When you do, there are several benefits to choosing OEM, or Original Equipment Manufacturer glass over aftermarket.

OEM glass comes directly from the manufacturer of your original windshield. This means that your windshield will be sized perfectly to fit your vehicle, and the glass was designed with the precise specifications of your car in mind. Aftermarket glass is more readily available at most auto shops but is more likely to be too large or small for the size of your windshield, and noise reduction can be affected as a result of improperly sized glass. The tint may vary from your previous OEM windshield. An OEM windshield will share any extra features your old windshield possessed, such as heat retention or rain sensors. Quality of aftermarket glass may vary, and retaining your expensive, handpicked features will not be a given.  Depending on the manufacturer of the aftermarket glass, your windshield may or may not be covered under warranty. While aftermarket prices, availability and downtimes may look appealing, an OEM windshield is guaranteed to protect your vehicle and passengers.
Windshield Centers prides itself on having OEM parts available for almost all makes and models of domestic and foreign vehicles. If you need a windshield replacement, click here to make an appointment online, or call us at (800) 900-1505.

 

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.

Protecting Cracked & Broken Glass Before a Windshield Repair

Windshield damage is an often-unavoidable fact of life. It can be sustained from weather changes, rocks being kicked up by the car in front of you, or acorns falling from trees, among other causes. How you go about handling glass damage can affect the type of repair you need.

The first thing you should do when examining a windshield crack is make sure that it does not block your view of the road. Many cracks start out small, but pressure from varying weather conditions and other objects hitting the glass could lead to the crack expanding. While small cracks and dings can generally be repaired, cracks longer than six inches require window replacement and increase the cost and urgency of the service. Measure the crack as soon as possible after it happens, and keep an eye on it to make sure it does not expand. You should also take a picture of the damage for your insurance company, who will want a full description of the damage and, if possible, how it was sustained. If the damage begins at the edge of the window, it will need to be replaced quickly because glass will be more prone to shatter and the vehicle will not be safe to drive.

After filing a claim with your insurance company, there are several measures you can take to prevent the crack from growing before the repair. If the crack does not block your view of the road, you can put a piece of clear masking tape over the damage to keep the area clean and sealed, much like a band aid. Avoid parking directly in the sun, as heat can further warp the damage and make it more difficult to repair. Park in the shade or in a garage when possible. During warmer months, refrain from blasting your air conditioner as soon as you get in the car. Temperature change is the most likely thing to contribute to windshield damage. Open your windows and doors to cool your car before driving, or run your air conditioner on the lower settings. To avoid jostling the glass further, avoid potholes, drive carefully over speed-bumps, and close your doors gently.

If the damage to your windshield is more extensive, you will need to get a replacement. If the glass has shattered, use a vacuum to remove small shards of glass and your gloved hands to pick up larger pieces. Wipe down the edge of the window frame with a damp cloth to catch anything that could get caught in the crack. Use the clear masking tape in strips to cover the window in a grid, both in and out of the car. Please note that this is not recommended for driving as the tape will be in your line of vision if you are fixing your windshield.

While some of these measures can help you put off a repair or replacement for a bit, the crack is ultimately in glass and will need to be worked on. Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop in the greater Rochester and Buffalo, NY. You can come to our repair shop or we will bring the repair to you at home, work or school. Contact us online or at (800) 900-1505 to schedule windshield repair or replacement services today.

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How Long Will a Windshield Replacement Take?

Windshield replacements typically take about 60 minutes or less, whether we are on the road at your location, or you come to ours. The second part of the replacement process is the one hour safe drive away time. This one hour wait time allows the Sika brand urethane adhesive to cool and set, so that your windshield is perfectly and safely secured.

The entire process takes about two hours. This includes preparation of the vehicle (including clearing the broken glass and debris), the actual windshield replacement, and the one hour safe drive away time. This time is an industry low for a complete windshield replacement.

Call us at 800 900-1505 to request a quote or schedule your next appointment today!