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!

High-tech windshield developments are around the corner

When people think of cutting edge tech in the auto industry, the windshield is not what comes to mind first. Usually the only time when drivers even notice their windshield is when there’s either a crack or chip somewhere in view (always a good idea to get that fixed ASAP). Little do most know, the windshield has seen some crazy tech advances over the past 100 or so years and has some science fiction-esk changes coming in the immediate future.

Believe it or not, back in the early 1900’s windshields were not even considered standard, they were a luxury! Originally windshields were made of normal glass that you would see on a house or building; however this was not the safest choice as it would shatter on impact sending shards of dangerous projectiles into the cabin of a vehicle, ouch. It wasn’t until around 1904 that a French chemist found that glass covered with a dried resin film would keep its shape and not shatter upon impact. This started the windshield revolution and in 1915 Oldsmobile was the first company to not only make windshields standard but use tempered glass, which is much more like the windshield we know today.

Over the years the windshield has grown much stronger overall but hasn’t really seen any revolutionary tech or features added. In upcoming years this should all change, with additions such as self-cleaning and water repelling windshields to “heads up” displays that allow for drivers to have an abundance of information projected onto the windshield there are just a few of the exciting new developments on the horizon. These high-tech windshields can display things such as speed and navigation information so drivers won’t have to take their eyes off the road. Other displays such as pedestrian detection and weather/traffic updates will aid the driver as well, creating a safer experience for the driver and others on the road.

Other notable developments in windshield tech are optimizing them to be the lightest and strongest possible. Corning Inc. is developing a windshield that actually uses Gorilla Glass, a lightweight high-strength material that is found in smartphone screens. The benefits of having stronger windshields are obvious (better durability, less scratch/chip prone, better rollover protection) but why would you want a lighter one? The answer is simple, better fuel economy (lighter weight of the vehicle makes for better gas mileage). With fuel economy standards the strictest they’ve ever been, companies have been trying to slim down on just about every part of the vehicle, windshields not excluded.

Even though there are some exciting advances in windshield technology coming up, it’s still important to take care of the one you have! That means addressing any cracks, chips, or defects as soon as possible to ensure your safety and increase the life of your windshield. For the best windshield repair and replacement in the Buffalo and Rochester area, look no further than Windshield Centers. We have expert glass technicians and provide convenience so you can get in and get out with the peace of mind your windshield will protect you. Call us at 800 900-1505 to request a quote or schedule your next appointment today!

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.

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.

Your Mercedes Car Could Be Another Person’s GPS to Locate a Parking Space

Are you often frustrated by how difficult it is to find a parking space for your car in a crowded city district? Did you pass by a vacant spot by mistake because you did not see the space until you went past it? According to a recent study from Apcoa, up to 30 percent of the traffic in cities today are accounted to searching for parking lots. Well, Mercedes-Benz now is aiming to reduce the time and trouble of looking for a parking space by notifying the driver ahead of time using other Mercedes-Benz cars on the road. This is part of a larger project aimed at helping drivers safe time, reduce traffic congestion, and pollution from cars encircling the area looking a space.  

Mercedes and parts supplier, Robert Bosch GmbH are developing a pilot project that will note an empty space a driver has passed by and upload the information to help others that are looking for a parking space in the nearby area. It collects data of parking spaces from a vehicle driving up to a speed of 34 miles per hour.

Here is how it works:

First, the system will calculate the odds of finding a parking spot in the specified street. Then, it will share real time information on the location and size of the spot which will be displayed on the monitor of the car.

Other car-makers are also finding ways to help make parking easier for drivers. BMW’s ParkNow allow drivers to reserve a spot in parking garages in addition to pay for a space on the road. Siemens is using radar installed on street lamp posts to deliver parking locations of the street. So, in the future, don’t be surprised that Mercedes or BMW cars always beat you to the spot when looking for a parking space on the street.

 

Windshield Centers provides windshield replacement and repair services in Rochester and Buffalo, NY. Contact us online or at (800) 900-1505 to schedule windshield repair or replacement services today.

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.

Caring for Your Auto Glass

Every good car owner knows how to take care of the basic components of their vehicle to keep it running well. Changing your oil, rotating and changing your tires, and regular check-ups are all basic things that will keep your vehicle running well. For auto glass, there is not quite as much you can do for general maintenance. If you have your windshield replaced by a professional auto glass company like Windshield Centers, you do not have much to worry about. Our auto glass technicians will install your windshield or auto glass so that it will stay secure and safe.

For auto glass care, the most important thing you can do is regularly check your windshield for cracks or chips. Small chips can easily go unnoticed when they occur. If you miss a small chip in your windshield, it could only take a few weeks or months for that tiny chip to spread into a large crack that could require a full windshield replacement. If you are able to catch those small chips before they spread, you can potentially save yourself money by getting your windshield repaired instead of replaced.

To request a quote for windshield replacement , please visit our quote form page or give us a call at 800-900-1505.