7 Items to Always Keep in Your Car

Car-related issues and every day emergencies come in when you’re least expecting them to and being prepared will make the biggest difference when they come up. To help diagnose any issues, get back on the road faster, and to help those small cuts and bruises heal faster, here are seven items you should always keep in your car.

Jumper Cables – Batteries die and sometimes, you aren’t close to anywhere to purchase a new one and don’t have time to wait for roadside assistance. Thanks to the jumper cables you keep in your trunk, it’s easy to get to where you need to go so you can get a new battery installed.

Spare Tire – Flats happen and not all cars have run flats! Always make sure you have a spare tire in your trunk and make sure to replace it (or put the spare back in the trunk) after you repair your flat.

First Aid Kit – Whether you have a really bad blister or your child has fallen and hit their head at the playground, having a well-stocked first aid kit at your finger tips will help clean up small injuries.

Tire Pressure Gauge – Usually very small in size, throw a tire pressure gauge in your glove compartment. When your tires look low, measure them quick and you’ll know just how much air to put back in them to avoid any issues.

Blanket – Blankets always come in hand. Whether your battery dies on a cold night and you need to stay warm while waiting for roadside assistance, you have a spur-of-the-moment picnic, or just need to prevent messes in your backseat when traveling with kids, you’ll never regret throwing an extra blanket in the trunk.

Jack and Lug Wrench – What’s the point of having a spare tire in your car if you don’t have the tools to replace a flat tire? A jack and lug wrench take up a very small amount of space and will make changing a flat tire much easier!

A Durable Multi-Tool – A durable multi-tool will have all of the tools you need in case of an emergency, or even if your child just wants to open their new toy before getting home!

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.

First Steps

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.

Protecting Against the Elements

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 areas. 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.

Improve the Security of Your Car Windows

It’s often considered sage advice to keep all valuables out of your vehicle, or at least hidden from view. If you keep these items on display it is very likely you’re making your vehicle a prime target for theft. You might feel safe when you hear the “beep” of your car lock, but most thieves aren’t going to pick the lock to your door. What they will do, however, is smash your window. That’s why we’re here to tell you about a few ways you can improve the security of your car.

1.) Install a Window Security Film

The way window films are installed is similar to how window tinting is done. However, a security window film reinforces and protects the window. These security films are specifically designed to thwart thieves when they attempt to smash your windows. Even with security film installed, your window can still break but it won’t shatter. The film keeps the broken window in place, which forces the thief to flee due to the fact they already attempted a break in and failed.

2.) Tint Your Windows

Drivers typically install window tint because it looks nice and also protects the interior of their vehicle, but it also provides a level of privacy. With tinted windows, it can be difficult to peer into a car and see what’s in there. Most car thefts occur because thieves can see right into a vehicle and know what valuables are stored there. Anything from a stereo system to a purse is fair game, which is why adding window tint is beneficial because it makes it much more difficult for potential thieves to glance inside of your car.

3.) Roll Up Your Windows, Always

When the weather is hot it can be awfully tempting to leave your window opened just a crack, but know that this also makes it easier for crooks to break your window. Car windows are typically quite resilient, since they have to be able to withstand daily driving and potential collisions. If your window is opened just a bit, it gives thieves the right amount of leverage they need to smash through it. Also, if you leave your window cracked open it provides ample opportunity for crooks to open the door by jimmying the lock inside the car. As you walk away from your car, be sure to check and make sure all of your windows are completely closed.

There is only so much you can do prevent thieves from stealing your valuables, but these tips can help save the valuables in your car from unwanted hands. For all of your auto glass needs, come on down to Wisconsin Windshield Centers. Call us at (262) 832-1160, or fill out our online contact form!

How Does Heat Affect Auto Glass

Have you noticed any cracks or minor chips in your windshield? If left untreated, a minor crack in your windshield can lead to major windshield problems in the future. Most people believe that the integrity of their vehicle’s windshield can be compromised due to flying debris on the road or improper windshield installation, but in fact, the biggest threat to their windshield is temperature change.

Warm Weather Equals Stress

As we transition from the cold winter months to the warmer months of spring, any damage to your windshield that seemed minor can increase in severity due to the change of temperature within the cabin of your vehicle. As the temperature within the cabin increases, so does the stress that is put on your windshield.

How does it work?

Essentially, your windshield is made of two pieces of glass with a layer of vinyl in between both layers. Most cracks or minor chips will only affect the first layer of glass and does not reach to the second layer, but if stress is added to the windshield due to an increased temperature the small cracks in the glass can spread and grow in size. The same effect can be applied to the use of your vehicle’s air conditioning unit. The cold air from the air conditioner will lower the temperature inside the cabin of the car but can put stress on the windshield due to the heat coming from outside of the car.

Solutions

If you notice any cracks in the windshield, we recommend that you have the windshield professionally replaced immediately. Replacing your windshield early on in the spring will help you avoid any serious damage that can occur due to the change in temperature. If however, you are not able to replace your windshield for whatever reason here are some simple solutions that you can apply that can save your windshield from any added stress.

  • Do not immediately turn on your air conditioning unit when entering your vehicle.
  • When parking your vehicle, find a shaded parking space to park your vehicle.
  • Avoid slamming your car door when entering and exiting your vehicle.
  • Gradually increase and decrease the temperature from within the car.

 

Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop in the greater Rochester and Buffalo, NY. Contact us online or at (800) 900-1505 to schedule windshield repair or replacement services today.

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!

What Is Windshield Calibration?

Car owners are provided with a wide range of benefits from automobiles in today day and age as they are often outfitted with a variety of modern advancements. Although, many of these advancements can be just as frustrating as they are useful because modern day car owners struggle with knowing how and when to take care of them.

When individuals realize that their automobile’s windshield needs to be calibrated is a common example of this scenario. It seems outlandish to have to calibrate an automobile’s windshield although many advanced driver assistance safety systems (ADAS) required a properly calibrated windshield to function correctly which is the reason for this. Modern cars rely heavily on these systems to protect not only the vehicle but also those inside of it while on the road which is why it is so important to have completed.

It is generally assumed that a trusted expert like those at Carolina Windshield Centers will be required to complete the maintenance since many automobile owners don’t even know that their windshield needs to be calibrated. A properly functioning camera and safety system is what this guarantees. For those who have recently had a windshield replacement and are in need of help, Windshield Centers is proud to lend that helping hand.

Types of Calibration

The manufacturer of your vehicle is what the type of windshield calibration your car requires is heavily dependent on. There are different types of windshield calibration as some cars require one or the other and sometimes even both which is the reason for this.  Dynamic and static recalibrations are what these processes are referred to. Roads that are heavily marked are what dynamic recalibrations need in order to be completed successfully while static recalibration is quite different. This is because the vehicle needs an image positioned on a stand in front of the vehicle while it remains stationary. The process will be complete after roughly forty-five minutes to an hour.

Contact Windshield Centers for Windshield Calibration services today!

Windshield Centers can complete every kind of windshield calibration that your automobile could possibly require as our expert technicians are heavily trained in regard to all type of auto glass services. Windshield Centers would be proud to help carry out these services for you and ensure the safety of not only your car but those inside of it as well whether you’re looking for just a windshield recalibration, or you’re anticipating the need for one following a windshield replacement. For more information about us and our available services contact us today!

Why Windshields Get Foggy

Most of those who own a vehicle have had the experience of their auto glass such as the windshield becoming foggy at some time since they made the purchase. Despite this, not many of the individuals who have gone through this experience know the reason why it occurs. To prevent it, there are several considerations that one must know. Understanding how this phenomenon occurs will aid you in knowing how you can take care of and remove it from the auto glass in a scenario where you have difficulty seeing.

Similar to a crack in your auto glass that required instant fixing by an auto repair technician, foggy car windows are also crucial to take care of right away as they often lead to a loss of visibility during times of driving. Despite this, the contrast between the two is that car owners do not require expert auto glass technicians like those found at Windshield Centers to take care of foggy auto glass but rather they can remove fog fast by changing a few things in the automobile’s climate.

Understanding The Cause

The air’s moisture is one of the leading causes as to why your auto glass becomes foggy. This can be an issue for many as there are several things that can lead to a raised level of humidity within the car including things like people breathing in the car, outside weather, and much more. On top of the humidity, how hot or cold the air is often also plays a large role in whether your auto glass start to become foggy. When it is warm outside and your vehicle’s air conditioning is blowing on the auto glass, a contrast in temperature leads to the outdoor humidity gathering and fogging up the gas. This is due to the same reason that there is dew on the ground in the morning since the warm morning air touches the colder ground.

Addressing The Cause

When you finally know that leading causes of auto glass fog it is crucial that you understand how to take care of the problem. It is often said that automobile owners should try two things when experiencing this scenario: drying out the air and evaporating the water. If you feel like you are adequately comfortable, have your heat run through the auto glass vents works towards evaporating any moisture that is present in order to reduce fog. On top of this, if there are decent conditions outside drivers can always lower windows to reduce the contrast between the outside and inside temperatures. No matter the cause, taking care of the fog on your auto glass is vital to maintaining a clear field of vision.

Is It Safe To Drive With A Cracked Windshield?

Although many may not realize it, the windshield of an automobile is one of its most crucial parts. The reason for this is because of the fact that it blocks a variety of elements from entering the vehicle while driving such as wind, rain, snow, and more! When you notice a crack in your windshield it is best to address it as soon as possible because even a small crack can quickly grow from a slight pain to a dangerous safety hazard. Many individuals have no problem ignoring a crack in the windshield although they would feel differently if they knew the crack was unsafe. This is why it is important to know how to check if a cracked windshield is safe to drive using a few factors such as the following:

Windshield Crack Size:

The first and most obvious aspect to check is the actual size of the chip or crack. There is a higher chance of your state having laws against you driving if your vehicle has a crack that is long and spread out. In this scenario, the best thing to do is address the problem immediately by replacing the entire windshield. Although, this does not have to be done if the crack is insignificantly small.

Windshield Crack Position:

In addition to the size of the crack it is vital to take into consideration where the crack is located on the windshield as the location can play a vital role in determining whether or not it is safe to drive behind the damaged window. Smaller cracks on the passenger said are often okay to ignore as they will not impede on the drivers ability to see the road whereas cracks that are located on the drivers side and have the potential to grow due to changes in temperature causing the glass to expand and contract. These sort of cracks can quickly turn into driving distractions and warning signs that your windshield needs replacing.

Windshield Damage:

In most cases, cracks that are small than 6 to 12 inches can actually be fix by repairing the windshield as opposed to replacing it entirely. Although if the damage is thought to be quite significant, it is best to consider replacing your in windshield.

Contact Windshield Centers Regarding Your Auto Glass Needs!

If you have carefully considered these factors and determined that the best option Is to replace your windshield, Windshield Centers would be glad to help! We offer auto glass replacement for front, rear, and side automobile windows. Contact us today at 800-900-1505

Preparing Your Car For Winter

Cars are often thought as things that were made to be outdoors. And although this is partially true, that does not mean they are completely immune to the outdoor elements. Modern advancements made to the cars available now a days have certainly increased their hardiness in terms of the level of impact colder weather will have on them. Despite this, there are still several simple steps automobile owners can take to ensure that their car is prepared going into the winter season. Forgetting these steps will not make your car fall apart or be unsafe to drive, although, they will help to give you peace of mind throughout the winter months knowing that you don’t have to worry about the health and wellbeing of your automobile as well as those inside of it.

Replace Fluids

The first thing to take care of when preparing your car for the winter is to make sure to replace or refill any fluids. This includes numerous kinds such as oil, coolant, and wiper fluid. Each of these helps the car is its own unique way and for that reason provides their own benefits throughout the winter season. Coolant is crucial to make sure that fluid inside of your radiator does not freeze while wiper fluid is vital to making sure your windshield is kept clear and easy to see through. In addition to these fluids you should check, it is often recommended that individuals switch to a thinner oil to combat temperatures when they drop below freezing.

Check Tire Pressure

One of the most important things to check before the winter weather kicks in is that your cars tire pressure and tread depth are both at an adequate level. This ensures that your car can keep the proper traction on the road even during or after snowstorms when cars are most likely to slip and slide on the roadway.

Winter Supply Box

In addition to the preparations you can take for your car, there are also preparations you can take for yourself while in the car which includes making sure you have what is referred to as a “winter supply” box in your car. This box will contain a windshield wiper/scraper, extra pairs of gloves, and anything else that can help you keep comfortable, safe, and warm in your car this winter.

If your car has any damaged auto glass it is also recommended to get this fixed before the winter weather. This will help to ensure that the glass does not become more damaged or decrease your visibility while driving. Contact Windshield Centers today for help addressing any damaged auto glass.