Auto Glass Terminology

Getting your auto glass repaired and you want to be able to speak the lingo when you go in for service? Read our handy glossary of terms to figure out what your auto glass technician is talking about.

Acoustic Interlayer – A special layer of glass that helps make your car noise insulated.

FMVSS –  The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. These include numerous standards of safety for auto glass quality, windshield installation, and windshield weights.

HUD – Heads up display. A relatively new feature in automobiles that displays important information, traditionally found on the dashboard, onto the windshield. HUD is safer because it is easier to view quickly while driving.

O.E.M. – Original Equipment Manufacturer glass is glass built to the same specifications that your original auto glass was made. It is often built by the same manufacture that made your original glass, but is sometimes made by a new manufacturer building to the original specifications. This is the safest and highest quality glass because it was made specifically for your vehicle.

PVB – Polyvinyl Butyral. This is what makes front windshields able to absorb damage without completely shattering. The PVB provides strength and keeps broken windshields together.

Windshield Repair Resin – Windshield repair resin is used to fill in cracks or chips in windshields. Windshield Centers uses Clarity® Windshield Repair Resin for all of our windshield repairs for maximum strength and clarity of vision after repair.

Five Ways to Avoid a Deer Collision

As of 2012, car and deer collisions have caused an average of 200 deaths and cost an estimated $4 billion every year in the US – and the chances of hitting one can increase depending on what state you live in. To make sure you aren’t another statistic, there are a few important ways to avoid hitting a deer that you should be familiar with, as these tips could save your life.

  • Check for signs
    This is one of the most obvious ways to prevent a collision with deer. Towns or highway departments will usually post these signs for a reason: that the area has high deer activity and perhaps car-deer collisions have occurred multiple times at those spots. These signs will usually appear in parks, forests, or waterway areas. Make sure to slow down and be alert.
  • Use high beams
    Another quick fix to avoiding a car-deer accident is to simply turn your headlights on whenever you are the only car on the road. High beams will afford a larger field of vision so you can prepare ahead of time to stop if there is a deer in or on the side of the road. Also pay attention to oncoming traffic headlights; a quick couple flicks of the high beams from an oncoming vehicle means to watch out ahead for deer.
  • Beware of the time
    Deer are shy creatures who, like humans, are often quite predictable when it comes to forming a routine or schedule. These animals love the hours around sunrise and sunset to graze – and it is these hours when it is hardest for us to adjust our eyes to the light. Always be on the lookout or plan your trip for a different time of day.
  • Know when to use the horn
    Although deer, moose, and other large forest animals are generally timid and will bolt at the slightest sign of people, they may become terrified when they see your approaching vehicle and stay firmly planted in the middle of the road. Stop the car (do not swerve into the opposite lane if you can help it) and wait a few seconds to see if they will move. Flick your lights on and off. As a last resort, use the horn in short bursts. Using a horn could cause a deer to become aggressive depending on the season.
  • When there’s one, there’s more
    Perhaps not so much the case for moose, this is almost always the case when you see a deer. One deer may be in the middle of the road, but the others could be hiding out along the shoulder waiting to follow their leader. After the first one has crossed, check both sides of the road with your high beams on to make sure there aren’t any more.

In the event that you do hit a deer, remembering to be a defensive driver, go the speed limit, and wearing your seat belt could end up preventing serious injury to both your car and you or your passengers. Safe travels!

Windshield Centers a Member of the Auto Glass Safety Council

Windshield Centers and its partner brands are a proud member of the Auto Glass Safety Council. The AGSC is a non-profit organization committed to facilitating and promoting the safe replacement of auto glass and windshields. The AGSC develops the Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standard (AGRSS), the only auto glass replacement standards in North America.

The Auto Glass Safety Council™ (formerly the AGRSS Council) also offers training programs and accreditation to members of the auto glass industry. We are proud members of the AGSC and support its mission to promote awareness of proper auto glass replacement standards.

 

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.

Windshield Repair Services in New York

We perform windshield repair and replacements throughout western New York. We have two auto glass shops in Clarence and Rochester, NY. From these locations, we service the greater Rochester area, Buffalo, and Niagara Falls.

Our shop in Clarence, NY is just a few minutes down the road from Buffalo, NY. The Clarence Windshield Centers is also just a few miles southeast of Niagara Falls. We are located in the western part of town on Sheridan Dr., just off Main St., Route 5. Our mobile windshield repair & replacement technicians travel throughout the greater Buffalo and Niagara Falls area, delivering on-location auto glass services.

Our other Windshield Centers location is in Rochester, NY. We are located towards the eastern part of the city, and travel throughout the greater Rochester area providing on-location windshield repair and replacement services. Our shop is on W Ridge Rd, near the Greece Ridge Mall. We are located close to the border of Greece.

We travel up to 50 miles away from each of our two New York locations to perform mobile windshield repairs and replacements. Contact us online or at (800) 900-1505 to schedule windshield repair or replacement services today.

Highway Safety Act Anniversary

This week, in 1966, Congress passed the Highway Safety Act. This significant piece of legislation ushered in the creation of the National Highway Safety Bureau, which would later become the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Throughout the 1960’s, motor accidents were becoming the leading cause of deaths among adult Americans. In 1965 alone, 49,000 Americans died in motor accidents.

The Highway Safety Act of 1966 allowed lawmakers to make improvements to both vehicle and highway design in order to improve safety. Countless safety features in vehicles became commonplace due to the Act, such as: headrests, seat belts, and strong, shatter-resistant windshields. Highways were improved as well, with the addition of reflectors, breakaway signs, barriers, and guardrails making highway driving safer.

Changes in driving laws and safety standards brought many changes to the road and automobile manufacturing. Over the course of the next several years, the changes were recognized to have a serious positive impact for driver’s safety. The rate of fatal accidents decreased.

Without this significant piece of legislation, we would not have the standards for auto glass safety that we do today. Several Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards created specifications for the transparency of auto glass, windshield mounting standards, and the length of permissible penetration in windshields.

 

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 Effect of Heat on Damaged Windshields & Auto Glass

During the summer, your car’s auto glass takes extra stress from the intense heat of the season. The summer heat does not directly cause chips or cracks in your windshield or auto glass, but it can be very bad for a damaged windshield. If your windshield or glass already has cracks or chips in it, you will likely see this damage spread as the glass expands with the heat.

Most windshields are made up of two sheets of glass with a thin layer of polyvinyl butyral between them. A small crack in your windshield will typically have only caused damaged to the first layer of the glass. However, if left out in the intense summer heat for too long, these minor cracks will eventually spread to the point where windshield replacement will become necessary.

Another way to cause stress to current windshield damage during the summer is by cranking up the air conditioning right when you get in your hot car. The rapid change in temperature causes stress to already damaged windshields. It is not uncommon for cracks to lengthen when directly exposed to cold air after sitting in the sun.

The summer is one of the worst times of the year to put off getting a windshield repair. Minor cracks and chips in your windshield will undoubtedly spread when exposed to intense heat and sunlight. Be proactive with windshield damage and get your auto glass repaired as soon as you see it.

 

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.

Car Safety Tips for your Pets

For many families around the country, summer means family road trips. Whether you’re driving across the state or across the country, road trips are as fun as they are stressful. There is no better way to bond with family and friends than packing up the car and traveling down the highways and back roads of the country. But for many families, a road trip includes more than just the human members of the clan. Many dogs will get to ride along this summer and throughout the year as more and more families decide to take pet-friendly vacations. Here are a few tips for making sure that your dog has the best experience possible during your trip:

  • First of all, make sure you have the right sized car for handling an animal. Don’t force a medium-sized dog to spend hours in the back of a Honda Accord with all your bags. If this is your only option, you might be better off leaving the dog with a sitter while you’re gone. It’s recommended that wagons, SUVs, and mini-vans are used for long trips with an animal.
  • Get a crate that is large enough for your dog to stand up in. If it is big enough for a standing dog then they should be able get up and turn around during your trip. That is essential for the dog to find comfort during the trip. Get your dog used to the crate by having them use it a couple hours a day for a week leading up to the trip.
  • Make sure you put some miles on your dog before the trip! An experienced “rider” will be more easy going in the car, so make sure to bring your dog along for rides leading up to the big trip.
  • Never leave your pet alone in the car. Even with your windows cracked, your car becomes a furnace in no time and will cause heatstroke for your animals.
  • Stop every few hours for your dog to go to the bathroom and have a drink of water. Always attach a leash before you open the car door. Bring bottles of your own water with you.

 

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.

A Short History of Auto Glass

In the early days of the automobile, the windshield was considered a luxury item by most car manufacturers and drivers. A windshield was commonly considered an add-on feature that would increase the cost of the automobile. And it was typically little more than a sheet of glass that was divided horizontally so that the driver could fold the glass down when it got too dirty.

The windshield was later more seriously incorporated  into the automobile in the early 20th Century, in the years following the invention of shatter resistant glass by French chemist, Edouard Benedictus. In a fortunate accident in 1904, Benedictus dropped a glass flask filled with dried collodium film. While the flask cracked, it did not completely shatter. His invention would provide the foundation for later developments in auto glass technology, and would later be used for windshield glass by the 1920’s.

By 1915, Oldsmobile was including windshields as a standard feature in all of their vehicles. Additionally, Henry Ford began to recognize the importance of stronger and safer windshield glass. Ford would make it mandatory to put laminated glass in all the vehicles coming off his lines by 1919. In the 1930’s, tempered glass began to replace the glass Benedictus pioneered. Made in a process of repeated heating and cooling, tempered glass was surprisingly strong yet thin. Its ability to break down in accidents made it safer for drivers, reducing the chance of broken glass flying into the face of the driver.

In the 1960’s, it became clear that automobiles needed guidelines and safety standards, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was formed in 1970. The NHTSA now sets the standards of safety for auto glass and windshields, dictating the strength and clarity required for automobiles 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.

Windshield Repair at Home

You don’t need any more things added to your to-do list. That is why we make the windshield repair and replacement process as easy as possible for you by coming to you to perform the service. Our mobile windshield repair service technicians can repair or replace your broken windshield or auto glass in your driveway.

Why is this service so convenient?

You may need to use our services but our location is out of the way for you. But chances are, you’re not out of the way for us! Our mobile service technicians drive as far as 50 miles from our locations. They make repairs and replacements all around this 50 mile radius service area. They can easily meet you at your house to make the repair.

Even in your driveway, we can perform windshield replacements in less than 60 minutes and windshield repairs in less than 30 minutes. While you will still need to wait the one hour Safe Drive Away Time, it is more convenient because your car is already in your driveway, rather than having to wait at one of our shops.

Contact us today for more information about mobile windshield repair services.