De-icing Your Windshield

During the winter, drivers all around have trouble with their cars and the snow. One thing we can all agree on is the annoyance of when our windshield is iced over from the night before. Windshield Centers has a few tips to share for how to de-ice your windshield without causing any cracks to the glass.

  • Start your engines!: No we are not racing, but starting your care beforehand can save you a bunch of time. If you do not have the luxury of owning a car starter, you want to manually start your car and make sure the systems “defrost” setting is on for both the front and back windshield. Make sure to have them on midway, as a full blast can cause cracking. While you are getting ready for your day your car will be warming up while the defrosters are taking care of softening the ice.
  • Scrapers: Make sure you have a couple of different scrapers at your disposal. Usually in the trunk or back seat of your car for easy access. One can be specifically for snow,brushes, while the other can be for ice. You want to make sure the scraper designated for ice is made from plastic as this is the best way to get off ice.
  • Solutions: Although we advise to not use hot water, as this cracks the glass, there are a couple of solutions you can make on your own to get rid of ice. One is a saltwater solution, the salt will prevent the water you use to refreeze the windshield while melting the existing ice at the same time. Spray with caution as too much salt can damage glass. The other solution is alcohol based. The chemicals in the rubbing alcohol act the same as salt and melt the ice. With this solution there is no glass damage so you can use it generously.

Always be on the safe side before leaving for your day after a cold night. Make sure that all of the ice has been melted as any remains can obstruct your vision. If you feel like you have removed most of the heavy ice off, use a snow brush or the windshield wipers to whisk away the remaining ice. Remember, safety first!

Driving Safe in the Winter

Winter is the most dangerous season for driving in western New York. Accidents happen more frequently than usual because of icy roads, snow banks limiting driver’s vision, and because of the tough, cold conditions for your car. Follow these tips to keep safe on the road this winter:

  • Keep your gas tank at least half full at all times. That way, if you break down you will have a source of heat. You can run your engine at idle for hours while you wait for service.
  • Wear your sunglasses when driving. Yes, we all think of summer when we think of sunglasses, but they are actually very important for driving in the winter because of snow blindness. Snow creates a lot of glare, so sunglasses can help you stay safe on the road.
  • Keep your windshield wiper fluid reservoir full.
  • Accelerate and decelerate slower than normal. It takes longer to come to a complete stop in icy conditions. Slow down significantly before you take turns. Everything takes longer and is more dangerous in the winter.
  • If possible, when approaching stop signs and turns, don’t come to a complete stop . Try to keep your wheels turning when driving in the snow. It takes a lot more to get going in the snow or ice, so if you can keep up your momentum, you will not get stuck or slip out when starting up again.

Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop in Rochester and Buffalo, NY.

Contact us online or at (800) 900-1505 to schedule windshield repair or replacement services today.

Five Tips for Staying Safe on the Road this Fall

Every season presents its own unique challenges for driving safely. For fall drivers, some of the challenges faced on the road include slick streets covered with wet leaves, an influx of new drivers as school starts, thick morning fog, sun glare, and increased traffic from woodland animals.

Wet and slippery conditions are one of the most distinct dangers about the fall season. While the spring is also known as the rainy season, the fall is also very wet in general. This is made extra dangerous by the fact that fallen leaves on the road are also very slippery. This can significantly increase the amount of time it takes to come to a stop while driving, and lead to skidding on the road.

The fall also means back to school time for many parents and teenagers. Not only will there be more buses and parents driving their kids to school in the morning, but there will also be many more teenage drivers on the road. This surge in morning traffic can cause frustration for many drivers, as their morning routine is suddenly disrupted. Be sure to give yourself more time in the morning before hitting the road.

Another reason to drive extra careful in the morning is fog. Cold fall mornings can be one of the worst times for fog. Use your fog lights; don’t use high beams because it will create glare, which makes it even more difficult to see.

Fall is one of the most common seasons for animal travel because of the mating season. Deer crossings are common in the fall. Heed the warnings of crossing signs. If you see one deer cross, wait for other to cross because they usually travel together.

 

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.

 

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.