Four Tips for Cleaning your Auto Glass

With springtime upon us, many drivers will be cleaning their cars to wash away the dirt and grime left over from the winter. If you are washing your car yourself, use these tips to help you properly clean your auto glass.

  • Find an auto glass cleaner. You should avoid glass cleaners that contain ammonia or alcohol because not only are the fumes dangerous, but they can also damage your window tint. Exposure to those chemicals will also damage interior leather or vinyl. Look for a glass cleaner that is safe for tinted windows.
  • Use a glass cleaning towel. Find yourself a high-quality microfiber towel for cleaning your glass. Bad quality towels will only leave streaks on your windows, so you’ll just end up working against yourself. At worst, a bad towel can even scratch your glass.
  • Use long and steady motions when wiping with the microfiber towel. Long back and forth motions ensure that you are completely covering the glass you are working on, and minimizes streaks.
  • Do not clean your windows in the direct sunlight. The sun can dry the water and glass cleaner faster than you can actually clean with it. This causes spots and streaks because you can’t work them out fast enough. Try to clean your windows in the shade if possible.

 

For more information about Windshield Center’s services and hours, call us at 800-900-1505 or contact us online.

Specialty Vehicles Serviced by Windshield Centers

Your windshield is one of the most important safety features in your vehicle. For the average automobile, an unharmed windshield is important for maintaining the structural integrity of the vehicle. Similarly, all pieces of auto glass in your car are important for a sound structural design, and are key security features.

However, windshields and auto glass are important for more than just cars. At Windshield Centers, we service several kinds of specialty vehicles, because all of these vehicles are vulnerable to auto glass damage.

We service tractor trailers with auto glass repair and replacement. While tractor trailers use strong, high-quality windshields, they are also out on the road more than almost any other kind of vehicle. This makes tractor trailers vulnerable to random, and almost inevitable, windshield damage. Our certified technicians have the experience and equipment to service semi-truck auto glass.

Windshield Centers also services glass for mobile homes. While some mobile homes don’t spend too much time on the road, those that travel with their mobile homes tend to take long trips, which makes them vulnerable to windshield and glass damage. Also, mobile homes not on the move are still vulnerable to vandalism, one of the leading causes of all auto glass damage.

We also do repairs and replacements for buses. Buses have that distinction of having a lot of windows. Contact Windshield Centers for bus glass repair or replacement.

Contact Windshield Centers today at (800) 900-1505 to find out if we can service your specialty vehicle.

The Future of the Car Dashboard

Car manufacturers and smart phone manufacturers are working together to make dashboards more powerful than ever, as reported by the New York Times this week.

For the past several years, Google and Apple have been developing their respective dashboard technologies, Android Auto and CarPlay. Both systems will have the ability to understand voice commands from the driver, like current blue-tooth systems. However, these dashboard systems would enable users to bring up their  Apple or Android software with essentially the same settings and information as their phones.

Both Google and Apple’s systems would enable drivers to plug their phone into a USB cord, which would bring their phone’s interface up on their dashboard screen. And the phone? That would go blank once the connection is made. Once you are plugged in, your dashboard is now your phone, with the option to make calls and send texts with voice commands. Both companies believe that these innovations will improve driver safety. For most actions, you will only need to use your voice along with occasional, brief glances at the dashboard. Certain apps, like video streaming apps, will be disabled.

Automotive technology is constantly evolving. At Windshield Centers, we stay ahead of the curve on all of the upcoming advancements in automotive technology and safety innovations.

Windshield Repair Services

The Importance of Repairing Minor Windshield Damage

Minor windshield damage is common and unavoidable. Small chips in your windshield can come from rocks being kicked up by other cars, heavy weather, or vandalism. No matter how you get the damage, it can be easy to put the problem on the backburner. If it’s a small crack, you might tell yourself that its not a big deal, and can wait. But even the smallest crack can turn into a big problem.

In the winter time, a great amount of stress is placed on auto glass. Cold weather puts stress on the windshield, which can cause the glass to warp, and the damage to spread. Snow, freezing rain, and hail all have the potential to make the damage even worse.

There are many benefits to getting your windshield repaired before the damage gets out of hand. Our windshield repair process is exceedingly fast; we can have you back on the road in as little as 20 minutes. Our repair services are also more affordable, with many insurance providers completely covering the cost of the service. Additionally, even minor cracks can make the windshield structurally weak, decreasing the chance of the windshield holding up in accidents.

Don’t put off repairing you windshield any longer. Book an appointment today or call us at 800-900-1505.

Welcome to the Windshield Centers Blog

We have created a culture at Windshield Centers that puts the focus on continuing education and training. We pride ourselves in being knowledgeable about all aspects of the auto glass industry.

That is why we have created a place to stay up to date on all the latest news regarding auto glass technology, auto glass maintenance, and overall vehicle safety.

Please visit the Windshield Centers blog to keep up on all of the latest news and updates from a leading expert in the auto glass industry.