Deer Collisions More Common in Fall

Fall is the season where it is most common for deer collisions to occur. According to State Farm, the likelihood of a deer or elk collision doubles in fall. The mating season is one of the main reasons why deer are on the move and end up being on the road. Additionally, newly built roads near deer populations will cause more common collisions.

Here are a few tips for avoiding deer collisions:

  • Deer are most active at dawn and dusk. If you are driving at these times, be aware that this is a common time to encounter deer and elk.
  • Keep a note of road crossing signs that you see on frequent commutes. If there is a deer crossing sign on your morning commute, then you should keep a mental note of it so that you are ready for a potential crossing. The morning commute is a common time for collisions because deer travel at dawn.
  • Drive cautiously if other cars are making sudden moves or driving erratically. They can probably see a deer or elk crossing ahead of them that you cannot see.
  • Don’t swerve when approaching a deer. Most of the severe car accidents associated with deer are because the driver swerved into another car or a tree. Stay the course when approaching a deer.
  • Deer move in groups. If you see one pass by, you can expect that more will follow.

Wisconsin Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop, with locations in West Bend and the greater Milwaukee area. For more information about our services, or to book an appointment, contact us online or give us a call at (800) 900-1505.

Windshield Repair & Replacement Services throughout Wisconsin

Wisconsin Windshield Centers provides high quality windshield repair and replacement services throughout the state of Wisconsin. We have two locations where we provide in-shop auto glass services; we also travel 50 miles and further from these locations to provide mobile windshield replacement services.

One of our auto glass shops is located in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Brookfield is a small city just outside Milwaukee. The Brookfield Wisconsin Windshield Centers is located next to the Shoppers World of Brookfield towards the eastern part of the city. Our mobile windshield repair technicians often perform expert auto glass services in nearby Milwaukee.

Our other auto glass shop is located in West Bend, WI, about an hour north of Brookfield. West Bend is the largest city in Washington County, Wisconsin. Our auto glass shop is located towards the southern end of the city, on South River road. Our mobile windshield replacement technicians travel throughout the state to perform high quality and convenient throughout Washington County.

Wisconsin Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop, with locations in West Bend and the greater Milwaukee area. For more information about our services, or to book an appointment, contact us online or give us a call at (800) 900-1505.

Traveling Tips for Driving with your Dog

Road trips are extra fun when you bring your best friend along for the trip! More and more Americans are taking dog-friendly vacations, and that often requires a lot of travel time with your dog. All dogs are different; some of them love the car where others can’t stand taking a ride. Either way, if you are taking multi-hour road trip, it is most likely the longest trip your dog has taken. While this might seem like a nightmare for some dog owners, there are a few simple tips you can follow that will help dogs have the best experience on their ride.

First off, you are going to want to use a crate for your dog on the trip. Crates are the easiest and safest way to travel with a dog. They keep the dog separated from the driver and helps the dog feel safe. If your dog is not used to being inside a crate, we recommend that you get your dog used to the crate for a couple weeks in advance. Your dog will be much more comfortable if they are used to the crate. Before letting your dog into the crate before the ride, take them for a walk to burn off some energy. This will help them relax once they are in the crate.

While traveling with your dog, do not feed them too much or too often as they may get motion sickness. Stop every couple hours to let your dog stretch their legs, drink water, and have a small snack.

And of course, never leave your dog in an unattended car. Even with the windows cracked, your car quickly becomes an oven that will cause your dog to become dehydrated.

How to drive efficiently to get the best gas mileage possible

There are many simple changes you can make to your driving habits to improve your fuel efficiency. Use these tips to lower your gas consumption without making any changes to your vehicle.

Drive with control and patience. Driving over the speed limit and braking often wastes fuel. Conservative driving habits such as staying under the speed limit and slowing down in advance of stop signs will help you save gas. Switching between quick acceleration and hard braking is a great way to use gas fast.

Avoid vehicle idling for too long. Cars these days do not need excessive amounts of idle time before they are ready to drive. Even in the winter you do not need to let your car warm up for longer than 30 seconds.

Keep your speed steady and consistent. Dips in speed lead to rapid accelerations that increases fuel consumption. To help out with this on the highway, use your car’s cruise control.

Plan out your movements and actions as far in advance as possible to keep up your car’s momentum. Come to very slow stops so that you make use of your car’s momentum without resorting to hard braking. Keep your eyes peeled for any upcoming obstacles so that you can start coming to a stop well in advance.

Accelerate slowly to full speed. Rapid accelerating uses more fuel than a slow acceleration that takes several seconds.

Everyone is trying to save money on gas. Use these tips to improve your vehicle’s gas consumption.

 

History of Auto Glass

When automotive manufacturers began including glass windshields in their vehicles to protect drivers and passengers, many believed that the idea was revolutionary. The addition of glass would protect the driver from debris or shrapnel on the road and attribute to the overall safety and comfort for both the driver and passenger. Shortly after the installation of auto glass, many people then soon realized that the added protection did more harm than good. The glass material was similar to the glass used for house windows; lying flat across the front of the car without any curvature that we are accustomed to today.  There was the risk of the glass shattering and causing further injury to the driver if the carriage was to crash or be involved in an accident.

When modern car windows are hit by objects, the glass does not shatter because of how the glass is laminated with a thin clear plastic film between 2 or more pieces of glass. The film keeps the glass from shattering and falling apart when being hit and providing overall protection to the driver.

Edouard Benedictus:

The person who first developed safety glass was a French scientist by the name of Edouard Benedictus. In 1903, Edouard came up with the idea of creating safety glass after an incident where he accidently broke a glass flask. Edouard noticed how the flask stayed in once piece instead of shattering. The reason for that was due to the cellulose nitrate that the glass was made from. Around the same time that Edouard made the discovery, there was a report that stated how car drivers were being injured by the shattering of glass windshields at the point of impact when involved in an automotive accident. Soon after Edouard came up with the idea of using the same material in the broken flask to create safety glass in automotive vehicles. Edouard called the product triplex. Auto manufacturing companies did not adopt the new safety glass because of the added cost to the manufacturing the car.

Early Adopters:

Safety glass reappeared during World War I when manufacturers began to use the material in eyepieces found in gas masks. Creating eye pieces out of the safety glass was much easier because of the smaller size. Automobile makers saw how well the safety glass worked for the gas mask eyepieces that they began to consider using the safety glass in their vehicles.

Early Use in Cars

Safety glass was first used in cars in 1927. In 1928 Pittsburgh Plate Glass (PPG) introduced its version of safety glass and called it Duplate. As the design of safety glass improved, the more popular it became. Safety glass became mainstream in every car in the U.S. by 1966. Now safety glass is standard on every automotive vehicle.

Windshield Repair at Home?

Getting your auto glass or windshield repair or replaced has never been easier with home auto glass service. Wisconsin Windshield Centers has a team of mobile windshield repair specialists that travel 50 miles (and sometimes farther) from our Brookfield and West Bend shops to perform expert windshield replacements and repairs right in our customer’s driveways and garages.

You don’t need to be further inconvenienced by auto glass damage. We take care of the hassle of travel by coming right to you to take care of the auto glass service. This is especially convenient when the windshield damage is so severe that you cannot drive at all.

Just like with our in-shop service, windshield repairs are accomplished in less than 30 minutes, and windshield replacements are finished in less than 60 minutes. With all windshield services, there is a Safe Drive Away Time of about one hour before you can drive your car and the adhesives have set. This is another reason why at-home services are so convenient: you can leave your car in your driveway for the safe drive away time, instead of at one of our shops.

For more information about our mobile windshield repair services, contact us at 800-900-1505.

How Does Summer Heat Affect your Windshield?

The summer heat is a very common cause of windshield damage. Heat causes windshields to expand, causing cracks and chips in the glass as it is in a vulnerable position within the frame.

Summer heat can also cause small chips or cracks to quickly spread into larger breaks. This is why we recommend getting a windshield repair as soon as you see minor windshield damage, in order to avoid needing a full windshield replacement.

Another reason why windshield cracks are common in the summer is because drivers usually crank up their air conditioning when they jump into their hot car during the summer. Imagine when you pop a couple of ice cubes into a warm drink. That popping sound is similar to what is happening to your windshield when you are blowing ice cold air onto it after it has been baking in the hot sun for hours.

Use caution during the summer if your windshield has any minor chips or cracks. Get your windshield professionally repaired as soon as possible, but in the meantime, do your best to park in the shade whenever possible. Also, keep your windows slightly cracked when it is parked so that the heat in the inside of your car does not get too intense. And if you can help it, slowly turn up your air conditioning so that you do not stress out your glass.

For more information about our windshield repair services, contact Wisconsin Windshield Centers at 800-900-1505.

Safe Summer Driving Tips

Every season brings their own unique challenges and dangers associated with driving. Driving in the summer can be dangerous because of heat, busy roads, motorcycles, and teen drivers.

Car issues are very common in the summer. Overheating is a typical issue; the summer heat can cause severe stress on older cooling systems. Tires are also more likely to blowout during the summer in severe heat. Keep an eye on your car’s coolant levels and check tires regularly to avoid a summer breakdown.

The roads are all around busier in the summertime. People like traveling in the summer so you can expect highways to be congested on the weekends, especially holiday weekends. You can also expect to see a lot more motorcycles on the road as well. Remember to keep your distance from motorcycles and always “look twice to save a life”. Not only can you expect more motorcycles on the road, but more cyclists as well. If you live in a city area, you can probably expect to see many cyclists on the road.

During the summer months, you can also expect more teen drivers on the road as well. Teen drivers are inexperienced drivers and unfortunately they are dangerous on the road. Along with teenagers driving, all kids are on summer vacation. If you live in a suburban town, be aware that more kids will be playing on the streets.

Check your vehicle regularly and be aware that roads will be congested during the summer.

Do you Need Full Auto Glass Coverage?

Full auto glass coverage is a component or type of auto insurance that covers any damage to your windshield or auto glass. Full auto glass coverage can sometimes come in the form of comprehensive coverage, however, each insurance company is different, so you should always check with your provider.

Many of our customers think that their comp and collision covers their auto glass damage. However, this is often not the case. Auto glass damage, even simple chips and cracks, are not included in collision insurance in many packages offered by insurance companies.

It is important to check with your insurance provider to get all of the details of your auto glass damage situation. In some cases, insurance companies will waive the cost of a windshield repair, but not replacements. So if you have the opportunity to get your windshield repaired, take advantage of the situation.

Some insurance companies also have the option to pay a monthly rider for auto glass damage. You need to make the call about whether it is in your best financial interest to pay for the monthly rider or take the hit when you suffer auto glass damage.

Keep your Side Mirrors from Getting Damaged

Most drivers will get in at least one or two unlucky or silly accidents in their lifetime. One of the worst of these is breaking your side mirrors.

There are a few situations in which you might break one of your side mirrors. One of the most common situations that can increase the likeliness of breaking your side mirrors is parking in a congested urban area. Narrow city streets offer the opportunity for drivers to smash your side windows. If you’re parking on a narrow city street, fold your side windows into your car for safe measure.

Some car washes require you to close your side windows. Usually this happens at older facilities, but it is worth folding them in just in case. Some attendants may forget to tell you to close your windows, so close them in just in case.

Some of us take pride in our parking abilities. Where others see a spot too tight, you see a challenge. But this is one of the situations where you can easily damage your side mirrors. Trying to squeeze into a tight parking spot is a great opportunity to break your mirrors.

One other less destructive way to damage your side mirrors is overusing your power windows. Tilting the side mirror around too much can cause the electronics to burn out. Letting your kids play with your side mirrors is a good way to kill the electronics powering the mirrors.