Where are America’s Best Drivers?

Did you know that the average driver will experience a collision every 10 years? According to the 2016 Best Drivers Report created by Allstate Insurance, this is how often a driver would experience a collision in a city that’s ranked average. Do you think your city falls in the top ten safest cities for drivers? Take a look below and find out where Wisconsin cities rank!

First off what is the Best Drivers Report and why is it important? The report is an annual ranking that figures out which of the 200 largest US cities and their respective metropolitan areas have the safest drivers. This data is crucial in showing drivers how important safe driving practices are.

Folks in the Wisconsin area will be pleased to find out that Madison, WI is ranked #3 for the safest driving cities overall in the country! With only Kansas City and Brownsville, TX ahead, being #3 is nothing to shake a stick at, beating out over 196 other large cities across the US. Allstate also estimated that there were only 9 Drivewise Braking Events per 1,000 miles for the average Madison, WI driver.  Drivewise is the correlation that Allstate found between hard braking and collisions. Nationally on average, drivers experience 19 hard braking events per year, so Madison is in pretty good shape compared to the rest of the country.

When taking population density into account, Madison is actually ranked #1 in the country for safest driving cities in the US. Also, Milwaukee makes an appearance at #5 with congestion taken into account adding another Wisconsin city in the mix. This brings two major cities in Wisconsin making an appearance on Allstate’s annual best driver’s report, which only three other states in the country saw.

To see the full report you can take a look here and see where other cities and states stack up when it comes to safe driving.

Driving safely is important for not only you and your passengers but other Wisconsin drivers and pedestrians. The first step to ensure safe driving is making sure your windshield is in good shape. If you notice any chips, cracks or holes in your windshield it is crucial to make sure they are addressed immediately as they can lead to much bigger issues. For Wisconsin drivers, Wisconsin Windshield Centers makes auto glass replacement fast, convenient and easy to ensure you can get back on the road as fast as possible. If you want to get a quote or schedule your next appointment give us a call at 800 900-1505 and we’ll take care of your auto glass needs.

How to Maintain your Auto Glass

Brakes, tires, oil, transmission. All parts of the vehicle that drivers keep regularly maintained on their own cars. But what can you do to maintain your auto glass? No, there isn’t as much upkeep for your auto glass that there is on the rest of your car, but there are a few tips to follow to prevent windshield damage:

  • Avoid driving behind sand and gravel trucks whenever possible. Small rocks flying into windshield is a leading cause of auto glass damage, unsurprisingly. Switch lanes and drive around these trucks when safe to do so in order to avoid small windshield cracks.
  • Don’t slam the door! This is probably something your dad used to yell at you when you were a kid, but it really isn’t good for your auto glass or your car frame.
  • Park in the shade whenever possible during the summer. The heat and sun is not good for auto glass over long periods of time.
  • Only use microfiber cloths when cleaning your auto glass. Any other cloth can potentially scratch the glass.

For more information about our auto glass replacement services, contact us online at 800-900-1505.

7 Helpful tips for keeping your car looking brand new year round

  1. Regular car washes can help keep your car’s paint job looking fresh. While it is common to use a dish washing soap, this is not the best practice because the soap can strip the paint of its natural oils. This can shorten the lifespan of the paint. It is recommended that you use a car washing soap and soft mitt for the wash, and wash your car in a shaded area. Use two buckets for the wash, one bucket of soap and one of warm water to rinse the mitt off in between scrubs. Having a second bucket full of warm water helps to remove dirt and grit from the mitt that can scratch your car’s paint. Scrub in long strokes, and have plenty of water handy. Dry your car right away with a Chamois cloth, to prevent water spots.
  2. With regard to interior detailing, you should have a few tools on hand that you can find anywhere in your household; paint brush and toothbrush. You can use these to clean dust out of tight corners. While you are brushing vents or thresholds, keep your vacuum handy to suck up the dirt and dust you are stirring up.
  3. For the inevitable dirt on mats and carpets, you can use a tougher brush and vacuum. Hold the vacuum right behind the brush, to suck up any dirt that comes up. Be careful with the brush, and try not to put too much force into scrubbing as many mats can fray or damage easily. Take an ice pack to any stains such as gum or wax. Freezing the gum will cause it to come off of your mats very easily instead of scraping.
  4. The dirtiest spots of your car’s interior are wherever you touch the most. Spots such as the steering wheel, shifter, seat belts and cup holders will tend to hold onto the most bacteria. After finding these spots, spend a few extra minutes cleaning them.
  5. To wash a seatbelt, you can use a diluted mild laundry soap to get the dirt off but also to avoid damaging the fabric of the belt.
  6. Windows can be cleaned inside and out with a glass cleaner. After you have washed each window, buff from the inside with a cotton towel. This will help prevent streaks or scratches.
  7. Your dashboard can be cleaned with hot water and a cloth. If there are any stains on the dashboard, you can use a diluted cleaner to get the stains out and keep your car smelling fresh.

Remember to use all mild cleaners when cleaning the interior and exterior of your car. Harsh cleaners can be harmful to certain finishes in your car. Now that your car is clean from interior to exterior, it is time to enjoy your time driving it!

 

Members of the Auto Glass Safety Council

Wisconsin Windshield Centers is a proud member of the Auto Glass Safety Council. The AGSC is a non-profit organization that promotes safe auto glass repair and replacement practices.

We have been a member of the AGSC for many years, and both our Brookfield and West Bend locations are members.

The AGSC developed the Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standard, or AGRSS. This is the only set of standards developed in North America for auto glass replacement procedures. The AGSC provides multiple valuable training programs and certifications that brings all technicians up to the industry standards of safety and quality.

We support the AGSC’s mission to make auto glass replacements safer and more effective.

For more information about our auto glass replacement services, contact us online at 800-900-1505.

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.