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.

The Dangers of Texting While Driving

We are all aware how dangerous it is to talk on your phone while driving, there has been laws passed to prevent this from happening so often. However, recently, distracted drivers texting or reading texts have been one of the leading causes of automobile accidents. The dangers of texting while driving has been increasingly being recognized as national issue and involves cumbersome texting fines if you were ever caught in some states in the US. Reliable research have found that it is six times more likely for someone to get in an accident when texting or reading messages while driving than driving while intoxicated. The five seconds your attention is away from the road to your phone while driving at 55mph is equivalent to driving across a football field blind. Now thirty nine states and D.C. have prohibited all drivers from texting.

By simple self-restraint to not use your phone during the duration of your drive will be beneficial for your safety and the safety of others on the road.  Automatic responses to texts and calls apps set up for your phone could significantly prevent driver distractions on the road. Other safe driving tips to follow is to have a drive cam which can monitor a driver’s activity and give feedback in real-time video. Just by merely using a hands free device or having both hands on the wheel is also sufficient in preventing the dangers of texting while driving.

How to Keep your Windshield Glass Healthy

Being on the road makes your windshield and auto glass continually vulnerable to damage; it is just an inevitable reality of driving. However, there are a few things you can do to extend the life of your auto glass.

  • Avoid slamming your car doors. Not only is this bad for your car door latch and power windows, slamming your car door can also damage your auto glass and windshield. The reverberations caused by slamming can cause minor damage over time.
  • Do not use ammonia-based cleaning products on your auto glass. This chemical causes damage over time to auto glass, and is especially damaging to the window tint in the glass.
  • Avoid leaving your car in direct sunlight for long stretches of time. Direct sunlight can actually shorten the life of your windshield and auto glass. In the same vein, avoid leaving glass with minor cracks in the sun, or putting any direct heat on minor windshield cracks. In the winter, do not put your defroster on windshield cracks for too long. This can stretch the extent of the damage and spread any cracks in the glass.
  • Don’t drive behind any large transport trucks, especially dirt or gravel trucks. You are practically asking for a cracked windshield driving behind a construction truck. Don’t forget to keep your distance!

The windshield, and to an extent all of your auto glass, is an important safety component for the automobile. Keep your glass healthy to avoid having it cracked or broken to often.

What Other Vehicles Can Wisconsin Windshield Centers Work On?

Wisconsin Windshield Centers provides windshield repair and replacements for more than just automobiles. We also work on larger specialty vehicles including mobile homes, tractor trailers, and buses.

Mobile homes have many sections of auto glass, all of which have the potential to break. They are also commonly used on very long trips, which increases the chances of breaking auto glass. Our auto glass repair technicians can service any area of a mobile home’s auto glass.

We also service windshield and auto glass repairs for tractor trailers. Like mobile homes, tractor trailers spend a lot of time on the road. Taking long trips on the highway leads to a high chance of auto glass damage. Our certified windshield repair technicians have the necessary training in order to repair these vehicles.

Another type of vehicle we do work on are buses. With dozens of windows and large windshields, buses have a good chance of suffering auto glass damage. Buses are also vulnerable to damage caused by vandalism. Our auto glass technicians can repair bus auto glass damage.

To find out of if we service your vehicle, contact Wisconsin Windshield Centers today.

Auto Glass Cleaning Tips

With spring upon us, this is a great time to get your car washed to get rid of the winter grime. When you clean your car, you should pay special attention to your auto glass.

  • Put your car outside to clean it, or if you are in a garage open your windows so that you are not breathing in any fumes.
  • Find a glass cleaner that does not contain alcohol or ammonia. These chemicals can damage the tint on your auto glass. Also, cleaners with these chemicals can be damaging to leather and interior fabrics. When you use the cleaner on the inside of your car windows, you want a cleaner that can drip off them without damaging your interior.
  • Find a glass-cleaning, microfiber towel. These types of towels do not leave streaks easily, and do not scratch the auto glass.
  • Use long strokes to reduce the chance of leaving any streaks.
  • If you are cleaning your car outside, try to stay out of direct sunlight. This can cause your glass to dry faster than you are cleaning it. You might end up leaving stains where the cleaner dries.

 

Six Spring Driving Tips

Every season brings their own unique challenges for the driver. In the spring season, rains and the thawing winter make driving slippery and dangerous. Follow these tips to be ready for spring driving:

  • Potholes can be found everywhere in March and April after winter starts to let up. In early spring, this is especially a danger when municipalities have not fixed many of the potholes yet. Keep an eye out for potholes and watch for cars ahead of you driving outside of their lane; they could be avoiding a pothole you can’t see yet.
  • Spring rains combined with melting snow causes serious flooding and slippery roads. Reduced handling and slower brake time causes many accidents in slippery conditions.
  • Misty and foggy conditions are also common during the spring. Drive slower in these conditions because visibility is reduced.
  • Be wary of animal crossings in woodsy areas. Animal life usually begins stirring awake in the spring, and many wild animals are on the move in this season. If you see any deer crossing signs, heed the warning and keep your eyes peeled.
  • Windshield wipers often get damaged in the winter. Check their conditions and replace them if they have taken a bruising over the winter. With upcoming rains, you will want to have them in good condition.
  • If you live in a city or busy suburban area, be aware that nice weather is going to bring out bicycles, skateboards, motorcycles, and other recreational vehicles. While melting snow opens up the roads, you are going to have to share them!

As we enjoy the warming temperatures and begin to roll our windows down, don’t forget that slippery conditions and winter wear gives the spring time its own unique driving challenges.