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.