Monthly Archives: October 2015

8 Crucial Safety and Auto Glass Tips for Halloween

costumesHalloween is that time of year where people can put on a costume and pretend to be something they think is exciting, fun, or straight out funny. People can dress up as their future selves, like doctors, dancers, or artists. Kids are everywhere and the smell of pumpkins is in the air. There’s nothing like Halloween. While you’re out driving to parties or taking your kids to nearby neighborhoods for trick-or-treating, be sure that you keep safe and protect other children on the road. This means driving carefully. At the same time, don’t leave your car just about anywhere. Be a safe, cautious driver and be smart where you go. By following the tips below, you’ll not only protect your car and its auto glass, but you’ll also make sure that no one gets hurt because of your driving.

Don’t Speed It’s not news that you shouldn’t speed. Though, you’d be surprised (or maybe not so much) just how many people choose to ignore this important driving rule. Specifically on Halloween, take this rule to heart. You don’t want to end up hurting someone on the road. Therefore, prevent a car accident by driving at the speed limit and watching out for other cars (sometimes, it is the terrible driving habits of other drivers that can cost you).

Don’t Text and Drive You already know this too, but we’re going to stress it just in case some people have forgotten. Texting and driving is a terrible habit that can seriously distract you while you’re driving. In a split second, you could find yourself crashing into another car or worse… So please, tuck your phone away when you’re driving and ignore calls and texts. They can wait. That sounds cliché, but it’s true. Rather than texting, watch out for kids and pedestrians crossing the street. Or, if you’re on the main road, watch out for other cars.

Be a Cautious Parker When you park your car, check your surroundings. Make sure that your car isn’t directly underneath a tree with a weak tree branch that could fall easily. Take a look at anything that could harm your vehicle and your auto glass and then avoid parking there.

Avoid Parking in Crowded Areas but Don’t Park in a Deserted Areas Either Similarly, avoid parking somewhere crowded. If you’re at a party, don’t park in the middle of other cars. If it’s so crowded that you can’t hop back in your car and drive away, don’t park there to begin with. Besides, if you’re stuck in the middle of other cars and people are not in the best shape to drive and pull their cars out, you’re doomed. Nevertheless, don’t park in deserted areas either, or else your car might get broken into or get towed without your knowledge.

Drive Extra Slow Around Children Another safety tip is to drive extra slow around kids. Even if the speed limit says you can go 35 miles per hour, drive a bit slower and be careful.

If There Is an Auto Glass Damage, Don’t Drive Your Car If your windshield or window was previously damaged, don’t drive your car. For one, it is dangerous to drive with broken auto glass. For two, it gives thieves an easy way to get inside your car.

robberRemove Valuables from Your Car Just like the above tip, in order to prevent thieves from breaking into your car, remove valuables before driving out on Halloween. These valuables can be things such as a visible GPS, money, a purse, or a bike.

Inspect Headlights and Backlights Last but not least, before you drive that night, inspect your headlights and backlights to make sure they are working properly. You don’t want to start driving only to realize that you can’t see the road or any of the kids crossing the street.

Enjoying Halloween isn’t just about partying and candy. Follow these auto glass and safety tips for a good time without any accidents.

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Our Top 4 Blogs on Car Care for Windshield Maintenance

Car care can be made simple when you know what to do and what to avoid. In today’s blog, we’ve put together our top four blogs on car care for windshield maintenance to help you both avoid a windshield repair and know what to do if your windshield needs a repair or replacement.

windshield-wipers-in-the-rainAvoid Car Glass Repair by Guarding Windshield from Rain You don’t control the weather; therefore, there’s no way to know when the sun will shine or when clouds will take over. However, when you live in Florida, you can expect there to be plenty of rain. People outside of the state think Florida is sunny all the time, but the fact is, it storms here as if nature is out for vengeance. So what can you do when it rains? If you’re a driver in Florida, chances are you’ve faced at least one storm while on the way somewhere. Though rain means lusher grass and trees and less heat, it also means that there’s a big chance your car’s windshield will get damaged. In the midst of a rainstorm, your windshield wipers are probably set at maximum speed, which only puts force on the glass and scratches against the surface. The pressure and scratches can then lead to more mishaps, like a cracked or broken glass. In order to prevent your windshield from such damage and avoid going to a car glass repair shop, take precautions in advance to protect your windshield from rain.

When Should You Replace Windshield?  Your car is practically brand new and everything is running in perfect condition. Though, while you’re driving on the highway to go to work one morning, a big truck in front of you advertising fresh produce unintentionally chucks pebbles from the ground with its tires. A few of the pebbles hit your windshield, and now you have a tiny chip in the glass. It’s not a large chip, but you have a feeling it could lead to worse damage, especially if you have to use your windshield wipers at some point. So what should you do? Is it critical that you replace windshield or can you leave it as it is for an extent of time and hope that the glass stays intact? We have all the answers to your questions about your windshield’s shape.

glarePreventing Windshield Repair by Reducing Glares Most car drivers have experienced windshield glares, especially if their cars’ glass is not tinted. If you’re reading this blog, chances are that you’re one of those drivers. Glares, while typically harmless, can be very dangerous when you drive. If you’re heading to work or school in the morning while the sun blazes right at you, you could find yourself driving half blindly. Even if you wear your polarized UV-protection sunglasses, you might still have a hard time getting to your destination. Unfortunately, the problem doesn’t end with daylight hours; if you’re driving at night, other cars’ headlights could just as easily flash through your windshield and cause glares. So what can you do to stop this problem? Do you avoid driving in the morning and in well-lit streets at night? The answer is no. You could easily end or at least reduce glares by doing a few simple actions, and in doing so you would also be preventing any windshield repair.

Things You Shouldn’t Do to Avoid Windshield Replacement  Most of us take our cars for granted. We don’t clean them enough, and when we do clean them, we tend to do it incorrectly more often than not. We leave spider webs to hang loose on the exterior mirrors, and we let the car’s interior pile up with dust and last week’s takeout bags. Yet our cars hang in there, driving us all around town and even on out-of-state road trips. So shouldn’t we give them some love and appreciation by treating them better? The answer should be a loud yes! What we neglect the most when it comes to our cars is taking care of the glass properly. Thus, we’re listing some of the worst things we frequently do to car glass that we shouldn’t do. If you want to steer clear of windows and windshield replacement, read on attentively.

With these four helpful blogs, you’ll be able to implement the car care windshield maintenance techniques and tips we’ve shared.

Simple Ways to Prevent a Car Glass Repair This Fall

windshield_washingThe fall can bring lots of rain and dirt upon your car, which can cause your windshield to get grimy, receive scratches, and need a car glass repair. However, if you are careful and take care of your car, you can maintain your car and its windshield and avert this costly glass repair. Here is what you can do to keep your glass in tiptop shape this fall:

Be Sure To Wash Your Windshield Well From time to time, especially at the beginning of fall, it is important to clean your windshield thoroughly. This includes removing fallen tree leaves, wiping the glass spotless from any watermarks caused by rain, and washing and rinsing even the windshield wipers. Not taking these measures can ruin your windshield and certainly drive you to get a car glass repair. Plus, when rain, dirty glass, and stuck, dry leaves add up together, they can harm the glass fast. When you keep tree leaves on your windshield, you are pretty much waiting for a bad incident to occur. Then, when it rains and you turn on your wipers, you end up scratching the glass by having those dry leaves get stuck under the wiper blades. So it is a wise idea to clean your windshield regularly to avoid a glass repair.

WINDSHIELD-WIPERReplace Your Windshield Wipers If you notice that your windshield wipers are damaged, it is time to replace them. Don’t wait too long; do it in a day or two. Waiting would only cause worst damages, especially during the fall. If the wipers are unreliable and you are in the middle of a storm, you are more than likely to scratch the glass. Worst yet is when you try to use your windshield wipers but their defectiveness stops you from seeing the road clearly. Some signs that it is time to replace your windshield wipers are noticeable rough cuts and cracks as well as worn rubber, which can occur from constant use, the drying sun, and air debris. For this reason, it is vital that you inspect your car’s windshield wipers frequently by making sure nothing looks out of place or is frayed. At the same time, while in use, pay attention to the sounds your windshield wipers make. For instance, do they vibrate against the auto glass or make a lot of scratching noise? If these occur, it is definitely time to replace them since relying on them can really damage the glass.

If You Have a Chip or Crack in the Windshield, Go to the Professionals Most importantly, if you do have a chip or a crack in the windshield, don’t make things worse by waiting to repair them. At this point, you would not be able to avoid a car glass repair; nevertheless, you can still prevent yourself from having to get a car glass replacement, and that will save you a lot of money. Thus, be sure to go to the professionals and have them repair the damage. After all, damaged auto glass can easily and speedily get worse in the cold, since the chilly air can seep inside the crack and further weaken the glass.

Don’t neglect your car; keep it clean and in tiptop shape in order to avoid a car glass repair this fall when the weather can take a toll on its condition.

Fun Events in Fort Lauderdale This Halloween

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Halloween is less than a month away, and many people are already looking forward to the day and preparing for it by shopping for costumes and Halloween decorations. Whether or not you celebrate Halloween, the end of October is a wonderful time to go out and enjoy some of the best fall attractions, events, and activities. Here are some of the finest events in Fort Lauderdale during Halloween:

River Ghost Tours (Spirits of Stranahan House) (http://www.stranahanhouse.org/visit/river-ghost-tours)

Do you believe in spirits? Let our Victorian Mourners tell you about the spirits of those who died in the Stranahan House. Hear the Grave Keeper tell tales of other haunted sites in South Florida. You might even come across the spirit of Frank Stranahan himself! The historic Stranahan House Museum and Water Taxi offer an intriguing tour-the River Ghost Tour. This hour long tour includes a visit inside the Stranahan House and a boat ride on the New River. You will be fascinated by the tales of the spirits. Come along! You, too, may encounter spirits along the river. Like many other events in Fort Lauderdale, this event will take place close to Halloween. So be sure to check it out October 25, 30, 31, and November 1.

Signature Grand Ghoul Party
(https://www.blacktie-southflorida.com/calendar/event-details.cfm?id=12700)

Join us for the 14th Signature Grand Ghoul benefitting 2-1-1 Broward. Enjoy open bar, dancing, costume contest, and mingle with local celebrities. Hosted by former Miami Dolphins O.J. McDuffie and Joe Rose. Enjoy more Spook-Tacular treats as a VIP guest. This will take place Monday, October 26.

Zombie Bus Loop (http://www.youngpros.net/events)

The Zombie’s take Fort Lauderdale by trolley! Come in your best zombie costume! Leave the driving to us! Complimentary Drinks and Appetizers at each venue, free trolleys, and plenty of fun. This event is one of the most unique events in Fort Lauderdale, and it will take place Friday, October 30.

ghostWicked Manors Freak Show (http://www.wickedmanors.org/)

The Pride Center will once again partner up with The City of Wilton Manors to create the largest Halloween Street Festival event of the year, Wicked Manors 2015! This historic, entertaining block party will occur on Halloween, Saturday, October 31, 2015 starting at 7:00 p.m. until midnight. This year’s theme for Wicked Manors is “Once Upon a Drive” and we anticipate over 30,000 costumed revelers to gather on Wilton Drive! You can find over-the-top costumes and décor and be entertained by numerous costume contests and drag queens. Traffic will be prohibited to provide a safe area for guests to celebrate and have a magical, scary night.

Crimson Scream Halloween Costume Party
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http://www.eventbrite.com/e/crimson-scream-halloween-costume-party-tickets-12336329293)

Please join us for an evening of fun, all for a good cause. Tickets are available for a very low cost of $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door. Come dressed in your costume and be prepared to let loose and have a great time with raffles, a costume contest, and dancing. It will be a party like no other! All ticket purchases are tax-deductible. The event is presented by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. of the Broward County Alumnae Chapter. The event will take place on Halloween from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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There are many exciting activities and events in Fort Lauderdale around Halloween, so be sure to check out some of the ones we’ve mentioned here. You won’t be disappointed!

Windshield Repair vs. Replacement: What are the rules?

cartoon glass guyNot many people know that driving in Florida with a damaged windshield is illegal. And yes, you can get pulled over and get a ticket. The way Florida law sees windshield damage is that it can cause the driver and others on the road to be in danger. If the driver has fragile auto glass, it can shatter in his face while driving. This is something that road cops want to avoid, but you can avoid it too before you find yourself being pulled over by a cop. Getting an auto glass repair, and quickly, is the best choice you can make. In most cases, you can call for a mobile windshield repair service to come right to you (wherever you are) at no additional cost. Though, when can you be sure that all your damaged windshield needs is a quick repair rather than a complete glass replacement? There are ways you can figure that out before you go or call an auto glass repair shop.

Damage in Respect to the Driver When the driver is in the vehicle, does the damaged glass affect his perception of the road? For instance, is the chip or crack in the driver’s line of sight? If so, then a windshield repair cannot be done. Repairing the chip or crack, even if it is small, will still leave behind a mark that will blur the driver’s visibility. In that case, a windshield replacement is the only option possible. It will make sure that the entire glass is taken out and a new one installed to assure that the driver can see the road without anything in the way.

The Size of the Damage The size of the damage is highly important too and should also be taken into consideration when trying to figure out if your damaged windshield can be repaired or replaced. If you find that the damage is bigger than a dollar bill, then the glass will need to be replaced. When the damage is that big, it means that the windshield is too broken and fragile to fix. Although, if the damage is smaller than a dollar bill, most times it can easily be repaired, if it is out of the driver’s line of vision, of course.

 Location of the Damage Another way to see if the chipped or cracked windshield can be repaired rather than replaced is to figure out the position of the damage. Other than the chip or crack being in the line of sight of the driver, if the damage happens to be in the corner of the auto glass, then that is big indication that the entire glass surface will need to be replaced. The reason for this is the fact that a damage in the corner can cause the windshield to break or shatter, as it is a weak spot that is no longer evenly gripped in place. Accordingly, a windshield repair is out of the question.

How Much Damage When you look at your damaged windshield, you should inspect the amount of chips or cracks in the glass. For example, does the glass have more than three chips? Then chances are that you will need to get a windshield replacement. Too many chips make the glass vulnerable to further cracking and even shattering, and it can all happen quickly. Likewise, if the glass has a large crack, (bigger than a dollar bill), then you will need to get a replacement.

In the end, knowing when your damaged auto glass can be fixed with a windshield repair and when it is crucial to be replaced can help you understand your options.