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7 Reasons You Should Tint Your Auto Glass

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This is a repost of an old blog that we’ve decided to add additional details to. You’re driving to work in full daylight while the sun beams at you. Getting a little color is nice, but this is just not the time. The car is heating up, the intense light is striking you straight in the corneas, and you forgot your sunglasses at home. You find yourself squinting at the road and hoping that this blinding sun won’t slow you down from getting to work on time or cause you to crash your car. Suddenly, you realize that you need to solve this issue, but you’re just not sure if having glare-free driving is worth paying for. So we’ve compiled seven fundamental reasons why tinting auto glass is useful as well how to get legal tinting here in Florida.

#1 Safety while driving in the sun Glares from the sun are definitely uncomfortable, but irritation isn’t the only factor that should sway you into getting your auto glass tinted. Safety is the biggest matter on the road, and if you can’t see because of Florida’s sharp sunrays, then that’s a sign that you need tinting immediately. Think of how dangerous it would be to drive with obscured vision, especially when you’re on roads like the highway or narrow streets with construction. With tinting, you would avert 99% of UV rays from entering your car, which means that you’ll be less accident-prone.

#2 Keeps vehicle cool This is a no-brainer, but tinting would keep your car cool, even in the hottest summer months in Florida. You would be able to hop inside your car without having to turn the AC on to the max. Plus, you’d have a more comfortable time driving than you would if your car is sweltering and humid.

#3 Protects upholstery Another reason to get your windows and windshield tinted is the fact that it’ll protect your seats, steering wheel, and dashboard. This is especially handy if your vehicle has leather seats. Ever had problems with the leather cracking in the heat? Tinting would stop this problem from occurring and make the inside of your car look brand-new.

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valuables

#4 Prevents strangers from seeing important items you leave in the car Have you ever parked your car somewhere and left important items exposed to any passerby? Sometimes, when people have a quick errand to run, they leave purses, phones, or electronics in their cars, thinking that they would return within minutes and nothing would go wrong. However, leaving items visible can catch the eye of thieves. With a tinted auto glass, people can leave whatever they want out on the seats or dashboards and no one would be able to tell what’s really inside the vehicle unless they have their face glued against one of the windows.

#5 Strengthens glass and makes it hard to shatter The last and possibly the most important reason to get windows and windshields tinted is that tinting strengthens the glass. This makes your car much safer to drive, as you would be in less risk of getting injured due to the glass shattering. As a result, in the unfortunate case of an accident, the glass would be sturdier and have a higher chance of staying intact. Thus, you would be safe from any broken glass whipping you in the face.

#6 Makes Your Car Look Classy No matter what car you’re driving, having tinted windows gives a classy appearance. So you can feel like you have a luxurious car without spending half your life savings on an expensive car.

#7 Protects Your Skin from Harmful UV Rays Let’s not forget that the sun has harmful UV rays that can cause skin cancer if we stay out in the sun too long. This, of course, does not go away when you are inside your car. As a result, tinting your windows can block out most of those UV rays and help you stay safe.

Tinting Laws in Florida So now that you know more about what tinting can do, let’s dive into the proper tinting you can have in Florida. We’ll be discussing the legal Visible Light Transmission percentage (VLT%), which is what measures the darkness of tinted glass. It is a requirement that the front side windows allow more than 28% VLT of light in, the back side windows allow more than 15% VLT of light in, and the rear window to allow more than 15% VLT of light in. As for the windshield, it is acceptable to have a non-reflective tint along the top. The front side windows should never be more than 25% VLT reflective, and the back side windows should never be more than 25% VLT reflective. So, with these VTL percentages, you’ll be able to tint your car accurately.

Tinting auto glass has a lot of benefits. It certainly makes cars appear nicer, but it is also very valuable when it comes to safety, comfort, and good maintenance.

The Top 4 LP Auto Glass Blogs on Windshield Maintenance

windshield-wipers-in-the-rainLots of drivers will be on the road this week for the holiday season, and so it’s a good idea to be extra cautious on the road. Whether you’re driving near your house or traveling outside of the city, the following four LP Auto Glass blogs on repairing damaged windshields and maintaining the glass in the long term should help you know what to do in order to keep your car in a good shape so you can stay safe on the road.

Avoid a Windshield Repair this Rainy Winter 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. Sure, the winter months here aren’t as cold as other states, but that doesn’t mean we don’t experience winter at all. So what can you do when it rains in Florida, particularly this winter? If you’re a driver in Florida, chances are you’ve faced at least one storm while on the way somewhere. With rain, 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 needing a windshield repair or replacement, take precautions in advance to protect your windshield from rain.

Windshield Repair vs. Replacement: What are the Rules? Not 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 a fragile windshield, 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.

tintedWindowSuper Helpful Windshield Repair Checklist to Follow Car damage can happen at any time. For instance, if you are driving by a construction site, there is a big chance that some of the rocks and debris from all the work could hit your windshield or windows, leading to a terrible chip or crack. Sometimes, the damage might be so small, that you could easily get it repaired. In other instances, however, the damage might be extremely big, so much so that it prevents you or puts you at risk of driving your car. That kind of damage can cause you a lot of stress. That is why we have created a simple-to-follow and effective checklist to help guide you should you need a 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.

Be sure to follow these four LP Auto Glass blogs as crucial guidelines for the next few weeks of the holiday season so that you stay safe on the road.

Auto Glass and Car Safety Tips for the Coming Holidays

windshield auto glassThe holidays can mean traveling a lot, whether you are simply driving to friends’ house, going somewhere special for a party, or taking a road trip outside your city. No matter what your plans are, however, you should always make sure that your auto glass is in the best shape and that your car as a whole is up for a drive so that you and your loved ones can stay safe on the road. Check out the car safety and glass care tips below:

Check the Headlights, Backlights, and Signals Before your holiday road trip, take a look at all the essential lights in your car—headlights, backlights, and signals—and make sure they are in good condition. You can also ask someone to help you see if any lights need replacement, especially your signals since they are hard to check without the help of another person. Do this examination a few days before your holiday trip so you’re not rushing at the last minute, and then, if you have time, take a look at the lights again the day of your trip.

tire PressureInspect the Tire Pressure Along with examining your headlights, backlights, and signals, you should examine the tire pressure. A few days before your road trip, see if any of your tires is flat. If you have a flat tire, get it replaced as soon as you can. However, if you just have a low tire pressure, then you have plenty of time to get it repaired; though, be sure to do so within a day or two and not at the last second before your trip. You can even go to one of the many gas stations out there that fill the air pressure for free. Then, check the tire pressure again right before you leave for your holiday trip (as in the morning of). Many new cars have an awesome feature that tells drivers whether the car has low tire pressure, but even so, it doesn’t hurt to check for yourself. It’ll help you stay safe on the road.

Join a Service like AAA Things can go wrong no matter how careful you are. You could inspect your car all you want before your road trip and still have a flat tire or a burned out headlight while on the road. Therefore, it’s good to have a service like AAA. This will help you get your car repaired or tolled even if you’re outside of your city.

 Keep Windshield and Windshield Wipers Clean This auto glass tip is highly helpful for while you’re on the road. Car owners use windshield wipers not just to clear the glass from rain but to also clean the glass from fog and dirt. Most glares drivers experience while on the road occur due to a dirty windshield, and it is during those moments that drivers use their windshield wipers to wipe the dirt out of their view. Yet, if the wiper blades are themselves dirty, then it’s impossible to thoroughly clean the glass. As a result, be sure to have a clean windshield and clean wiper blades before your holiday trip. If the wipers are old and starting to make screeching noises, be sure to replace them.

Regularly Refill on Windshield Washer Fluid Another similar auto glass tip is to always refill on windshield washer fluid, especially before your holiday road trip, as you might need it when you’re in need of washing a dirty glass while you’re off to your destination.

There you have it! With these auto glass and safety tips, you’ll have a smoother, safer, and more exciting time on your holiday trip this year and every year to come.

LP Auto Glass Shines Light on Traffic Law Myths

traffic ticketAlmost everyone has heard of a ticket or traffic law myth throughout their lives. And let’s face it, we’ve all partaken in passing on those myths as if they are facts. Yet, sharing a myth can be some seriously bad advice for someone who happens to end up in such a situation, and you never want to be that person who told someone false information and got them into a worse scenario. As a result, we at LP Auto Glass Fort Lauderdale are mentioning the most popular ticket and traffic law myths and discussing why they’re absolutely wrong.

Myth #1: Stating That the Radar Gun Was Broken Gets You Out of a Ticket It is true that radar guns can glitch just like any other device can. However, the probability of this occurring is very small. Consequently, if you argue to a judge that the radar gun was broken or malfunctioning, he will ask for evidence and request proof that the radar was damaged. Therefore, unless you were really mistreated when you were, in reality, driving at the speed limit, this excuse will not get you out of a ticket.

Myth #2: Mistakes on the Ticket Will Get You Out of Trouble No one wants to get a ticket. They can be expensive, humiliating, and just awful. Though, if you do get a ticket, there is no way to dodge the citation. Even if you find an error on the ticket, such as the cop’s missing signature or a misspelled name, you will still have to pay the fine. And this does include mistakes such as getting your license plate number wrong. So just be careful on the road to avoid getting ticketed. That is, after all, the best way to stay out of trouble.

Myth #3: Driving with the Flow of Traffic Will Get You Out of a Speeding Ticket Unfortunately, having an argument with a cop about the flow of traffic and how you were driving just like any other car will not get you out of a speeding ticket. The fact is, cops can’t stop every single car that’s speeding. They simply pick one speeding driver to make an example out of. So don’t use the excuse “but others were speeding” to get out of a ticket. Ever heard of the saying “If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you too?” Well, this is similar. Don’t follow the herd into self-destruction, and the ticket will never have your name on it.

Although it is a popular myth, it is not illegal to drive barefoot in Florida or elsewhere in the U.S.

Although it is a popular myth, it is not illegal to drive barefoot in Florida or elsewhere in the U.S.

Myth #4: You Can Get a Ticket for Driving Barefoot So many people fell for this myth, but no more! It is totally legal to drive barefoot. The only time a cop will give you a ticket for driving barefoot is if being shoeless affects your driving and puts you and others on the road in danger. So if you love going barefoot when you drive, just be sure you don’t find pressing the gas and brake pedals with your bare foot uncomfortable.

Myth #5: Flirting and Crying to a Cop Will Get You Out of Trouble Now imagine this: if every person stopped by a cop for not following a traffic law flirted or cried, would all of them not get a ticket? Probably not. Every cop and situation are different. One cop might be more sympathetic while another might find you to be entirely in the wrong. Flirting or crying doesn’t do much to change the outcome. In the end, it all comes down to the circumstances. For instance, if a cop sees that you truly didn’t mean to speed and that you understand what you did was wrong and he sees that you have no past history of reckless driving, he might simply give you a warning. Still, this isn’t always the case. So just be a safe driver!

What did you think of these much talked about ticket and traffic law myths? We at LP Auto Glass hope that this list helps you stay out of trouble and drive safely!

Caring For Automatic Windows at LP Auto Glass

power WindowYou probably already know that Low Price Auto Glass Fort Lauderdale repairs and replaces windshields and windows with chips, cracks, scratches, and the like. But did you know that LPAG also can also fix jammed automatic windows? Whatever is causing your automatic windows to be stuck, unable to open or close, LPAG will figure out and repair. Jammed windows can occur sometimes, especially to older cars. Occasionally, a fuse or relay will take place, causing a window not to roll up or down. What is worse is when the window cannot be rolled up and it is cold or raining outside. Nevertheless, LPAG is always there for the rescue, no matter what your car’s glass needs are. LPAG can also do other wonderful, affordable services for automatic windows that you might find helpful. Read on to learn more!

Repairing Chips and Scratches Even for the Automatic Windows of RVs, Trucks, etc.… Cars are not the only vehicles with automatic windows. For instance, even RVs and trucks have automatic windows, and these auto glass parts can get damaged too. Road debris can hit an RV’s window and end up leaving a mark just as likely as road debris can leave a mark on a smaller vehicle. As a result, LPAG will repair all sorts of damages like chips, cracks, or scratches that occur to these vehicle’s automatic windows. Plus, if the damage is too extreme, like a completely shattered window, LPAG will replace the window altogether. Thus, no matter what vehicle you are driving, we got you covered!

tinted auto glassTinting Automatic Windows of All Types No matter what kind of vehicle you have, LPAG can tint its automatic windows. Tinting can be very useful for protecting the upholstery from overheating, and it can also help you stay cool in hot weather. Plus, the best way to protect your car against people’s wandering eyes is through tinting the widows; doing so prevents thieves from easily seeing what you have inside. Moreover, at LPAG, we tint your automatic windows professionally and while following Florida’s tinting laws. We never go over the tinting limit, so you can be assured that you get the best work done on your automatic windows.

Using the Mobile Auto Glass Repair Service to Repair Automatic Windows Although most of LPAG’s services are done in our shop, many times we come to you if your car is not in a state that does not allow driving. For example, if you find that you cannot drive your car because the open automatic windows are jammed and you are driving in terrible weather conditions, you can call for our mobile auto glass repair service. This service lets LPAG come to you and fix your automatic windows without you putting yourself at risk. After all, driving in bad rain with the windows rolled down can be uncomfortable, unsettling, and distracting. So pull over and call LPAG. You will not keep you waiting!

In the end, no matter what problems you are having with your automatic windows, come to Low Price Auto Glass Fort Lauderdale and have us take a look. Whether your car’s automatic windows are jammed or need to be repaired or replaced or even to be tinted, we will do a fantastic job at a reasonable price.

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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Are You Using Products that Harm Auto Glass?

car washAuto glass can be tricky to work with, especially if you’re not familiar with cleaning it and keeping it protected from everyday issues. This is usually the case for young adults getting their driver’s license for the first time. Without prior knowledge of what products clean and guard their cars’ glass and what products simply destroy it, young drivers end up experimenting on the glass and possibly putting it under strain. So, if you’re one of those drivers who isn’t certain what products to use when you clean your vehicle’s windshield and windows, then you are more than likely using the wrong products. There’s nothing to be ashamed of, though; every driver has made those mistakes at one point. As a result, avoid the following products as they are extremely harmful to your car’s glass:

Sponges Let’s admit it, we’ve all used sponges before to wash our cars. You even see sponges at car wash fundraisers for schools and nonprofit organizations. We’ve gotten it into our brains that washing a car without a sponge isn’t right, but in truth, it’s the other way around. Sponges can really damage auto glass since they are designed to scrub grimy dishware and kitchen utensils, not cars with paint and easily-scratched glass. As a result, if you use regular sponges to wash your vehicle, over time, signs of scraping will show up on the windshield and windows, and then you’ll have to fix those scratches.

Towels You know you’ve used this product numerous of times. Just as with sponges, people constantly rely on towels to dry off their vehicles without knowing the risky side effects. It seems harmless, right? Wrong! Towels can also scratch at the surface of your car’s glass because the material they’re made out of are not completely soft. And just like sponges, you should refrain from using sponges when you wash and dry your car.

Ammonia (Windex) Ammonia is an ingredient found in many household products that help clean windows and mirrors, counters, and bathrooms. However, when ammonia is used on your vehicle, it can ruin the paint and the glass. For instance, many Windex products have ammonia, and while using Windex on windows and mirrors in your house is fine, the same cannot be said of your car. Products with ammonia can cause your car’s glass to have many streaks on it, which leads to light glares when you drive. If your car is tinted, products with ammonia can also cause the tint to peel off. Therefore, don’t use regular household products to clean the windshield and windows.

So What Can You Use? As you can see, you don’t have to avoid too many products to have a well-functioning vehicle. Though, in place of these items you’ve probably been using most of the time, what can you use? The answer is simple: purchase two microfiber cloths (one for washing your car and one for drying it . . . They’ll basically replace your sponges and towels). A microfiber cloth is soft, which makes it ideal for your car’s paint and glass since it won’t create any scratches. As for cleaning products, well, there are numerous of safe ones out there designed specifically for auto glass. You can find these products at your local auto shop or retail store. Some examples are Armor All Auto Glass Cleaner, Rain-X Automotive Glass Cleaner, Mothers Glass Cleaner, and Invisible Glass Premium Glass Cleaner. All of these are recommended for washing your car’s glass. They will work wonders to clean the windows and windshield and won’t leave behind any streaks. Best of all, they won’t ruin any tinted glass! Isn’t that wonderful?

Cleaning and protecting auto glass is simple if you avoid the few harmful products mentioned here. Once you make those little changes, you’ll notice shinier and stronger windows and windshield. So what are you waiting for? Go replace the old, harmful products you were using with great ones suitable for taking care of your precious car.

The Top 6 Free Activities and Events in Fort Lauderdale

Fort-LauderdaleWhether you’ve lived in Fort Lauderdale all your life or have recently moved there, it’s important to know your way around. This is especially true for the places that are meant simply to entertain you and keep you happy. So, if you’re not familiar with the top six free activities and events in Fort Lauderdale, then read on! You might just fall in love with a place or two on this list:

Fort Lauderdale Beach Free activities are just about everywhere in Fort Lauderdale, but of all the free places you should go to, Fort Lauderdale Beach should be at the top of your list. At this stunning beach, you can enjoy a nice swim in one of the clearest saltwater in Florida. Even if you don’t like swimming at the beach, going to Fort Lauderdale Beach is a must if you love nature-watching. Here, you’ll find many turtle nesting areas from May to October, and if you’re lucky enough, you might just catch the beautiful sight of turtles hatching!

Hollywood Beach and Oceanwalk Boardwalk Similar to Fort Lauderdale Beach, Hollywood Beach is another place where you can do more than just swim and tan. Although this beach is in Hollywood, FL, and not Fort Lauderdale, because it’s close by, it’s almost in the same location. Plus, if you’re looking for free events in Fort Lauderdale for fun outings with your family and friends, then this is the perfect place. At Hollywood Beach’s Ocean Boardwalk, you’ll get to witness many live shows, such as music performances and plays. As well, if you find yourself hungry at the end of the day, there are numerous of restaurants and cafes from various cuisines lined up across the boardwalk.

SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch If you’re a jazz fan, then this place is for you. Located at Riverwalk in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, the SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch is a jazz show that allows the local jazz musicians to come and showoff their talents during the first Sunday of each month. Come and get your jazz on!

Anne Kolb Nature Center If you’re wondering where the free nature activities and events in Fort Lauderdale are, then you should come to the Anne Kolb Nature Center during weekdays when admission is free. This park has nature, biking, and boating trails, so you can partake in any engaging activity you prefer. Other than that, you’ll find a 68-foot observation tower which looms over the park and allows you to see the native plants and animals that reside here. Besides these activities, you can also go fishing in the designated areas as well as check out the 3,500 gallon aquarium, among other things.

Artspark at Young Circle Artspark is an ideal park for families with young kids, and though it is in Hollywood, FL, it is still in close proximity to Fort Lauderdale. From time to time, Artspark throws several entertainments, such as activities that are musical, visual, and artistic. Additionally, kids can play, cool off in the interactive water fountain, and delight in the many fun, educational exhibits. Let the family have a new kind of fun here!

Fern Forest Nature Center This is another nature center that’s great for nature lovers. If you go during weekdays, you can get in for free. Here, you can picnic with your family and friends among the masses of ferns and find yourself in one of the calmest places on earth, and if you’re lucky, you might just witness a wedding in this magnificent nature park that’s beloved by so many. So, if you’ve never been here before, come check it out!

Not all activities have to cost you half your lifesavings. There are plenty of free activities and events in Fort Lauderdale that are wonderful for all. Whether you’re into fun under the sun, nature walks, or live entertainment, you’ll find exactly what you like at Florida’s lovely city of Fort Lauderdale. What are you waiting for? Get out there and have fun!

Does Summer Season Call for an RV Glass Replacement?

RV-GraphicThere’s one month left for summer to start, and if you own an RV, chances are that you’re going to take it out for a road trip soon. If your RV has been in a storage space for the past couple of months, however, you need to check up on its condition before you hop in and drive off with the family. Just like any other vehicle, you’ll need to examine the tires, battery, and oil. This type of inspection is to be expected before a long trip. Though, there is another important inspection that many RV owners aren’t aware of and tend to not pay attention to. One of the biggest questions you should ask yourself before you drive your RV is, do I need an RV glass replacement? As a result, you should examine the windshield and windows in the following ways to make sure that everything is in topnotch shape:

Check for Any Damaged Glass Before you do anything else, you should always take a look at the RV’s windshield and windows. Is there anything off about them, like scratches, chips, or cracks? Look closely and inspect them all. It is even smart to check up on the exterior mirrors for signs of damage. If your RV has been in an outdoor storage area (meaning that there is no roof to protect the RV from various weather and nature elements), then there is a chance that you might find damaged glass. For one, a tree branch could have fallen during a heavy storm and struck the windshield, leaving it chipped, cracked, or, worse yet, completely shattered.

Next, if you do find such damages to the glass, don’t neglect them; call an auto glass shop immediately and ask about their RV glass replacement options. Even if you have the slightest scratch on the glass, you should do your best to get it professionally fixed. After all, scratches can obstruct the driver’s view, and worse damages, like cracks, can lead to the glass shattering, which then could lead to the roof of the RV collapsing. Thus, it’s vital to act fast!

Check for Cracked Windshield Wipers After you’ve checked on the actual health of the glass, you should move on to examine the wiper blades. Although they might not seem that important, wiper blades can greatly affect the glass. For instance, if they’re worn out and cracked from old age, extreme weather, or constant use, then it’s time to replace them with new ones. Old windshield wipers can scratch the glass, and that’s something you want to avoid. So, before you hit the road, look at them closely and even test them out. If they don’t look or work the way they should, find replacement wiper blades from an auto glass shop. Just make sure you get wipers that are compatible with your RV.

Check for Glass Mold While glass mold is rare, it does occur. This can especially happen if your RV has been stationary for many months in an open, humid area. Without getting a fresh air change and if there is condensation around the RV, mold will find your RV, particularly the RV glass, to be the perfect breeding location. Mold isn’t something to ignore. If you find evidence of its existence on the glass, or anywhere in the RV really, get it cleaned speedily and then call an auto glass shop to find out if you need to take further actions. Sometimes wiping off the mold doesn’t solve the problem. If even the slightest bit of mold remains, it could cause the glass to break.

Check for Cracking or Moldy Window Seals If you find mold on the glass, then it is highly likely that there is mold on your window seals and that you need an RV glass replacement. Consequently, look at the seals with extra attention. If you see direct mold or cracks, that’s a sign that something is wrong with the glass. Mold can easily eat at the window seals, and over time, your windshield and windows might break from the destruction to the window seals. Therefore, if you see these signs, call an auto glass shop to see if a professional can come and assess the glass as well.

Check for Bird Droppings and Other Dirt Obviously, there are worse things that could happen to the RV glass than bird drippings and dirt, but still, you should always find these messy areas and clean them off. If the glass is filthy, it’ll only obstruct your view on the road. Besides, how can you know if the glass isn’t scratched or chipped if there is dirt in the way? You should always clean the glass properly.

In order to enjoy your summer RV road trip, inspect the glass and make sure that it isn’t damaged. Otherwise, get an RV glass replacement for you and your family’s safety. Use the tips above for guidance.

Combating Mold to Avoid Windshield Glass Repair

muddy-windshieldMany people don’t know that mold can grow on auto glass depending on the circumstances. If the weather is moist (such as with certain early mornings in the spring here in Florida) and you’ve been neglecting your car for a while, you could wake up to find mold breeding on your car’s glass. This isn’t too common, but it does happen. As a result, it’s imperative that you take care of your vehicle and its glass in order to fend off mold and prevent yourself from having to get a windshield glass repair. Here’s all you need to know about windshield mold, what causes it, and how to prevent it:

What is Mold? Mold is an organism that grows fast and decays whatever it can. Mostly, it causes organic materials to biodegrade. Many have witnessed mold growing on old, leftover food and in damp, undried areas, such as wet car seats. Oftentimes, you can even observe mold on big garbage disposals.

Mold is part of nature and can be used for the creation of some types of healthy foods (such as Brie cheese), medicine, and antibiotics. In fact, mold spores are in the air all around us, and a little of them is normal. However, too much mold can cause allergic reactions and even destroy objects, and because it can damage property through biodegradation, it can be very problematic when it is found in a vehicle. It’ll eat through almost anything and cause health risks for you.

What Caused my Windshield to Get Mold? There are many reasons why your car’s glass could have gotten mold. For example, if your car hasn’t been driven in months and has been parked in an open area that entire time, then that could highly be the cause for the mold growth. Without a change of air and if there is condensation all around the vehicle, then mold will find your car to be a great place for its development. At the same time, if you spilled water inside your car and didn’t allow it to air-dry long enough, then that damp area will nurture mold. Then, if that problem isn’t dealt with quickly, the mold will spread throughout your car, going far into the glass and leading you to get a windshield glass repair. Yikes!

Is Windshield Mold Dangerous? Windshield mold is highly dangerous. Too much mold anywhere isn’t healthy, as it can cause you to have an allergic reaction. Plus, having mold in your car indicates that your car is extremely dirty, and that’s not something you want to be sitting and breathing in. The most dangerous aspect of mold growing on your windshield, however, is the fact that it could be eating at the window seals. Over time (a very short time, since mold grows and eats fast), your windshield might even break from the destruction to its window seals. Driving would also become highly hazardous for you at that point.

Preventing Windshield Mold Fear not, for there are ways to prevent mold and avert a windshield glass repair. You can take care of your car by constantly cleaning it. If you spill a drink inside your vehicle, wash it and let the area dry by keeping the windows open for a couple of hours or for as long as it takes to dry. Frequently turn on the AC even if you no longer need to drive that car. If the window seals are cracking or you can clearly see mold on them, stop driving your car and don’t attempt to clean the mold on your own. Instead, call a mobile windshield repair expert and have them replace that windshield with another one and clean the panel from the mold.

Windshield mold is certainly a rare occurrence to see, but if you do have this problem, then you should quickly take action to get rid of it. Though, taking precautions against mold will definitely assure you that you’ll never need to get a windshield glass repair because of such a matter.