Start the Year with a Windshield Repair and a Clean Car

cartoon glass guyBegin the New Year on a new page. If you have a broken windshield, such as one with a chip or crack in it, then get a windshield repair. And if your car is a mess inside and out, be sure to get it cleaned. Make these goals part of your resolutions for 2016. After all, if you start the year with a great, clean car, you’ll continue doing great actions. There are several benefits to keeping your car clean and well-repaired. To learn more about these benefits, continue reading!

The Benefits of a Clean Windshield From time to time, 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. For that reason, always having a clean windshield helps you avoid all these issues completely.

The Benefits of Getting a Windshield Repair Did you know that if you have a cracked or shattered windshield, your car’s roof could collapse? It’s true! The windshield supports the roof, which means that without a stable windshield, you put yourself in danger every time you sit inside your car. As a result, repairing your windshield protects you from getting injured…or worse. Plus, getting an auto glass repair also puts an end to those annoying glares in your windshield. So it’s a win-win!

detail2 The Benefits of a Completely Clean Car In 2016, having a clean car will not only remove glares and keep your windshield in a stable condition, but it will also help you out in various ways. For instance:

  • A clean car will smell fresh inside and out, which means that you no longer have to deal with those pet and food odors that typically cling on to the upholstery.
  • A clean car will be bug-free. So no more bugs flying in your face while you drive.
  • A clean car has a higher value than a dirty car, and you can later sell it for more.

What do you think? Are you convinced to clean your car yet?

The Benefits of Getting Other Auto Glass Services, Like Tinting 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.

So what are you waiting for? Get a windshield repair and follow it by regularly cleaning your car, and 2016 will have a great start and a perfect flow all the way to the end!

Avoiding a Windshield Glass Repair by Combating Mold

rainy windshield glass repairThis is a repost of an older blog we’ve published. We’ve added more details to the blog because we thought they would be helpful if you want to prevent mold and maintain your windshield. So let’s get started! Many 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 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.

car washPreventing 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 and doing the following:

  • 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.
  • Constantly get your car washed, paying extra attention to your windshields, windows, and mirrors.
  • Don’t rely on rain to clean your glass. Rather, be sure to regularly use a professional windshield cleaner to spray the glass both inside and outside the vehicle.
  • After long road trips, vacuum your car’s upholstery, especially if there are food crumbs left behind.

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.

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.

Worst Advice for Fixing a Broken Windshield

cracked windshieldThis is a repost of an old blog we thought would be helpful when it comes to repairing auto glass since many of our readers found it informative, especially since it debunks a lot of myths/advice car owners hear on the internet. We have also added a couple of tips at the end of the blog to help you maintain your windshield. At Low Price Auto Glass Fort Lauderdale, we’ve had many customers come in too late with wrecked windshields or windows even though the issue could’ve been fixed early on when there used to be just a tiny chip. What never ceases to astonish us is the fact that many people actually try to fix the damage on their own in really unusual ways. Some of these methods are so absurd, we’re not even sure why people are continuously fooled into doing them. In the end, a broken windshield needs extra caution and care, and the following auto glass repair advices just don’t cut it:

Using Tape to Hold the Crack Together. That Has to Be a Joke, Right?
Who thought they could do an auto glass repair by duct taping a chip? Turns out, a couple of people have. Sure, you can tape torn paper back together or hold the side of a broken picture frame in place, but when it comes to your windshield, tape will never do more than leave glue on the glass. After all, a single windshield is what support a car’s roof so it doesn’t collapse. Now, do you honestly think that tape will hold that chip together and manage to lift the heavy roof in place? We don’t think so (actually, we know so). Relying on tape to fix the chip is simply denying that there is a big problem that only an expert can resolve.

Super Gluing the Crack. That Should Work, Or So They Said
Super glue is awesome, it’s true. It can mend the most demolished items around your house, like that pretty vase your two years old kid threw to the ground. But super glue can never fix a broken windshield. When you apply glue to the windshield, it seeps into the chip or crack, and there is no way to extract it back out. What’s worse is that the glue simply fills the chipped space. However, the result is still not strong enough against the pressure of the roof against the damaged glass, and eventually, the chip you thought you repaired will continue to split and crack. At that point, you’ll have no choice but to replace the entire windshield, which is something you could have avoided from the start by going to professionals.

Nail Polish Can Strengthen Anything, Right? Nail polish is the weakest product you can use for an auto glass repair (although we can say the same about every other item on this list). Think about it for a second, when people apply nail polish on their fingernails, it helps for a few days, but then the polish starts chipping off from constant tear. Water and other everyday elements weaken the polish. Therefore, it should not be any different when it is applied on a chip in the windshield. From constant sun heat followed by rainy days, the nail polish you hoped would hold the damage together is going to fall apart and the chip is going to expand.

Band-Aids for Auto Glass. Really? Who Comes Up With This Stuff? Apparently, some manufacturers created special Band-Aids designed specifically to fix a broken windshield. While these manufacturers clearly produced this product to make easy money, we’re surprised that people actually fell for this. Auto glass Band-Aids are just like duct tape. They stick over the damage but don’t actually do anything to repair it. Besides, such a small translucent sticker (because that’s what this really is) won’t hold up a heavy windshield. So please, don’t let any advertisement fool you into thinking this is a great product that’ll help you save money on fixing your broken auto glass.

windshield washingTips for Maintaining Your Windshield Why wait until you have a damaged windshield to start really caring for auto glass? With the following tips, you’ll maintain the windshield year round and prevent the glass from needing repairs:

  • Be sure to regularly wash the glass using a microfiber cloth and a high quality windshield cleaner.
  • Avoid washing your windshield under a bright sun; wash when the sun isn’t as bright.
  • Avoid using household products and detergents to wash your windshield.
  • Keep ammonia away from your windshield. A product that has ammonia is Windex.
  • Use WD-40 if you need to remove a sticker or a decal off your windshield.
  • Never scratch the windshield with car keys to remove stickers.
  • Wash windshield wipers often.
  • Replace old windshield wipers before they damage the glass.

Ultimately, these flimsy products people were advised to use are horrible. Next time you have a broken windshield, don’t hesitate to take the right action and fix your car properly. An auto glass repair should be left to professionals who have the right products and tools. No one else should have the right to tamper with your car or instruct you on how to repair it.

 

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Have a Safe Drive This Thanksgiving Holiday

happy-thanksgivingThanksgiving is just a week away, which means that you might be planning on traveling somewhere via your car or perhaps you’re just going to be driving locally for some holiday shopping. No matter your plans, we thought it would be a wonderful idea to remind you to be cautious before and while you drive. Your vehicle, even if it’s brand new, needs to be looked at before you go on your amazing road trip. After all, you don’t want the engine to suddenly blow out in the middle of the highway and while you’re a hundred miles from home. Plus, things get crazy around Thanksgiving and Black Friday, and making sure no one damages your car is very essential. So, in order to have a safe drive, take a look at these important tips:

Inspect the Tire Pressure The first thing you should always do is inspect the tire pressure. A few days before your road trip, take a look if you see a flat tire or a tire that seems to be heading in that direction. If you have a flat tire, then get it replaced, or else your entire trip is out the door. Though, if you have low tire pressure, then you have plenty of time to get it repaired. You can either go to one of the many gas stations out there that fill the air pressure for free, or you can go to Walmart, which also does this as a complimentary service. Then, check the tire pressure again right before you leave for your 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 yourself. It’ll help you have a safe drive.

Check the Headlights, Backlights, and Signals Imagine if your car’s headlights blew out and you were driving in the middle of nowhere at night. You’d be in a threatening situation. Even if a cop doesn’t pull you over, you might have to pull over if you get in a car accident due to the lack of light. So be wise before you take off on your Thanksgiving vacation or errand. Check the headlights, backlights, and even the signal lights. Have someone help you see if any light needs replacement. Do this examination a few days before your trip so you’re not rushing at the last minute, but if you still have enough time (and it is recommended), take a look at the lights again the day of your trip.

Test the Car Battery Car batteries can die out too. Therefore, be sure to find out whether the car battery is about to go out. This step might be trickier to test than the other steps mentioned here, but if you follow this simple video, you should be good to go. Be sure to do this a few days before your trip as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COJr7OB23Hw

safe driveWash the Windshields, Windows, and Mirrors Light glares and a terrible driving visibility are the cause of windshield dirt. Don’t be that driver with bird droppings all over his glass. Get your car washed before your Thanksgiving trip (preferably the day before), and pay special attention to the windshields, windows, and mirrors in order to have a safe drive.

Store a First-Aid Kit in Your Car If you don’t have one yet, create a First-Aid Kit and store it somewhere in your car. Within this kit, place important emergency items like Band-Aids, Advil, Neosporin, Pepto-Bismol, and Benadryl. These items will help you in the case of an allergic reaction or a cut or scrape, or even just minor stomach aches.

Join a Service like AAA Things can go wrong no matter how careful you are. You could examine your car all you want before your road trip and still have a flat tire on the road or a blown engine. Thus, 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.

For a safe drive on your Thanksgiving road trips and errands, it’s good to take precautions and follow these simple, yet life saving tips. You’ll enjoy the road and be more at ease.

 

Detailed Cleaning Prevents a Windshield Replacement

windshield_washingThis is a repost of an old blog we wrote that we thought might be helpful for many of our readers. We’ve added more details and tips to help you keep your windshield well-maintained. When people clean their cars, they often wash off the grime that’s on the outside while forgetting that the inside of their car gets dirty too. Sometimes, people do remember to clean inside the vehicle, but they neglect to clean the windows and windshield internally. Thus, no matter how many times they target outside dirt, smears and streaks remain. From daily breathing and heat, the car’s glass is bound to fog up and look unclean. Over time, this buildup can ruin the condition of the glass, make it more susceptible to worse damage, and blur the driver’s visibility. All of this can force the driver to get a windshield replacement at one point or another, and so it is important to remember to clean the glass on the inside just like the outside in order to avoid such matter. Here’s all you need to know about cleaning the glass on the inside:

Keep Windshield Wipers Clean 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. However, if the wiper blades are themselves dirty, then it’s impossible to thoroughly clean the glass. Thus, be sure to always have clean wipers. If the wipers get old and start to make screeching noises, replace them immediately.

Regularly Refill on Windshield Washer Fluid Similarly, always refill on windshield washer fluid, as you might need it when you are in need of washing a dirty glass while you’re on the road.

MicrofiberInvest In a Microfiber Cloth You can get a microfiber cloth at most stores and supermarkets. They’re very inexpensive. You should purchase at least two microfiber cloths, since you will use them to clean and dry the glass. The reason they are ideal for auto glass is the fact that they are soft and gentle. They don’t scratch at the glass surface, which is perfect for maintaining the windshield and windows in tiptop shape. This makes them safer to use than sponges and rags, which are rough and can scratch at the glass, even though the roughness is invisible to the human eye.

The Cleaning Process With the two microfiber cloths, cleaning the glass will be easy and quick. Using an auto glass cleaning solution, pour a small amount on one of the microfiber cloths and use that cloth to wipe the dirt, dust, and smudges off the glass. Get in all the corners and edges of the windshield and windows, since they can conceal a lot of dirt. Once you’ve wiped all the areas, take the other microfiber cloth and use it to dry the glass. Don’t forget this crucial step, because it’ll make the difference between having clear glass and hazy glass. Plus, doing this keeps the glass polished and free from scratches that could force you to get a windshield replacement.

Hard to Reach Edges It’s not easy cleaning a windshield from the inside of a vehicle, particularly because the bottom edge is far from a front passenger’s reach (unless that passenger has really long arms). So if you’re attempting to clean the glass, you might find yourself extending your arm in an uncomfortable way just to wipe off those hard to reach areas. You might even find yourself wiping unevenly, leaving some areas as they are. This problem, however, can be solved without a lot of difficulty. All you have to do is grab a long, sturdy item you can find around your house. Anything can work, such as a ruler, a cooking spoon, or even a pen. You can use the same or similar items to move the microfiber cloths around in those hard to reach edges. Pretend they are pointers that push the cloths around in areas that are difficult to wipe with your own hand. Just be gentle and don’t smash the items and the cloth against the glass.

Benefits This gentle method of cleaning with a microfiber cloth ensures that you don’t cause damage to the glass while removing dirt. After all, it’s not convenient to clean the windows and windshield only to create scratches. When you spend at least ten minutes of your time wiping your car’s interior glass properly, you keep it in a good condition and save yourself from having to get a windshield replacement.

A scratched glass can cost you a lot of money to repair or replace altogether. Yet, preventing a windshield replacement doesn’t have to be complicated. By simply cleaning the glass, both inside and out, you would be doing a wonderful job of keeping it in a great condition. Follow these easy tips mentioned here to maintain your auto glass.

 

Avoid a Windshield Repair this Rainy Winter

windshield-wipers-in-the-rainThis is a repost of an old blog we did on auto glass protection against rain in the summer months here in Florida. Though, since the wintertime in Florida also calls for terrible rain, we are sharing this information with you once more and adding a few more helpful tips. Obviously, 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. 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. Here are some important tips to follow:

Drive Your Car in Rain Only When It’s Necessary A lot of people like to drive in rain in the midst of a thunderstorm and even while they can barely see the road. Unless you are in an emergency that imposes you to drive, avoid this risky situation. Not only can this cause damage to your windshield, but it can also increase your chance of getting into a car accident.

Refill the Washer Fluid if it is Halfway Empty Washer fluid keeps your windshield and wiper blades clean. Yet, if you’re out of washer fluid, dirt will accumulate on the glass and scratch both the surface and the rubber on the wiper blades. As a result, when it starts to rain, you will already have a windshield in a poor condition and wiper blades that are destroyed and barely work. That’s why it’s important to refill the washer fluid on the days when it’s not raining.

Wipers in Good Condition The quality of windshield wipers affects the glass. Imagine relying on broken wipers in strong rain only to hear screeching and the sound of the wipers vibrating as they move to and fro. Thus, if the wipers are getting old and you can clearly see cuts and worn rubber on the wiper blades, then you should immediately replace them with new ones. Usually, wiper blades last around six months to a year. As long as you replace them during that time, or when they start to fall apart, you’ll be safe, and you won’t need to have a windshield repair.

Clean Glass You’re probably wondering how cleaning a windshield will protect it from rain. Well, cleaning it won’t directly protect it from rain. Nevertheless, cleaning it will protect the windshield wipers, which will protect the glass from rain. A dirty windshield leads to dirty windshield wipers, and dirty wipers are more prone to cracks and tears in the rubber. As a result, you should regularly clean your car’s glass, paying special attention to the surface underneath the wipers.

Rain Repellents There are a few rain repellent treatments out there that you can apply directly to your windshield. Though this is not necessary, it is recommended because it’ll ensure you a safe drive during rainy weather. Plus, when you use a rain repellent on your windshield, you won’t need to set your wipers at maximum speed. In most instances, you won’t need to use your wipers at all and merely rely on the rain repellent’s ability to improve visibility. A well-known rain repellent product out there is Rain-X. Once you apply the liquid to the glass, you can wipe the excess off and watch with amazement as the product fends off rain from your sight.

parkingCautious Parking What does cautious parking mean, you ask? It means being aware of where you park your car. Think of the damage that could occur if you park beneath a frail tree branch when it’s raining. If that tree branch falls off and lands on your windshield, you’ll be forced to get a windshield repair or replacement to fix the dent, crack, or shattered windshield. It’s very important to be aware of what’s around you when you park somewhere, especially when it’s raining. Even if it’s sunny out when you park your car, make sure there are no hazards around you that could affect your car if it rains.

It’s easy to avoid a windshield repair by protecting your car’s glass from rain. Rain doesn’t directly harm auto glass, but it does create situations that cause many risks to the windshield and your safety. Following the precautions listed above will save you time, money, and keep you and other drivers safe.