Summer Vacation is getting close, and if you are going on a summer road trip, you must take precautions to stay safe on the road. This means protecting your car from getting any windshield damages and examining all aspects of your car, like the tires, battery, and even the windshield wipers. Therefore, we are going to discuss ways you can avoid a cracked windshield repair El Cajon along with other car issues that you can easily prevent before your road trip. Continue reading
Spring is here and that means unpredictable weather and severe storms. Hail poses a particular danger for car owners as it can shatter windshields. Whether damaged by an accident, rock, hail or something else, a cracked windshield can make a car unsafe to drive.
Can a car be driven with a cracked windshield?
It’s generally not dangerous to drive with a small crack in the windshield, but damaged glass should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible for two important reasons:
- Windshields weakened by damage provide less protection.
- Cracked windshields decrease visibility.
Windshields are specially designed to ensure the safety of passengers and drivers even if extreme impact causes them to chip, crack or shatter. They have two layers of glass laminated together. If one layer of glass breaks, the laminate and the inside layer of glass hold the windshield together, keeping pieces of glass from injuring occupants of the car or falling on the road.
This doesn’t mean that you should ignore a damaged windshield, however. Even a small crack signifies that the structural integrity of the glass has been compromised. Though not an immediate danger, if the crack is large, near or touching the edge of the windshield, the glass may have to be replaced and driving the car is not recommended.
Driving with a broken windshield should also be avoided whenever the damaged glass impairs the vision of the driver. With time, as moisture, dirt and even windshield washer fluid can seep into the glass sandwich layers causing discoloration and further decreasing visibility.
Another factor to consider when deciding to drive with a broken windshield, call for onsite repair or have the car towed, are the relative state laws. To ensure the safety of everyone on the roads, it is illegal to drive with shattered glass or glass that has sharp edges exposed. Drivers cannot operate vehicles if the windshield has any crack or discoloration that obstructs or interferes with their ability to see clearly.
Can Windshield Glass Shatter?
Most small chips can be repaired, One of the problems with cracks in the glass is that they spread.
In the case of windshields, chips and cracks create weak points in the glass that will likely spread due to a few factors – going over bumps on the road, changes in temperature that cause the glass to expand and contract all put stress on the glass. This additional stress causes the glass to shatter and the condition of the windshield will continue to get worse the longer you wait to get it fixed.
The good news is that windshields are engineered to hold together. Because the windshield is laminated, the glass shouldn’t separate from the frame or collapse into the car.
What Should I Do with a Cracked Windshield?
A shattered windshield must be replaced; large cracks or those that continue to spread will also likely require the glass to be substituted entirely. If your windshield has been damaged, contact your trusted car glass repair service to come up with the best solution to get you back on the road.
How Can I Avoid Hail Damage?
The months of May through September are peak season for hail when warmer weather brings thunderstorms, often including high winds and hail. Whenever possible, park your car in the garage. If severe weather strikes while driving, carefully pull into a gas station or under an overpass for protection until the hail storm has passed.
If you have a cracked windshield, call 7 Stars Auto Glass in San Diego and talk to one of our certified technicians to go over the best option for you.
Tinted cars definitely look nice, but is there more to tinting auto glass than just appearances? The answer is a big YES! The truth is, tinting your car glass is simply beneficial to you and your car. Some benefits are more obvious than others, so we are going to point out the four major San Diego windshield tinting benefits. Continue reading
What is it about a windshield damage that drives us crazy? Is it the cost of having to repair it or is it the inconvenience of the damage? At the end of the day, we are all busy people. We do not want to waste our time repairing something we did not anticipate would occur that day. However, when a damage takes place, there is no turning back. You must figure out your car windshield replacement options and act accordingly. Below are three options, but only one of them is worth your time: Continue reading
We know that when a rock hits your windshield from a dump truck in front of you, you see the windshield crack happen so you know where that came from. What about when you wake up, go outside, get ready to get in your car, and you notice a crack in your windshield. Where did that crack come from? At our location, we hear this from clients every day. “I have no idea how that happened.” There are several reasons this can happen. Here are a few.
Hail storms can occur in almost any season when the conditions are just right. Hail can cause small chips, which can lead to cracks over time. When hail strikes your windshield, bring your vehicle to an auto glass repair center to keep the cracks from spreading.
Although it’s uncommon to see a poorly installed windshield from an auto manufacturer; it’s not so rare to see a defective windshield replacement. In some cases, a previous technician either ordered the wrong windshield or did not set it into the framework correctly. This can be dangerous at times when you need windshield protection during a collision.
If temperatures drastically change, it can affect the outer edges of the window. Leaving your car outside during the summer can also affect the glass if temperatures exceed 100 degrees.
One of the reasons temperatures fluctuate at an accelerated rate is sunlight. The sun’s heat on metal and other materials around the glass can cause the glass edges to expand faster than the middle of the glass. This leads to cracks along the surface and eventually through the center. Park your car inside or under a shade whenever possible.
When it’s windy outside, dust, dirt, and debris, can slam into your car’s windshield. Over prolonged exposure, the particles can eventually penetrate the glass surface and cause chips.
Dependable Auto Glass Replacement
If you need a windshield repair or replacement, call us. We service all types of vehicles – domestic or foreign.
We all make mistakes sometimes, but the important thing is to learn from them. One mistake most of us have done is using unsafe car care products on our car windshield and windows. The thing is, though, we did not know they were unsafe products. Today, we are going to highlight these unsafe products so that you can learn from your mistakes and keep your San Diego auto glass in tiptop shape. Let us begin! Continue reading
Thieves often do not consider the morals of their actions. If they want to break into your car to either steal something from inside or to drive off with the vehicle, they will not hesitate. However, that does not mean that there is nothing you can do to have auto protection against thieves. In fact, there are five important tips to follow if you want to be less likely targeted by thieves. Here are those five tips: Continue reading
Windshield glares are one of the most annoying driving problems to have. They block our sight, blind us while driving, and cause us to nearly get into car accidents (if we don’t actually get into one). Glares are a driver’s worst enemy. And since they can get us into car accidents, they can destroy our windshields. This, a good way to prevent an accident and a car glass repair is by eliminating those irritating glares. Obviously, you cannot get rid of the sun or streetlights, which are the culprits behind those glares. However, you can protect your windshield against those glares by doing a few things. Continue reading
A common question many glass shops hear is “Can you recycle windshield glass? The answer is yes! Windshield glass is extremely strong and is designed to stay together when involved in an accident. The process has several steps. The clean glass can be recycled and turned into a wide variety of objects. Some glass recycling shops have kept them from landfills allowing the glass to be re-purposed.
Is Windshield Glass Different from Other Glass?
Windshield glass is also called “safety” glass because of its ability to withstand excessive amounts of force. Its ability to hold together after a car crash is due to the layer of plastic that is encased by two layers of glass. This plastic layer keeps the glass from shattering. Years ago, when a windshield broke, the small pieces of sharp glass would become deadly projectiles. With the introduction of this new type of windshield glass, the risk of death or injury due to the flying glass is dramatically reduced.
How Is It Recycled?
To recycle windshield glass, it must pass through several steps. The glass of the windshield must first be broken and separated from the plastic sheet that’s pressed firmly between the layers. Once the plastic has been removed, the glass is put through a processor that grinds it down to its original state. Once it has been ground down, it can then be used to create new glass or glass-based materials. While it may not be exactly the same as bottle glass, it can still be used for a variety of purposes and kept from clogging up the landfills.
Who Accepts Windshield or “Safety” Glass for Recycling?
If you have a windshield that you want to recycle, you can call your local recycling center or glass repair shop to find out who will take it. In most cases, the glass repair shop will accept it and put it in with the ones they have that are ready for recycling. Recycling centers have access to the recycling facilities that are able to break down the glass and turn it over to the manufacturers who can then re-purpose it.
How Can Windshield Glass Be Re-purposed?
Recycled windshield glass can be re-purposed into new windshields, bottles, bowls, vases, etc. Recycled glass is often used by multi-medium artists who use it as part of sculptures, mosaics, and window art. Tile companies are also using it as part of the mixture used to produce their product. Glass is one of the most versatile materials in use today. With the latest advancements in the manufacturing and production of windshields, the glass from a broken windshield can be recycled and re-purposed more efficiently than ever before making it one of the most affordable materials available.
With environmental concerns making recycling the norm instead of the option, glass repair shops are implementing programs that allow them to recycle the windshields they replace. The number of windshields being sent to landfills has started to drop considerably. The more windshields that can be diverted from landfills, the more cost-effective replacement glass will become making it a win/win situation for everyone.
There are many reasons to have your windshield replaced but many drivers put it off until it shatters. Then it is a hazard for the driver and the passengers. There are some good auto glass replacement reasons.
The Purpose of Your Windshield
- Your windshield does more than just look help you view the road. It acts as a backstop for your air bags. Incorrect deployment of your air bags puts your and your passengers at risk.
- It also keeps your roof from collapsing. Many people don’t realize that the windshield provides the car’s structural strength. In a roll-over crash, a cheap windshield can cause your roof to collapse, which can be life-threatening.
- It can prevent ejection of passengers in a crash. Your windshield can also keep you from being ejected from the vehicle in a case of a collision.
Once you make the decision to have your windshield replaced, what questions should you know about the windshield replacement company.
- The Qualifications of the Technicians – The technicians should be highly trained, experienced and knowledgeable of the whole process. Check their reputation.
- The Adhesive is Important – OEM glass is safer, sturdier and less prone to cracking. Low-quality adhesives do not work as well, especially in wet or cold climates and can take longer to dry/cure.
- How soon you can drive after installation – We are all busy and usually don’t have the time to sit waiting for a new windshield to be installed. Mobile windshield replacement service is convenient but it’s dangerous to drive the car before it’s ready. This is known as “safe drive away time”. Question your provider to take the proper precaution.
- Warranty – If the auto glass replacement company offers a lifetime warranty, you can almost assume they’re using OEM glass, which is high quality.
Replace or Repair
In some cases, windshield replacement may not be necessary – only a repair may be needed. A good rule of thumb is that if a quarter can cover the crack, a repair may work instead of a full replacement. Even even that is true, if the crack is at the edge of the glass or if the crack is in the driver’s line of vision, a full replacement will be recommended for safety.