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Car Safety by Wearing Seat Belts

Wearing seatbelts saves lives

Car safety is important. Motor vehicle deaths are the major cause of death in the first three decades of an American’s life. By wearing seat belts and buckling children into age and size appropriate car seats and booster seats, people can reduce the risk of serious injury and death by half. Most drivers do follow the safety measures but there are still millions who don’t. This is a primary enforcement for seat belt violations, which means that a driver can be pulled over and sited just for not wearing a seat belt.

Certain strategies have been put in place to TRY to increase seat belt use.

  1. Laws have allowed officers to stop and ticket someone for not buckling up. Some states only allow officers to give tickets when they have pulled the driver over for something else.
  2. Increased penalties can be given resulting in higher fines or points on a driver’s license.
  3. High-visibility enforcement – Combining law enforcement and media coverage is effective for reaching people who don’t use seat belts regularly such as men, teens, and young adults.
  4. Programs are conducted at night to target people when seat belt use is the lowest and crashes are the highest.

Certain strategies can increase car seat and booster seat use

  1. Child restraint laws require children riding in a car to use approved devices appropriate for their age.
  2. Effective programs can help advertise car seat and seat belt use.
  3. Distribution of car seats through giveaways or low cost rentals.
  4. Incentive programs with coupons or prizes reward parents for correctly using car seats.

Some facts:

  • Among drivers and front-seat passengers, seat beltsreduce the risk of death by 45%, and cut the risk of serious injury by 50%.
  • Seat belts prevent drivers and passengers from being ejected during a crash.
  • People not wearingseat belt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle during a crash.

Seat belts protect people from needless death and injury. People are in a hurry, distracted, and simply forget. Many people don’t wear their seat belts, and thousands die as a result. BE SAFE AND BUCKLE UP!

 

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Windshield Tinting Does More Than You Think

There are many benefits of windshield tinting.

A misconception is that tinting auto glass is pointless luxury. Some even believe that tinting their car glass is a waste of money. However, tinting auto glass is very useful not only to drivers but also their cars. The top reasons:

 Is Windshield Tinting Only for Appearance?

Many people fall for this misconception. Sure, it can be nice to have, but it does so much more. For instance, tinting auto glass keeps your car cool during the hot summer months. It also provides you a little bit of privacy so that thieves do not get tempted to break inside and steal something. Plus, it protects your dashboard and upholstery, particularly leather seats. Car tint keeps your car interior from getting hot enough and protects your upholstery from warping, fading, or cracking.

Does It Last and Is It Effective?

If you see tinted auto glass that is bubbling, it was probably done by someone who is not a professional. In that case, the tinted glass will not be effective and will not last. However, when you tint auto glass at a professional auto glass shop, it is effective. Not only will it prevent UV rays from entering your car, but it will also last for at least 20 years.

 Does Tinting Auto Glass Make the Glass Strong?

Safety is always important on the road, and tinting auto glass provides that protection. So, even though tinted auto glass does not make the glass stronger, it does decrease the chance of the glass shattering if it has a crack.

Doesn’t Tinting Auto Glass Make It Too Dark?

Auto glass tint comes in a variety of shades to choose from. So, if you do not want the glass to be too dark, choose a lighter tint. This will still prevent UV rays from entering your car. Keep in mind that the shade of the tint must follow your state’s regulations, meaning that it cannot exceed a specific shade.

Any other Benefits?

Direct sunlight and the associated damages your skin and accelerate aging. Reduce harmful UV rays by installing quality car tint.

Windshield tinting might seem like it is only for appearance, but it does more than meets the eye. The fact is, tinted auto glass has many benefits.

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What to Do When You Have Hail Damage

Hail stones form when conditions are right and hail damage can occur.

High wind and rain comes with thunderstorms but hail can also happen. All vehicles can receive dents and broken glass when hails comes in contact with them causing hail damage.

If you can avoid hail damage, by all means – do it! But if it happens when you are on your way to home or office – this can be difficult to avoid. Setting alerts from a weather station can help keep you off the road at times of storms. If you are caught in a hailstorm, try to seek refuge under an overpass or a covered parking garage, if possible. When at home, if you don’t have a garage, there are specially-designed car covers with padding that can resist hail damage. All in all, your safety is most important and you can deal with auto repairs after the storm.

Don’t postpone repair

Drivers often postpone repairing the chips or cracks caused by hail. This can be dangerous for the passengers in the vehicle. A while back, windshields and other auto glass were only meant to protect the people from weather and give a clear view while driving. Auto body was made of heavy steel. Now lighter materials are used in the body of the car like fiber glass which may compromise the structural integrity. Bottom line: Cracked glass on a vehicle that continues to be driven will more likely break increasing the risk of injury. At the very least, your vision through the windshield may be compromised if there are cracks or chips in your line of sight.

How to repair chips or cracks? There are do-it-yourself kits that you can purchase for a low price but doing the repair takes time and patience.

At 7 Stars San Diego, we have certified technicians to repair your chips or replace your windshield with a guarantee and it only takes less than an hour.

 

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Family Vacation Travel Tips

Many will use these last few weeks of summer for a family vacation before school starts. Safety is always our #1 concern.

Before you go:

  • Cracked Windshield. Even if you have the smallest chip, have it repaired. It can become larger as you travel even going over the smallest bump.
  • Tires and windshield wipers – Bald tires can be a road hazard for you and those cars traveling around you. Cracked windshield wipers will not remove rain as they were meant to so you have a clear view of the road. Thunderstorms come up unexpectedly.
  • Filler up with gas. When going on a road trip to an area unfamiliar to you, there may be as many gas stations as you are used to. Being out of gas is not the way to spend the first hours of vacation.

On the road:

  • Don’t text.Texts can be answered when you arrive at your destination. It only takes a moment of inattention to create road rage or cause accidents.
  • Don’t be in a rush.Be sure to take breaks along the way and stay overnight when you get tired. Night driving can be especially challenging if you are not used to it. Dozing off at the wheel can be deadly to your family or others.
  • Get help from other family member. Choose a navigator to guide you through turns so you can concentrate on the road. GPS is great. Even then, it’s better to have someone else letting you know of upcoming turns or traffic. If you miss your turn, don’t panic. There’s always a safe solution at the next light or exit.
  • Buckle up your seatbelt. It’s against the law to drive without a seatbelt. Law Enforcements Officials can stop you and ticket you for not wearing your seatbelt. They don’t have to have another reason.
  • Don’t drink and drive – This may go without saying but as a reminder – drunk drivers account for about 1/3 of all traffic-related deaths.

You can be the best driver in the world but you never know what the next driver is going to do. Be safe! Have fun on your vacation!

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Car Windshield Repair San Diego: What Services Do We Offer?

At 7 Star Auto Glass San Diego, we do more than just car windshield repair San Diego and replacement services. After all, car glass gets damaged more than one way. Windows can get jammed, sunroofs might break, and so on. Thus, it is important for us to have services tailored to all you auto glass needs. Below, you will find some of our many services. Continue reading

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4 Most Informative Windshield Tinting Blogs

Many car owners drive their cars without any tinted windshields. They do not see the importance of having a tinted glass. To them, it is simply something that improves the appearance of a car. Nevertheless, windshield tinting is valuable in so many other ways. Below are our top four most informative blogs on tinting auto glass and its uses: Continue reading