What could be worse than your car breaking down while on a holiday road trip visiting relatives during the holidays, perhaps hundreds of miles from home.Time with relatives and friends is a time for fun, not dealing with the stress of getting your car repaired.
To that end, please take these steps you can take to protect your vehicle, your trip and your family.
If you have a mechanic you usually deal with have him check/change the following or if you are DIY, you need to check these things:
- Change your oil and oil filter.
- Change air filter.
- Check car belts and change spark plugs.
- Make certain your tire iron and jack are in the car.
- Check spare tire.
- Check tires condition. Check tires tread and look for signs of strain, bulges or other damage. Check tire pressure. Don’t over inflate.
- Check windshield wipers and wiper fluid. When the rain falls, you don’t want to discover your wipers are useless. In addition, bug hits can really mess a windshield, so you’ll need a full fluid reservoir.
- Check Coolant.
- Flush radiator, if you haven’t done so in a while.
- Check Fuses and Horn.
- Check that high and low beam headlights are in working order.
- Check power steering and brake fluid.
- Begin your trip with a clean car, both inside and out. It will help for you to be organized.
- Try not to put luggage over the car. It creates air friction and slows you down – burning more gas. If it is unavoidable, cover with strong sheet and tie them very well.
- Keep a small garbage bag inside the car.Some additional advice:
- Pack a fire extinguisher.
- Get a spare key for the car and keep it in your wallet or elsewhere on your person in case you lock your keys in the car.
- Fix sun protectors for side windows and front windshield.
- Stock up on CDs to cover the trip if you don’t have Sirius radio..
- Bring a plastic funnel to add water or other fluids
- Bring towels for cleaning dirty windshields, spills, etc.
- Make sure your owner’s manual is handy.
Once your car passes this checklist, there are some tips for effective driving. After all, you may not be a part of your car, but if you’re not functioning properly, your car’s condition really doesn’t matter.
Always fill your gas tank when it is half full. Don’t wait too long. Sometimes there can be miles and miles in between rest areas or service areas.
Be reasonable about how many miles you can cover in a day. Don’t push it, especially with young children.
Forget about high speeds. A steady driver can book more miles and enjoy more scenery. You’ll also save on gas over the long haul.
Leave the caffeine at home. If you get tired, pull over and rest. If it’s midway through the day, try a nap of about 30 minutes. If it’s getting dark, get a motel. It’s not worth risking your safety if your body is telling you it needs rest.
Learn to avoid boredom. For times like this, listening to your favorite music or a book on tape can prove invaluable.
Finally, stay away from trucks. Truck drivers dislike having anyone follow them.
With proper preparation before a trip, and a good attitude during a journey, you can make sure you not only survive a long trip – but also enjoy it.
Cover headlights and front of the car with a protective sheet to prevent bug clogs or other damage.
Mold can be a common occurrence in cars. It can be found in neglected vehicles left out in a humid, moist environment. However, it can also be found in cars where a water spill never dried properly. Food trucks can be easily susceptible to mold if not aired out and cleaned right. The good news is that mold can be dealt with to prevent auto windshield repairs. The bad news is that leaving it to spread throughout your car can be dangerous.
There are many types of mold, but all of them are generally the same. Mold is an organism that breeds quickly and decays whatever it can. Mold causes organic materials to biodegrade. That is why damp, undried areas, like car seats and carpets, are ideal candidates for this organism.
Nevertheless, mold is not completely bad. At this very moment, mold spores are in the very air we breathe. In fact, mold, a part of nature, is oftentimes used to produce some types of healthy foods (such as Brie cheese), medicine, and antibiotics. But too much of anything is never good, and that is certainly true when it comes to mold. More mold than is naturally in the air can cause allergic reactions if inhaled. Also, it can destroy (or eat) objects through biodegradation. If mold materializes in your vehicle, you should not ignore it. Mold could ruin various materials within the car including the glass, causing you to get an auto windshield repair.
What causes my windshield to get mold?
There are many reasons for the mold growth in your car. For one, if you left your car parked outdoors for months, mainly in a humid or moist environment, then that could cause mold to breed. Second, if you spilled water in the car and did not let it air out completely, that is another reason for the mold. Though, the scary part of all of this is that if this problem is not dealt with fast enough, the mold will spread throughout your car, going far into the glass and leading you to auto windshield repairs.
Windshield mold is very dangerous. As we have mentioned, too much mold can cause many health issues. However, mold in your car indicates there are an extreme amount of dirt and other untreated problems. Though, the most threatening aspect of mold increasing and feasting on your windshield 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 auto glass might even break from the damage to its window seals. Driving would become highly unsafe for you at that point.
Preventing windshield mold
If your car has mold, there are ways to combat it and prevent auto windshield repairs.First, you should always keep your car clean. Never leave trash, especially the sort that decomposes naturally (like food). If you spill a drink inside the car, wash it and let the damp area air-dry. Keep the windows down until the spill dries.
On the other hand, if you do not drive your car any more (maybe you are planning on selling it), then turn the AC on from time to time and roll the windows down. Letting the air move and refresh is important.
Though, if you notice that the window seals are cracking or there is mold on them, stop driving your car and do not 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.
Mold is natural, but too much of it is bad. When found in your car, it can be dangerous and lead to auto windshield repairs if not removed fast. Never leave the mold to spread to your windshield and window seals. If that happens, call for a windshield repair immediately.
reprinted from an earlier post
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.
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.
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If you need a windshield repair or replacement, call us. We service all types of vehicles – domestic or foreign.
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