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Auto Safety Tips for When You’re on the Road

Auto Safety Tips for When You’re on the Road

With the technology that has developed in the 2010s, there are a lot of gadgets that can distract you while you drive. It’s become more important than ever to understand safe driving basics and to practice them each time that you get behind the wheel. However, road safety also includes making sure that your vehicle is properly maintained. Take a look at these auto safety tips for the road.

Keep Road Safety in Mind as You Drive

One of the most vital safety tips is to focus on the road and what you’re doing at all times. You shouldn’t multitask or use any electronic devices while you’re behind the wheel. This includes trying to pick up items that fall on the floor.

It’s also important that you’re aware of other drivers and ready for the unexpected. If you drive defensively, then you’re always prepared to avoid a collision when other motorists make sudden moves.

Perform an Auto Safety Check Before Driving

In addition to paying attention to the road, you need to check whether or not your vehicle is safe to drive. The warning lights in the dashboards of most modern vehicles indicate when there are issues with airbags, tire pressure, antilock brakes, low fluids, etc. Make sure that there are no warnings before you get on the road. Other items to check beforehand include headlights, brake lights, turn signals, windshield wipers and tire tread.

Although most people don’t think to check their windshields, it’s an integral part of vehicle safety. Aside from protecting you from debris, wind and other elements, your windshield keeps you inside of your vehicle and prevents the roof from collapsing during an accident. Cracks and chips in the windshield threaten the structural safety of your entire car, so get repairs when you need them.

Do you want to learn more about road safety and your windshield? You can take a look at Mr. Auto Glass’ page about windshield safety, or call (866) 300-5013.

That Crack in Your Windshield Isn’t Getting Any Smaller

That Crack in Your Windshield Isn’t Getting Any Smaller

Have you recently discovered a small crack in your car’s windshield? It may seem like something you don’t have to worry about, but exposed to the elements, that small crack can grow and become more pronounced over time. To make matters worse, a crack is much more than just an unsightly blemish on your automobile: it’s an ever-present danger.

Here are a few reasons you should get that crack in your windshield fixed as soon as possible.

Smaller Cracks or Chips Are Cheaper to Repair

A crack in your windshield doesn’t automatically mean you need a full replacement. If you identify a small crack or ship before it grows into something much larger, a skilled glass repair technician can perform a spot repair to remove the damaged area and replace it with newer, stronger glass.

Driving With a Cracked Windshield Is Unsafe

A windshield does many jobs for you while you’re driving. For instance, it acts as a viewport so you can see the road you’re traveling on, and it manages to keep annoyances like wind, rain, and bugs out of your face so you can see. But there are other functions that might not immediately come to mind, such as how it acts as a backstop for your airbags, and how it can keep you from being ejected in the event of an accident. If you have a cracked windshield, the integrity of the glass is compromised, and it’s less able to perform these other functions.

You Could Get a Ticket

The next time you get pulled over, you could find yourself receiving more than just a speeding ticket. Depending on where you live, you could also be ticketed for failing to address your cracked windshield. Traffic control officers often view large, substantial cracks as hazards, and are willing to dish out fines when appropriate. Take care of the crack and avoid this inconvenience.

Visit Mr. Auto Glass to learn more about repairing the crack or replacing your windshield, if needed, or call (866) 300-5013.

Rear Windows and Windshields with Sensors. Fix or Replace?

Rear Windows and Windshields with Sensors. Fix or Replace?

A vehicle is designed to protect its occupants in the event of an accident. That’s why it’s important to repair and replace damaged rear windows and windshields as soon as you notice there is a problem with them. In order to follow the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Act, a windshield must do its job of keeping the roof from collapsing in a rollover accident and preventing the driver and passengers in the vehicle from being ejected when a seatbelt isn’t worn.

Benefits of Fixing Rear Car Windows and Windshields

There are many benefits to fixing rear windows and windshields with sensors. The first is safety. When a window or windshield is damaged, it doesn’t provide the protection its supposed to give occupants in a motor vehicle. It actually poses a great threat because a small crack could increase in size, shatter, and injure people. If you were traveling at any speed when it happened, it could have grave consequences.

Other benefits of fixing windows and windshields that need repair include:

  • Better Visibility
  • Increased Protection from the Elements Including UV Rays, Rain, and Hail
  • Helps the Vehicle Look Better and Get Better Gas Mileage

This is just a sampling of the things that are accomplished with rear windows and windshields with sensors repairs.

How You Know It’s Time to Replace Rear Windows and Windshields

If the interlayer of glass is affected by a chip or a crack, it’s time to replace the rear window or windshield. With every replacement comes a lifetime warranty for workmanship. An improperly installed windshield violates the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Act and Florida law allows you to choose who does the replacement service for you.

Learn more about auto glass repair and replacement services by contacting Mr. Auto Glass today. Call us at 1-866-300-5013 and we’ll come to your home or place of business in Tampa, St. Pete, Clearwater, Lakeland or Sarasota to assess your rear window or windshield that has sensors. Your safety is our number one concern which is why we use the most current repair and replacement techniques on your automobile.

Important Functions Your Windshield Performs

Important Functions Your Windshield Performs

As a car owner, you likely understand that your windshield protects you from debris, UV radiation and weather elements such as rain. What you might not realize is that it has many other functions. In fact, it’s an integral part of your car’s safety restraint system. Because of that, it’s very important to keep your front window in tip-top shape, and Mr. Auto Glass can help.

Safety Functions in the Event of a Crash

In all modern vehicles, the windscreen is just as important as the seat belts and airbags. Damage to any of these parts compromises the entire system and your safety.

One function of the windshield is to support the passenger side airbags. When the windscreen isn’t in place properly, it can detach from your vehicle during a crash. Without its support, the passenger side airbags won’t deploy correctly. In addition, you could be thrown from your vehicle.

The front window functions as structural reinforcement for the roof too. Older vehicles were equipped with A-pillars to provide this support, but the roofs in modern vehicles get reinforcement from the windscreen. Specifically, the windscreen prevents the roof from collapsing on you during a rollover crash.

The final function in relation to safety is that the front window cushions the blow on you during an accident. Windscreens contain polyvinyl material between two layers of glass. The polyvinyl is flexible and cushions the impact if you fly into the windscreen.

Other Functions of the Front Window

The first vehicles invented didn’t have windscreens. Along with making cars safer, adding the front window improves aerodynamic performance. It also increases gas mileage and reduces highway noise.

Caring for Your Windshield

It’s clear that taking care of your windscreen is in your best interest. If you see chips or cracks in it, visit an auto glass specialist for repairs. You might need a window replacement if there’s too much damage.

Do you have questions about auto window replacement and repairs at Mr. Auto Glass? You can get more information on the FAQ page or by calling (866) 300-5013.

We Do Much More Than Windshield Repairs and Replacement

We Do Much More Than Windshield Repairs and Replacement

According to the Auto Glass Safety Council, your windshield provides as much as 45 percent of the structural support for your vehicle during a serious collision. Front windshields are not the only protective element of your car’s auto glass, however. Door glass and rear windshields are also essential to protecting you, your passengers and your property on and off the road. The experts at Mr. Auto Glass can provide solutions that go beyond simple windshield repair and replacement. Here are some of the most important additional services we provide.

Driver and Passenger Side Window Glass

Your vehicle’s windows provide protection against the elements and the effects of the sun’s rays, especially here in sunny Florida. A study conducted by the Boxer Wachler Vision Institute and published in the scholarly journal JAMA Ophthalmology in July 2016 indicated that side window glass could protect drivers and passengers from as much as 71 percent of ultraviolet-A rays. This can significantly reduce the risk of skin cancer and other negative effects of sun exposure. Intact door glass can keep rain and wind out of your car, allowing you and your passengers to enjoy a more comfortable ride even in the worst weather. Finally, prompt replacement of broken or damaged side window glass can often deter thieves from attempting entry into your vehicle.

Rear Windshield Repair and Replacement

Your rear window glass can provide critical structural support for your vehicle in a collision or rollover. It also provides you with clear visibility of the cars and trucks behind you, which could potentially help you avoid accidents caused by the actions of others. Making sure that your rear window glass is in optimal condition can have a positive impact on your safety behind the wheel.

At Mr. Auto Glass, we do much more than fix windshields. We specialize in restoring your auto glass to enhance your safety and security on the road. Our expert technicians can come to your location for added convenience and speed of repairs and help you complete forms for insurance purposes. We use only premium glass and offer a lifetime warranty on all the services we offer. If you need the best in auto glass repair and replacement, call us today at 866-300-5013. We look forward to the chance to serve you.

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We are Committed to Quality and Safety. Here’s How.

We are Committed to Quality and Safety. Here’s How.

According to federal statutes, Florida drivers must ensure that cracks and chips in their windshield do not interfere with their line of sight. There are several reasons for this, including the fact that obstructed vision can lead to a distracted driving accident. Additionally, chips and cracks weaken the integrity of your windshield, which is dangerous for everyone. We are all about quality and safety. Here are the details.

OEM Grade, High Quality Windshield Replacements

We’ve all run into issues with off-brand products, especially in regards to their compatibility, performance and safety. Therefore, Mr. Auto Glass works exclusively with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) grade windshields. This premium auto glass is thicker and better fitting than off-brand alternatives, which makes it harder to break. An OEM grade windshield gives you a better chance of surviving a rollover accident without sustaining serious glass related injuries.

Only Certified Professionals Repair and Replace Auto Glass

A windshield serves as one of your vehicle’s most important safety features. Our team of repair and replacement technicians must finish intensive training courses while maintaining a best-in-class performance. We don’t just teach our technicians how to replace and repair auto glass; they also receive an in-depth education about the science behind auto glass technology. Mr. Auto Glass technicians complete regular continuing education courses throughout their career to stay at the top of their game.

A Lifetime Warranty Protects Florida Residents

We stand behind the quality and safety of each windshield repair and replacement. If the windshield has any defects after installation, our technicians will repair it for free. Any future failures related to our auto glass work will also be covered for life. This removes the financial burden from drivers who aren’t protected by comprehensive auto insurance coverage.

Are you aware that Florida’s insurance law means you won’t pay for a windshield replacement as long as you have comprehensive coverage? Learn more about submitting a claim for new auto glass by checking out our website or calling (866) 300-5013.