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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.

Your Windshield Glass Is so Much More Than a Window

Your Windshield Glass Is so Much More Than a Window

You depend on your windshield to provide clear visibility and to protect you against wind and weather. This auto glass performs a number of other functions for your vehicle, however. Here are some of the most important purposes served by your windshield during the normal course of driving on Florida streets and highways.

Structural Support

According to the windshield glass experts at the Auto Glass Safety Council, your vehicle’s windshield is an important structural element that offers support for the roof and the passenger cabin. In a front-end crash, the windshield is designed to provide as much as 45 percent of the structural integrity of your vehicle. This goes up to 60 percent in rollover crash conditions. Investing in windshield glass replacement or repair for cracks and other damage can ensure that these protections are in place if you are involved in a serious automobile accident.

Safety Restraints

Your seat belts and air bags are essential elements of the safety system of your car, truck or SUV. Your windshield is also part of this system and is designed to provide you with added protection during a crash. The multilayer laminated construction of windshield glass allows it to break without shattering and protects you and your passengers against flying glass and being ejected from your vehicle in a collision.

Protection from UV Radiation

The glass used in windshield construction can block most of the ultraviolet radiation in sunlight. This can provide an added level of protection against skin cancer and other negative effects of prolonged exposure for you and your passengers in sunny Florida.

The windshield repair experts at Mr. Auto Glass can provide expert help in restoring your windshield to good-as-new condition. We serve St. Petersburg, Tampa, Sarasota, Jacksonville, Clearwater and Lakeland in the state of Florida and offer mobile windshield repair and replacement to ensure the greatest convenience for you and your family. To learn more about our full lineup of auto glass services or to schedule an appointment in our shop or at a location of your choice, call us today at 866-300-5013. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you.

Not All Automobile Glass is Created Equal.

Not All Automobile Glass is Created Equal.

If you drive in Florida traffic and weather, you know the importance of clear vision. Automobile glass that is well made has no ripples or air bubbles that distort your view. Below are some other auto glass considerations.

Differences in Automobile Glass Strength and Cohesiveness

All automobile glass manufactured or marketed in the United States must be “safety glass.” There are two types, laminated and tempered. These two types behave very differently when they receive a blow. Laminated glass holds together better than tempered glass. It also provides a bit of cushioning should someone inside the vehicle hit the windshield. Tempered glass shatters into small pieces when hit.

Modern windshields are made of laminated glass. Some automobile manufacturers have chosen to use laminated glass for all windows to increase safety. The downside of this is that such glass is almost impossible to break out should you become trapped inside the vehicle.

Differences Within Windshields

You could choose an auto glass replacement windshield that fits well and consists of nothing but the windshield itself. However, many vehicles now rely on the windshield to provide an embedded antenna for the radio. Other windshields contain electronic devices such as rain sensors or cameras. Check your owner’s manual, read the information imprinted on the glass and talk with your automobile dealer or glass shop before making a final decision.

Auto Glass Replacement in Florida Is Easy

Properly manufactured and installed, automobile glass adds structural strength to the vehicle and protection for its occupants. If you are in Florida, choosing the right replacement glass can be as simple as making a phone call or scheduling an online appointment. The staff at Mr. Auto Glass know the right glass for your needs, and our work is guaranteed.

Learn more about replacing windshield glass or call (866) 300-5013.

A Rock from a Truck Just Cracked My Windshield. What Should I Do?

A Rock from a Truck Just Cracked My Windshield. What Should I Do?

Debris flying from trucks is a scary occurrence but with more than 31 million commercial trucks on the road, it’s not uncommon. Although windshields are built with safety glass for added protection, projectiles like rocks can cause them to crack. Once you get past the initial shock of the experience, it’s time to take action. Don’t compromise your safety by driving with a cracked windshield. Contact the experts at Mr. Auto Glass for a fast and convenient resolution.

Minimize the Damage

Even a minor crack in your windshield can cause major damage if it’s not fixed promptly. That’s because impact cracks create stress fractures that are too small for the eye to see. Environmental factors like heat, humidity and vibration aggravate these microscopic fractures, leading to larger cracks and breakages. A quick call to Mr. Auto Glass can help you avoid dealing with a bigger problem later.

Quality Windshield Replacement

When making a repair just isn’t feasible, it’s critical to choose a qualified professional for your windshield replacement. The first priority is to verify the job will be completed according to federal safety standards and Florida statutes. These protocols include:

  • Installing approved safety glass that helps protect you from projectiles like rocks.
  • Using urethane adhesives that will help hold the glass firmly in place.
  • Ensuring that the adhesive is properly cured before driving.

At Mr. Auto Glass, we go the extra mile for our customers in Greater Tampa Bay and the Jacksonville area. For every windshield we replace, we back up our work with a lifetime workmanship warranty.

Mobile Glass Repair

Whether you need a repair or a replacement, our trained technicians are ready to come to you with a timely fix. We want you to enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing help is just a phone call away. For more information, explore our windshield repair services or call 866-300-5021 today.