The 3 main categories
Front wiper blades fall into three main categories – metal framed, rubber-sheathed winter, and beam (or frameless) styles. They all have pluses and minuses when it comes to keeping us safe.
Metal-framed or skeleton-type wipers have the longest history in auto wiper blades and basically excel in only one area – economy. To be fair, if you replace them as often as appropriate, about 12 to 18 months, and treat them with care during de-icing, they can do a passable job for most vehicles in most weather.
Rubber-sheath blades are simply traditional metal framed units with a thin rubber sleeve attached to their skeletons. About the only benefit this adds is the ease of removing built-up ice or snow when clearing your vehicle before the hitting the road. Moisture can still get to the skeleton’s joints, leaving them as unbending as plain metal-framed blades.
Beam blades seem to answer many of the problems of the first two with a one-piece, flexible poly-material frame. They can adapt to aggressive windshield curves and aren’t subject to pivot or joint freeze-ups. They come at a cost, often priced at twice that of metal-framed units, depending on length. While their one-piece frames can outlast skeleton style blades, their rubber inserts have about the same lifespan, about 12 to 18 months.
Make sure you buy four tires; skimping and putting winter tires only on the drive end of the car will result in unpredictable handling and could be dangerous.
If you’d rather not remount your tires each season, pick up a separate set of inexpensive steel wheels for permanent winter-tire duty. This also keeps expensive alloy wheels from getting damaged in harsh, salty winter conditions.
Swap to winter tires in November and back to all-season or summer tires around Easter–winter tires’ softer rubber compounds wear quickly in warmer temperatures.
Store off-season tires in a cool, dry area out of the sun, and consider wrapping them in black plastic bags to reduce oxidation.
The staff of B&D Autobody and Glass wish everyone a safe and happy Holiday Season!
IN FLANDERS FIELDS
– by Lt Colonel John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Poem written during World War 1 by Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae on May 3, 1915, after presiding over the funeral of a friend and fellow soldier.
5 ways to protect kids on Halloween
Help protect trick-or-treaters by following these driving safety tips on Halloween. Be especially careful between 4 and 8 p.m., when most severe vehicle/young pedestrian collisions happen.
- See where you’re going. Make sure your windshield is wiped clean, both inside and out.
- Drive slowly, and don’t pass stopped vehicles. The driver might be dropping off children.
- Park your mobile phone. Avoid distractions by waiting until you’ve stopped to call, text, or surf.
- Watch for children darting into the street. Kids can cross the street anywhere, especially around Halloween.
- Communicate with other drivers. Always use your turn signals and your hazard lights when dropping off or picking up kids.
4 ways to weather the storms
Here are four ways you can protect your auto glass. Each of the tips below can go a long way in preventing damage to your windshield during extreme weather conditions.
- Inspect your windshield for chips or cracks
Chips and cracks should be professionally repaired immediately.
- Have your windshield professionally treated with a rain repellent
This will help your visibility stay high, no matter how heavy the rain or snow might get.
- Install newer, stronger wiper blades
This simple step may go a long way in helping you avoid low visibility during downpours.
- Use an antifrost or defogging product
If you are not familiar with how to apply these products, just ask our auto glass professionals.
Call us at 604-255-6383 today.
5 Things You May Not Know About Your LEXUS
When Lexus first arrived on the automobile scene it caused quite a stir from the very get-go and quickly became the premier vehicle of choice of many discerning buyers.
- Lexus is one of the newest car brands in the world
- Paris Hilton drives a white Lexus LFA
- Ford CEO Alan Mullally was caught driving a Lexus!
- Lexus is an industry leader in Hybrid vehicles
- In 2008, Lexus gifted a brand new LS 600H to Paul McCartney
Now that you’ve had a taste of the LEXUS luxury driving experience, put your trust only in a Factory Authorized Lexus Repair Centre. Get professional grade craftsmanship for your premium vehicle at B&D Auto Body & Glass – your Factory Authorized go-to repair centre for Lexus, BMW and Mini. Call us today.
Accidents, vandalism and daily use can damage your vehicle’s side mirrors. Many of today’s premium automobiles like BMW, Lexus and Mini have high-tech mirrors which can be finicky to fix and replace.
If you need a new side mirror or if you have any cracked or broken glass issues, call the Factory Authorized glass repair specialists at BD Autobody and Glass – and get the job done right – the first time.
3 Tips to Avoid Mirror Damage
- Be carefully while parking and pay attention to vehicles around you
- Park in safe, well lit areas
- Clean your mirrors gently
Call us today. We’ll come direct to your home or office with our expert mobile glass repair service.
How long can I drive with a windshield crack?
The best choice is to fix it right away. Even a small rock chip in your auto glass can start to grow as you keep on driving.
Worse, if debris, heavy rain or anything else hits a crack in your windshield, it could break wide open.
How severe is the crack in your windshield?
A minor chip is not a major risk. You could probably drive for hundreds of miles without a problem. However, a large crack like a spider web must be fixed right away.
Where is the crack in your windshield?
Cracks and chips on the driver’s side should be fixed right away. A hard bump, or other factors can make a small crack much worse very quickly – and could potentially obscure a driver’s view of the road.
Repairing a cracked windshield: Sooner is better.
The longer you put it off, the more it will cost you in the long run. Getting a small crack fixed will cost far less than a full windshield replacement down the road.
Call B&D Autobody and Glass at 604-255-6383 for more information on getting your glass repaired properly.
Factory certification matters!
Most body repair centres work at doing their best to restore your vehicle to its original condition. However, not all body shops are created equal.
Getting an auto manufacturer to recognize a body shop as “factory certified” is no easy feat and takes into account many factors. Consistent quality workmanship is at the top of the list, followed closely by customer service – to name just two.
B&D Autobody and Glass has been repairing vehicles for almost three decades and Premium Brand vehicle manufactures like BMW and Lexus took notice and designated us with their official factory authorized repair centre status. Now that’s a label we can live with.
Call B&D Autobody and Glass at 604-255-6383 for the professional grade craftsmanship both you and your vehicle deserve.