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.
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.
Part of safe driving is knowing what you need to clean the inside of your windshield and how to do it effectively, so you won’t have to drive around with a streaky, hazy film that can affect your ability to see the road –especially at night and in direct sunlight.
Follow these steps to effectively clean the inside of your windshield:
1) Make your own cleaning solution using one cup of white vinegar and one cup of water. You can adjust the amounts as needed as long as you use equal amounts of both.
2) Pour the solution into a spray bottle and shake well.
3) Spray liberally and wipe down the glass with a clean, dry microfiber cloth.
As the cloth gets damp and dirty, flip it over to ensure optimal results. Follow up by wiping dry with a paper towel.Your homemade cleaning solution won’t leave streaks and the vinegar odor will dissipate in moments.
Presto! Crystal clear glass for just pennies –and a little bit of elbow grease.
For the most part, those of us living in Southwestern British Columbia enjoy relatively moderate winters.
However there are times when temperatures can dip into the minuses and sometimes this can catch us off guard when it comes to the care and attention we pay to the glass we take for granted in our vehicles.
You might not notice the tiny chips that mar your windshield surface –until external temperatures drop below zero and a barely visible chip suddenly develops into a crack. You can aggravate the situation by defrosting your windshield too rapidly or by pouring hot water on it.
The problem is caused by the metal frame of the car expanding and contracting (due to temperature extremes) at a different rate than the windshield glass. This causes additional stress on the glass in cold weather, particularly at the pointed ends of a crack, resulting in serous risk of further separation.
Have existing chips fixed before winter. Do not turn the car’s windshield defogger to maximum heat as soon as you come out of your garage; rather, warm it gradually to minimize temperature differences on freezing days.
To remove windshield ice and snow, you must have a mind for safety. The added stress on your windshield from freezing temperatures can lead to disaster if you are not careful.
Before you get into your car, check to make sure no ice or snow is blocking your tailpipe. A blocked tailpipe could cause a build-up of deadly carbon monoxide in your car. Even if you think it won’t take long, take the time to check the tailpipe and prevent the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning in your vehicle.
- Cold glass is under stress; applying heat too quickly causes more stress. Start your car and set the defrost and the fan to “low” to prevent the windshield from heating up too quickly.
- Allow at least 5 minutes for the windshield to slowly heat up.
- Use a plastic ice scraper and a soft brush to clear the ice and snow off of your windshield. If you allow plenty of time for your windshield to warm up, a scraper and brush should be sufficient.
- Use a left-to-right sweeping motion to remove melted ice snow.
- Make sure you use the edge of the scraper which is designed to remove ice and snow from glass surfaces. Use of other edges of the scraper could scratch or crack the windshield.
- Be careful if you find you need to chip ice from the windshield. Excessive force can damage the windshield’s integrity and cause cracks or breaks.
Driving with a damaged or smudged side view mirror is dangerous — and today’s high tech power mirrors can be expensive to repair. Once again, an ounce of prevention can definitely be worth a pound of cure.
Here are some basic pointers from B&D Autobody and Glass on how you can avoid auto side view mirror damage.
Auto mirror damage tip #1: Pay attention when driving
Typical causes of damage:
- Pulling out of a parking space or a garage in reverse
- Failing to tuck in your mirrors when going through a car wash
- Pulling in to a tight space too quickly and misjudging the distance
Auto mirror damage tip #2: Park in safe areas
Typical causes of damage:
- Vandals typically target side mirrors, as they are easy to break
- Other drivers may wing your mirrors as they parallel park near your car
Auto mirror damage tip #3: Clean with care
Typical causes of damage:
- Using abrasive cleaners that leave streaks or smudges on your mirrors
- Using brushes or other tools that scratch your mirrors
- Applying too much pressure and damaging the glass
Auto mirror damage tip #4: Protect and respect power mirrors
Typical causes of damage:
- Unnecessary use of power mirror controls (kids/pets playing with controls)
- Electrical short over many years of vehicle ownership
- Physical damage to power mirror control buttons
B&D Autobody and Glass can repair or replace your side view mirrors properly! Contact our auto mirror damage experts at 604-255-6383 for an estimate or to set up a service date.
Window damage repair might seem simple enough. However, it’s not quite the same as changing your own oil.
In fact, B&D Autobody and Glass have window repair experts that have seen some drivers turn a small problem into a big problem.
Read on to find out why experience is so important for auto glass services.
What sort of window damage repair mistakes are common?
Some drivers try to use at-home kits to fix a rock chip. If you’re not familiar with the materials and the process, you can actually create more damage.
Web video guides make windshield repair seem simple enough. Just like any online video or tutorial, you have to consider the source. A professional who is trained to do repairs makes it look easy on camera, because they have a steady hand and have done hundreds of repairs. This doesn’t guarantee you’ll get it right when you try it for the first time in your own garage.
Often drivers will choose to just keep driving, waiting until it’s so bad that the glass must be replaced. This is not only a more expensive decision, but an unsafe one. Drivers and passengers could be cut by broken glass if your windshield finally caves inward after months of driving — despite serious windshield damage.
How can drivers avoid common window damage repair mistakes?
The best choice is to visit a professional auto glass service centre right away. Once you see a windshield crack, a chipped window or other auto glass damage, let the pros go to work. Remember, if you try the DIY method, you might invalidate your warranty or insurance policy.
The ICBC Certified glass repair experts at B&D Autobody and Glass have answers to all your questions. Call them today at 604-255-6383.