How do you tell if you should change your windshield wipers?

It’s raining out, the weather called for clear skies but instead its raining heavily, and visibility on the road is terrible. The only thing that is keeping the rain off your windshield are the windshield wipers, unfortunately the wiper blades are not doing a great job, leaving unsightly streaks of water across your windshield making road visibility just as worse as it was originally. What should you do?

It is important to periodically change your windshield wipers as part of your car maintenance routine. The rule of thumb is that windshield wipers should be changed every six months to one year of use. The reason for the replacement is due to the rubber and plastic material that the wiper blades consist of which deteriorates after taking much damage during the hot summer months, and the freezing winter conditions. Replacing the wiper blades is a fast and easy adjustment that can make driving in hazardous conditions safer.

Here are some signs that will indicate to you whether or not you need to change your windshield wipers.

  • While it is raining, your wipers are leaving large steaks of water across your windshield. This is due to the wipers not creating a complete seal with the windshield because of the rubber being damaged or warped.
  • A chattering or stuttering sound is being made as it travels across your windshield. This is due to the wipers breaking down and not creating a complete seal with the windshield.
  • The rubber of the windshield wiper peeling away from the wiper arm due to the rubber deteriorating over time. A slapping sound may occur when your turn on your wipers.

Replacing your windshield wipers is a critical maintenance step that should not be over looked. Replacing the wipers can take less than 15 minutes to install and is an important investment for driver vision and passenger safety.

Do you need full auto glass coverage?

Basic liability insurance for your car often times does not cover auto glass damage. This is a commonly held belief that many of our customers are surprised to learn isn’t true. Many of our customers also think that their collision insurance will cover auto glass damage. This is a misconception held by many of our customers as well. In many cases, not even those cracks and chips are covered by collision damage.

If you are looking for full auto glass coverage, your best bet is to get comprehensive coverage. However, not every insurance company labels their insurance packages the same way. If you are unsure of the state of your auto glass insurance, you should contact your insurance company directly.

The next question is: should you get full auto glass coverage? This depends on how much you drive, the conditions that you typically drive in, and also where you live. You should consider the costs of auto glass coverage versus the cost of auto glass repair or replacement. For example, if you do a lot of driving on gravel roads, you might be at a higher risk for auto glass damage.

 

Will I be able to see the damage after a windshield repair?

One frequently asked question we receive at AllStar Windshield Centers is if you are able to see any evidence of windshield damage after the repair is complete. Our windshield repair technicians use our Clarity® Windshield Repair Resin for every job. The goal of our repair resin is not only to create strong and long-lasting repairs, but also to provide the clearest view possible. The damage after a repair is virtually impossible to find. Yes, you can technically see the damage, but only if you’re looking for it.

Our goal with windshield repairs is to create a strong seal while also giving the driver the most optimal driving clarity. Our windshield repair resin matches the refractive index of your windshield, meaning that the windshield will be completely clear after the windshield repair. While it will technically be possible to see the place of repair, the result will be virtually indistinguishable from a new windshield.

For more information about windshield repairs at AllStar Windshield Centers, visit our windshield repair page, or contact us at 800-900-1505.