How to Get Better Gas Mileage Out of Your Car

With gas prices continuously increasing, drivers everywhere are looking for ways to limit gas consumption, whether that’s carpooling, taking public transportation, or trying to get all tasks completed in one day. If you, too, are trying to limit gas consumption, these tips will help you get better gas mileage out of your car.

  • When coming to a stop, reduce your speed gradually instead of slamming on the breaks
  • Utilize cruise control when you’re driving on a highway that isn’t congested to help avoid speeding up and slowing down
  • If you’re not on the highway, try to stay under 45 MPH to reduce fuel consumption
  • Always have a buffer of at least one cars length between you and the car in front of you to allow enough space to slow down gradually at stoplights and stop signs
  • Keep your tires inflated at the correct pressure to ensure good contact with the ground
  • Replace your spark plugs, oxygen sensor, and airflow sensor
  • Remove your roof rack and bike rack when they’re not in use to improve the aerodynamics of your car
  • Avoid prolonged idling by turning off your engine when going into stores, waiting to pick the kids up from school, or sitting in the drievway

Can Rock Chips Be Completely Removed from My Windshield?

A small rock hitting the windshield of your car can either cause your windshield to chip or crack. If you experience a small chip in your windshield, it’s crucial to get the chip fixed sooner rather than later in order to avoid having to replace your entire windshield.

Our Procedure

When you bring your vehicle in to have the damaged windshield inspected, we will be looking to make sure that there are no more than three chips that all run less than six inches. If your chips fall within these numbers, we will be able to repair the individual chips. If you have any chips that are in the line of sight, on the edges of your windshield, or in front of a camera/sensor, you will most likely have to have your windshield fully replaced.

Repair Process

Once we have determined that your windshield can in fact be repaired, we will make sure there is no dirt, water, or debris sitting in the chip that would cause issues with the repair process. Once completed, we will seal the chip with a resin material before drying it with UV light to ensure it dries clear and blends into the windshield. Once the resin is dry, our team will be polished to look brand new.

Are you experiencing a chip in your windshield? Contact our team today at (800) 900-1505 to schedule your appointment.

What Are the Lines on My Rear Windshield For?

You’ve most likely noticed the lines on the rear windshield of a vehicle, even if you’ve never driven before, and have wondered what they’re for. Sure, they’re great for helping you back up along curbs and parallel park, but what’s their real job?

How is a Rear Windshield Made?

Contrary to popular belief, the rear windshield of a car is actually made from tempered glass, which is the same as your side windows. Strengthened by a thermal and/or chemical treatment, it can withstand blunt force. If for some reason it does break, it will break into tiny chunks instead of large shards, making it safer for those inside and outside of the vehicle.

What are the Lines for?

The lines on your back windshield are more beneficial than just a way to parallel park! They’re actually on their to help defrost your rear windshield. Small electrical currents run along the lines to keep your windshield clear and clean to make driving easier.

Because of these lines, replacing your rear windshield is a little different than replacing your front windshield. Luckily for you, our team at AllStar Windshield Centers can help. Contact us today at 1-800-900-1505 to schedule your rear windshield replacement.

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How to Clean Your Car Windows for a Streak-Free View

Cleaning your vehicles windows is a simple task, but achieving a streak-free view is easier said than done. The inside of auto glass tends to get a film built up on it over time from the gassing of carpet, upholstery, and dashboard and door panel plastic and can be difficult to remove. Although they are not harmful, they become difficult to clean off due to their interaction with UV rays and exposure to heat. The outside of your auto glass can also be difficult to clean, especially when it is subjected to road grime, sap and pollen, and other dirt and debris.

Get your car windows clean with a streak-free view with these tips!

What You’ll Need

  • Microfiber towels
  • Water repellent
  • Glass cleaner

Steps

  1. Always start the window cleaning process by first washing your car and leaving your windows for last.
  2. Clean the exterior of your auto glass with your glass cleaner, wiping down in a vertical motion. Once finished, wipe your windows horizontally with a microfiber towel. Continue to repeat this step until your window is clean.
  3. Use your microfiber towel and rub the top edge of the window that meets the door frame. You might need to apply pressure to remove any extra gunk.
  4. Once you have finished cleaning the exterior of your windows, repeat these steps to clean the interior of your windows.
  5. Once your windows are clean, apply a coat of water repellent.

 

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Mom-Friendly Vehicle Features

Every day, moms are working hard driving their kids to school, carpooling to sport practices, and everything in between. Thanks to new, multi functional features in newer model cars, many vehicles have a handful of mom-friendly features that make life easier.

Entertainment System

In-car entertainment systems are a great way to keep kids entertained, especially when you’ll be in the car for a longer duration. If possible, opt for a split-screen system to avoid any arguing over what to watch.

Hands-Free Lift Gate

Whether your hands are full or the kids are trying to throw things in the trunk, having a hands-free lift gate will not only make it easier to put your groceries away but will also avoid any injuries from the trunk closing on little fingers. Many newer cars now have a sensor under the back of the vehicle, making it as easy as moving your foot under the bumper to get your trunk to open.

In-Floor Storage

Carriages, sports equipment, and all of the fun items that come along with having kids take up a lot of space in your car. Having in-floor storage in your vehicle (typically in newer model minivans), you’re able to store away the things you need to keep in your car but don’t use as frequently in order to save the easily accessible spaces for those items that you need to get to regularly.

Things you can store in your in-floor storage: diaper bags, toys, muddy shoes, and extra snacks!

Built-In Cooler

Whether you’re heading on a road trip or soccer game, having a built-in cooler in your vehicle will be an absolute game changer! Keep juice and water cold at all times and never worry about hearing a complaint about sandwiches being floppy and gross. Stopping at a convenience store or snack bar can get expensive and your built-in cooler will help cut those costs!

In-Car Vacuum

Kids are messy and being able to easily clean up crumbs, dirt, and mud out of your car means less worrying about finding time to stop to vacuum your car at the local car wash. Cleaning up after your kids has never been easier!

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How Rear Windshield Replacement Differs

Many vehicle owners will never experience a damaged rear windshield but if you do, it’s important to keep in mind the differences compared to a front windshield replacement.

The main cause of most windshield damage we see at AllStar Windshield Centers? Car accidents. If your rear windshield has been shattered or damaged due to a collision, the first step is to have it replaced. One thing you’ll notice is that the price differs from a front windshield replacement. Here’s why.

Rear Windshields Are Made Differently

Your front windshield is actually made of a laminated glass, made up of two to three layers of glass to help avoid shattering in a collision, but your rear windshield is made of tempered glass. The reason for making a rear windshield from tempered glass is so that it shatters when it’s damaged enough, but instead of shattering into shards, it shatters into tiny pebbles to reduce injuries. Since there is a different process for making these two types of glass there is a price difference.

Rear Windshields Have a Defrost Grid

Have you always wondered what the lines in your rear windshield are for? These lines are actually a defrost grid to help melt snow and ice on your rear windshield. Because of this defrost grid taking more time and money to install, your rear windshield replacement cost is going to slightly differ from your front windshield replacement.

Understanding these differences will help avoid the shock of learning how much replacing your rear windshield will be. To schedule your appointment with AllStar Windshield Centers, contact us today at 800-900-1505, or by filling out our online contact form.

cracked windshield

What Should I Do About My Cracked Windshield?

You’re casually driving to work and all of a sudden a rock kicks up from the vehicle in front of you, hitting your windshield and causing it to crack. What do you do next? Do you ignore the crack? With changes in temperature, the crack will grow larger and once you mix in dirt and moisture, the crack in your windshield is going to spread further. Once they they interfere with your field of vision when driving, a cracked windshield can become extremely dangerous.

Dangers of Having a Cracked Windshield

  • Greater risk of rollover injury. Your windshield helps hold up your roof and in the case of a rollover, the roof of your car is more likely to collapse.
  • Greater risk of front-end collision danger. If you have a cracked windshield and are in a front-end collision, the windshield glass is more likely to shatter and fly around inside of the car, causing injury.
  • Ineffective windshield deployment. The windshield in a car helps push the deployed airbag towards the occupants of the vehicle and with a cracked windshield, this force is minimal, causing the windshield to ineffectively deploy.

Should I Repair or Replace the Windshield?

Chips and small cracks can often be repaired but without proper repair of any small nicks, scratches, and cracks, you ultimately might need to replace your entire windshield. Large cracks are also a safety concern so repairing your windshield as soon as possible is ideal.

 

To schedule you auto glass repair or replacement, contact our team at AllStar Windshield Centers today at (800) 900-1505.

The Importance of Advanced Drivers Assistance Systems (ADAS)

Advanced Drivers Assistance System are safety technology installed in your vehicle that work together to help reduce auto collisions and injuries.

How Do Advanced Drivers Assistance Systems Affect the Windshield?

With ADAS, front-facing cameras are typically installed on the upper, inner surface of the windshield or attached to the headliner and they must be recalibrated after a windshield replacement.  If these cameras are not calibrated properly after a windshield repair or replacement the ADAS will not work properly and will give inaccurate information to the driver.

What is ADAS Recalibraton?

After the windshield has been replaced, the ADAS cameras are reinstalled in/on the vehicle and in order for them to work properly, they need to be recalibrated.

  • Static Recalibration – A target image is mounted in front of the vehicle to assist with the recalibration process and takes roughly 45-minutes
  • Dynamic Recalibration – The vehicle is driven on a road at a specific speed to recalibrate the systems and typically takes 30-minutes to one hour.

Depending on the make and model of your vehicle, both types of recalibration might be necessary.

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Windshield in Tip Top Shape

Windshields keep drivers safe and protected from the elements, but unless your windshield malfunctions, many drivers don’t give their windshield a second thought. To keep them in working order, it’s important to give them proper maintenance. To help reduce incidents with your windshield in the future, consider these tips.

1. Avoid Slamming Your Car Doors

When you slam your car doors, your car will experience severe vibrations and over time this can cause the sides of your windshield to come off their tracks. If you have any small cracks or chips in your windshield, slamming your car doors will cause them to spread.

2. Avoid Parking in Direct Sun

Strong UV Rays can negatively impact the integrity of your windshield because of the temperature difference of the inside and outside of your vehicle. When possible, park in the shade or in a parking garage to further protect your windshield.

3. Get Any Chips Fixed Quickly

Small chips in your windshield are inevitable and next time you experience one, have it repaired quickly to avoid any additional issues! The resin that is used to repair it will prevent the chip from spreading further.

4. Clean & Replace Your Windshield Wipers

Windshield wipers don’t last forever and keeping them repaired and replacing them when necessary will help avoid windshield issues. Notice small scraps from your windshield wipers? This is a sign that they need to be replaced or need to be cleaned!

5. Only Use Window Cleaner to Clean Your Windshield

There are a lot of chemicals in cleaners other than car window cleaner that can damage the tint and integrity of your car’s glass. When you are cleaning your windshield, always use a microfiber towel to avoid scratching the glass.

Spring Driving Tips

As spring rolls around, we begin to leave our winter hibernation and get out of the house more often. In the spring and summer, there are more drivers on the road than at any other time. While every season has its own unique challenges for the driver, spring typically gives drivers trouble in the form of potholes, rain, and fog. Watch out for the following while driving this spring:

  • Rain: This is the rainy season. This means that roads will often be slick and slippery. As we know, that means slower stop times for automobiles.
  • Potholes: Winter does a number on the health of our roads. Expect to encounter serious disrepair in the spring months as towns and cities work to fix potholes. Keep an eye out for potholes and cars that may be swerving ahead of you (they’re probably avoiding a pothole!).
  • Busy Roads: Not only are there more automobiles on the road, but there are also more joggers, walkers, and cyclists on the road that are enjoying the nicer weather. While the snow might be giving you some more space on the road, you are going to have to share it!
  • Fog: The spring is not only rainy, it is also commonly foggy. Vision is limited for you and other drivers in foggy conditions. Use caution!

If you experience damage to your windshield or auto glass, call AllStar Windshield Centers today to get it repaired before it causes other issues!