Upcoming Windshield Changes Look to Change the Way You Drive

Since its invention in the early 1900s, the windshield has quietly gone through an evolution from a regular piece of glass to a shatterproof work of scientific art. Its changes have not been flashy or even detectable to the untrained eye. All that is set to change over the next several years, as inventors across the globe are work on developing new windshield technology, from heads-up displays for pertinent information to water-repellant glass.

Heads-up displays are not new technology, having been introduced on fighter jets in the height of World War II. Over the last five years, they have begun to be incorporated into automobiles to curb using the phone or looking away from the road, showing information like speed and fuel readings right on the windshield instead of the lower dashboard. Bluetooth capability is being incorporated to allow drivers to make hands-free calls and text messages via the HUD, and future capabilities expected to be included range from local points of interest to advertisements. This technology is expected to grow into the mainstream over the next several years and be worth over 1 billion dollars.

Another expected feature of HUD is windshield wiper control, unless one of the car companies working to make wipers obsolete achieve their goal. Fioravanti, McLaren and Mercedes-Benz are among the manufacturers looking to do without wipers in upcoming models of their cars. Fioravanti revealed the Hidra in 2008, which used a four-layer, self-cleaning glass treatment process to repel water and dirt. Hidra was followed by McLaren, who announced a concept utilizing military technology in 2014. While Hidra relied on a constant electric current to keep water off the car, McLaren’s vision involves a ultrasonic sound barrier used on low-flying military aircraft. While neither option is scheduled to hit the roads in the foreseeable future, they are sure to change the windshield care game.

While you still have your standard windshield, it is important to take care of it, addressing any cracks or defects before they get any bigger. When you look for the best windshield repair and replacement in the Chicago, Naperville, and Addison area, look no further than AllStar Windshield Centers. We have expert glass technicians and provide the convenience of coming to your so you can get around knowing your windshield will protect you. Call us at 800 900-1505 to request a quote or schedule your next appointment today!

The Importance of Repairing Minor Windshield Damage

AllStar Windshield Centers provides windshield repairs for chips and cracks that are smaller than a quarter and not in the direct line of sight for the driver. That is why it is so important to get your windshield repaired as soon as damage appears. We are able to repair these small chips or cracks with our high-grade Clarity® Resin. This clear liquid filler keeps the damage from spreading and solidifies the glass. However, if these cracks or chips spread and become too large, we will have to completely replace the glass.

It is essential to get your windshield repaired right away, even if it has only suffered minor damage. Minor windshield damage will spread over time, resulting in you needing to repair it as soon possible.

AllStar Windshield Centers performs high quality windshield repair and replacement services throughout the greater Chicago, IL area and beyond. Please contact us at 800-900-1505 to schedule an appointment.

What is the Difference between Laminated and Tempered Auto Glass?

Laminated glass and tempered glass are two of the most important and crucial types of glass for your automobile. But what is the difference between these two life-saving types of glass?

Laminated glass is made up of two plate glass sheets, which are stacked on top of each other, with an inner layer made of plastic called polyvinyl butryal, or PVB. When broken, laminated glass stays in one piece, so it is perfect for your windshield because it prevents shards of glass hitting the driver and passengers in accidents. This is why you see the spider web effect in broken windshields. This is because the glass breaks without actually shattering.

Tempered glass is used elsewhere on the car, including the back windshield and side window glass. Tempered glass is made by heating and cooling a sheet of glass in a tempering furnace. This process is referred to as “air quenching”, which makes the glass four to five times stronger than a standard sheet of glass. Tempered glass doesn’t have to be quite as strong as laminated glass because the windshield is key for the structural integrity of the car. Tempered glass will still, however, break into small shards that are not as painful as typical broken glass.

Don’t delay when it comes to windshield damage. Book an appointment with AllStar Windshield Centers today or call us at 800-900-1505.

Are You a Safe Driver? 5 Driving Misconceptions Busted

1. “Tailgating will make the vehicle in front of you to go faster.”

False. Not only it won’t make most of the cars go faster, many of them in fact would enter rage mode by consistently hitting the brakes to “educate” the tailgating car. It would also distract the tailgated car driver and lose focus on the road. If you are in a hurry, please do not tailgate, switch to another lane to pass the slow vehicle instead.

2. “Educate Others on How to Drive From Your Own Vehicle.”

Bad Idea! Many would be surprised on the amount of people that try to “educate” the offending car that they feel has wronged them. The “education” would be carried out by either slowing down in front of or blocking the way of the offender. This method would never get any results and instead, a foul mouth or road rage mode starts.

3. “Checking Text Without Responding is Okay.”

This act is considered distracted driving, which is one of the most common causes of accidents. In fact, text messaging makes a crash up to 23 times more likely. If you are travelling at a speed of 55 MPH and you take 5 seconds off the road, you’ve traveled the length of a football field. It would be hard to keep track of what’s ahead of you.

4. “Fatigue Would Not Happen If Well-Rested.”

Not true. It is certainly important to get the 8 hours of sleep required for an adult and get on the road after a good night sleep. However, sleep quality and consistency also contributes whether the sleep is a “good” sleep. In addition to that, a driver should get some rest after driving for a couple of hours since driver fatigue is believed to contribute to more than 30% of road crashes.

5. “Driving in High Heels is Safe”

A study conducted by Confused.com has revealed that 40% of women wear high heels and another 39% wear platform heels, wedges for safe driving. This move actually puts other drivers’ lives at risk.Good drivers placed their heel on the car floor and this makes their feet very easy to change direction and apply force between brake and pedal. With high heels, it is almost impossible to react very quickly in case of any life threatening situations occur. So, ladies, if you are in the driver seat next time, get a spare comfortable flat, rubber soled shoe to not only be safe but also be more comfortable on the road.

5 Tips for Keeping Your Headlights Crystal Clear

Over time, your car’s headlights will be exposed to a number of things like, dirt, grime, insects, and the elements. These things work together to tarnish the plastic headlight covers, and heavily reduce your visibility while driving. Keep yourself safe, and your headlights shining with these tips!

  1. When is the last time you changed your lightbulbs? Depending on the type of lightbulb your car uses, they usually need to be changed every year or so.
  2. Give your headlights a wash with soap and warm water. This will remove any surface dirt and grime, and give you a look at any deeper abrasion.
  3. If you notice your headlights are still hazy you can try some DIY restoring with toothpaste, an old rag, and some water. Rub the headlights in a small circular motion with the rag and toothpaste, then rinse with warm water. This will clear any minimal scuffing.
  4. Still hazy? It might be time to head to your local auto store to pick up some cleaning and polishing compounds. For really bad scuffing, there are kits available which come with a cleaning solution and various grit sandpaper.
  5. After getting your headlights bright and shiny again, keep them clean with a UV sealant. Apply the sealant a few times a year to keep your headlights protected.

AllStar Windshield Centers is Member of the AGSC

The Auto Glass Safety Council is a non-profit organization that educates and fosters safe auto glass repair and replacement standards. They have developed the AGRSS™ Standard, a system of standards for auto glass replacement.

AllStar Windshield Centers is a proud member of the AGSC and supports their mission in improving safe auto glass replacement standards. Our membership shows that we follow the highest safety standards for all auto glass replacements along with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard.

 

AllStar Windshield Centers delivers high-quality windshield repair and replacement services throughout the greater Chicago, IL area and beyond.

Auto Glass Repair Services in the Greater Chicago Area

We offer mobile windshield repair and replacement services from our two Chicago area auto glass shops. AllStar Windshield Centers has locations in Naperville and Addison, IL. Our mobile auto glass technicians provide on-location windshield repairs and replacements up to 50 miles away from each location.

Our AllStar Windshield Centers in Naperville is located on W. Ogden Ave, Rt. 34, in the northernmost part of the city. We are just south of Warrenville and Wheaton, IL. Our mobile repair technicians travel throughout the Chicagoland area.

Our Addison, IL Allstar Windshield Centers is located on Capital Drive, a few minutes off Route 20, to the southwestern area of town. Our mobile service technicians travel as far north as Waukegan, and as far south as Wilmington, IL.

AllStar Windshield Centers performs high quality windshield repair and replacement services throughout the greater Chicago, IL area and beyond.

The Development of Auto Glass

Modern windshields can be traced back to a fortunate accident made by French chemist Edouard Benedictus, in 1903. One day in his lab, the chemist dropped a flask filled with collodion. He observed that while the flask broke, it did not shatter. Benedictus would later realize he had discovered shatter proof glass. This would lay the groundwork for shatter-proof safety auto glass. Laminated glass would be used for windshields in the 1920s.

In the early 1900s, however, windshields weren’t being used in any automobiles. Windshields were luxury accessories that were typically considered an option for your car. Even though windshields at this time cost more for the driver, they were not very safe or helpful for drivers. They kept dirt and dust out of the driver’s eyes, but they would easily shatter if damaged. This would cause more harm than good if driver and passenger were covered in glass after contact with a projectile.

Over time, auto manufacturers began to realize the necessity for stronger windshields and other forms of auto glass, like side windows and back windshields. Henry Ford began producing his own auto glass at his factories, and eventually utilized laminated auto glass for his windshields. While the laminated windshield solved the problem of glass shattering in the driver’s face, it still was not strong enough to protect against heavy projectiles or offer protection in collisions. Manufacturers invested in the development of safety glass and innovations like using a thin layer of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) between sheets of glass helped strengthen windshields.

Around this time, auto manufacturers also began using tempered glass for side windows and back windshields. Tempered glass helped strengthen the overall structural integrity of the automobile.

Eventually, the NHTSA would make windshields and auto glass a legal requirement for all automobiles. They would also define the standards for windshield mounting, transparency, and strength.

The Risks of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents in the United States. Distracted driving includes the texting and driving and using your phone for other purposes while driving, along with other activities such as attending to a child or eating. While texting and driving is a serious issue in itself, “distracted driving” also recognizes that many accidents are caused by cell phone usage that is not necessarily texting, such as the use of social media and other apps.

The risks and dangers of distracted driving are severe. The NHTSA estimates that distracted driving results in 3,000 fatalities every year. In 2012, one in every 10 accident was caused by distraction. Researchers have found that just talking on a cell phone while driving quadruples the chance of getting into a motor accident. Checking your cell phone for five seconds while driving (about the time it takes to read a text message) would result in traveling 300 feet without looking at the road, if driving at highway speeds. Teenage drivers are the biggest offenders, with 11 percent of teens in accidents admitting they were driving distracted. However, people of all ages have been found to participate in distracted driving.

The dangers of distracted driving should not be underestimated. They are a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents in the U.S., yet many drivers do not take the risks seriously. Lead by example while behind the wheel and keep your cellphone put away at all times while driving.

Tips for Cleaning Your Auto Glass

Cleaning auto glass can easily be done the wrong way. Most drivers would clean their glass, windows, and mirrors with nothing more than some sort of Windex solution and a roll of paper towels. Many times using these tools will often lead to unsightly streaks across your window or small fibers left behind from the paper towel and many Windex type solutions will contain ammonia, which can dry out plastics and rubbers.

Here are ten cleaning tips that will leave your windows streak free and your mirrors as clean as possible.

  • Mirrors and Windows Last: Cleaning your windows last will ensure that you are also wiping off any other cleaning product left behind from cleaning other parts of your car.
  • Glass Temperature: Never clean glass or windows that are hot to the touch. Move the car into a shaded location or in the garage to avoid making contact with the hot surface. The heat can also dry out the cleaning solution too quickly.
  • Start with The Windshield: Start by cleaning the windshield and rear windshield. This is due to the difficult angles that are hard to reach and are most important in terms of visibility.
  • Different Cleaning Strokes: Use different cleaning strokes for the interior and exterior of the windows. For example, use vertical strokes on the interior of the glass and horizontal strokes on the exterior side. This technique will make it easier for you to inspect the windows for streaks, the different cleaning patterns can make it easier to tell where the streak is on the window.
  • Use Newspapers: Instead of using paper towels to clean the windshield, use newspapers for a more eco-friendly approach. Use one sheet of newspaper for each side windshield and two sheets of newspaper for the front and rear windshield, and buff each windshield with a clean sheet of newspaper to ensure a streak-free finish.
  • Roll down The Window: Roll down your windows to clean the top portion of the window that is usually not exposed by the door.
  • Diluting Your Glass Cleaner: If you choose to dilute your glass cleaner, always use distilled water. Distilled water does not contain any minerals or chemicals, unlike tap water. These leftover minerals will often collect on top of the glass.
  • Using One Towel: Only use the same towel every time the windows are being cleaned. Using a different towel might will risk staining the windows with grime or grease from cleaning other parts of the car.
  • Clean Wiper Blades: Periodically clean the wiper blades of any build up.
  • Target Small Areas: When cleaning the front or rear windows, start by focusing on smaller areas instead of the whole window all at once. This will ensure that you are not transferring any dirt from one side to the other.