How to Avoid a Vehicle Break-In

If your vehicle has ever been broken into, you know the pit falling feeling in your stomach when you notice your car windows have been smashed in. Your belongings are strewn about the car, and most likely something of value has been stolen. While having to replace your windshield is usually an inconvenience but not too much money out of your pocket, having to replace smashed in window glass can be a different story. Take a look at some of these tips to avoid having to ever deal with an automobile break in.

1.) Choose Parking Wisely

Always choose a well-lit, public spot to park your car whenever you can. While it can be tempting to want to park your car away from others, it also means leaving your car in an area that isn’t as traveled or well-lit. This can present potential problems because thieves won’t be dissuaded from breaking in if they can remain relatively hidden while they sneak away with your things. So, whenever possible, choose a spot where people walking by would be able to notice nefarious behavior.

2.) Keep Valuables Out of Sight

This might seem obvious, but you would be surprised how many people leave their GPS’, backpacks, expensive sunglasses, and other valuable items in plain sight within their vehicles. While it is likely you have valuables in your car (who doesn’t?), it is in your best interest to keep them hidden. Have places where you store these items that aren’t your front seat. Keeping items of note out of sight will never 100% prevent a break in, but it will certainly make your car a less likely candidate over someone who leaves their possessions out in the open.

3.) Alarms are Your Friend

There is nothing that draws a person’s attention quite like a car alarm. If your alarm currently doesn’t work, you should certainly get it checked out soon. Not only do alarms deter thieves from sticking around to finish stealing your things, but it also alerts others in the area to the general location of said theft. Every time the alarm sounds is another chance for someone to notice that a robbery is taking place.

If you put these three tips into practice, you’ll stand a good chance of not having to deal with the aftermath of a vehicle break in. The most important tip to remember here is keeping valuables out of sight! However, if the worst should happen, look no further than AllStar Windshield for auto glass replacement and repair. We’ll be here to clean up the pieces. Call us at 800-900-1505, or fill out our online contact form.

After You Replace Your Windshield, Recycle It!

It might not be something you think about, or even consider, but windshields can be recycled. Not only that, but the process is fairly simple too. If you’re getting a windshield replacement, ask the company performing the job if they have a recycling program. If they do, recycling the glass is as simple as handing it off to the company. If they don’t, you will have to ask for the glass after your new windshield is installed. In order to make it uncomplicated to travel with, see if your auto glass company can make it easier for you to transport the windshield. After that, you have two options. You can either take it to the recycling center of a nearby landfill, or you can utilize your local recycling bin.

Since windshields are comprised of two layers of glass, it is important to utilize recycling services so the glass doesn’t completely go to waste. Surprisingly enough, there are many uses for recycled auto glass! Fiberglass manufacturing companies utilize recycled glass from windshields very frequently. Other uses for recycled auto glass include using it to make ornate flooring, countertops, shower doors, greenhouses, and even reflective yellow paint for roadways. Auto glass companies have begun forming their own recycling programs to take advantage of the benefits of recycled auto glass. After all, the glass can be used to make more windshields!

Since glass has a variety of uses and functions, it is important for drivers to do their part and partake in recycling. Just because your old windshield was damaged does not mean it no longer has a purpose. Even if your auto glass provider doesn’t mention a recycling program, you should still ask. It is better to have your old glass utilized for some other purpose rather than have it thrown into a landfill. Recycling auto glass was incredibly difficult 20 years ago, so do your best to partake. Who knows, the next time you replace your counters they may contain bits of your old windshield!

Safety Tips on Sharing the Road for Bike Riders and Car Drivers

We have all been in a situation, regardless of being in a car or on a bike, where we felt as though there was not enough room on the road. This can lead to frustration for all parties involved, but, fortunately, there are a few ways we can go about making the road a more hospitable place for all commuters. Particularly now, when bicycling has become a major mode of transportation for urban dwellers. From 2000 to 2009, the number of bike commuters grew 70% across the entire country, and that percentage was even higher in more heavily settled areas. This comes as no surprise, as riding a bike has numerous benefits for both your health and the environment. Take a look at our tips for keeping things copacetic on the road, because you might think you’re a good driver, but you could be wrong.

Safety Tips for Bikers

  • Safety gear is a must! Okay this might be an obvious one, but many bike riders seem to forget about utilizing the correct equipment to protect themselves. At the very least, you should be wearing a helmet when you hit the road. Taillights and headlights are also recommended for cycling around sunrise, sunset, and at night. In addition to having lights on your bike, it is recommended one utilize reflective clothing when biking during times of low visibility, especially at night.
  • Obey the rules of the road. It might seem effortless to glide along the streets of a sprawling metropolis, but this does not mean the general rules of the road do not apply to bike riders. While on your bike, always stop at both red lights and stop signs, and be sure to adhere to all traffic signs. Also, a bike is considered a road vehicle just like a car is, so it is smartest to travel along the same traffic patterns as the other vehicles on the road.
  • Stay to the right! While some roadways can truly make this difficult, it is a best practice to stay on the right side of the street you are traveling on. Some streets have designated bike lanes, which makes this tip much easier to follow. However, if there is no bike lane, it is good to leave enough space for cars to pass you while sticking to the right side of the road. Be sure to leave enough space between you and any parked cars on the road too, just in case someone suddenly exits their vehicle.

Safety Tips for Drivers

  • Be Mindful of the road! This is an easy one, and a tip that applies to a variety of scenarios when operating a motor vehicle. Keep your eyes on the road, and away from your cellphone or other distractions.
  • Treat bike riders the same as cars. Even though bicyclists are not protected by the metal frame of a vehicle, it does not mean they have less of a stake on the roadway. To repeat an earlier point, bicycles are considered road vehicles just like a car, so give them appropriate space and proper right of way.
  • The 3-foot rule. Numerous states have laws in effect stating 3 feet is the minimum distance for passing bicyclists legally and safely. Keep this in mind on tight roadways. If you happen to be on a road free of nearby traffic, you can always give bicyclists more room!

Regardless of if you utilize a car or a bicycle, it is  important to respect other drivers on the road. While operating a motor vehicle, it can be easy to disregard the needs of other drivers, especially those on bicycles. Keep these tips in mind the next time you hit the street, and be sure to always consider the safety of others while traveling the road.

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.