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.

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.

 

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!).
  • Busier 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!

Other Vehicles Serviced by AllStar Windshield Centers

AllStar Windshield Centers services more than just automobiles. The windshield is an important safety feature for more than just autos. Also, auto glass is important for the security of larger vehicles like mobile homes and buses. We provide windshield repairs and replacements to tractor trailers, buses, and mobile homes.

Mobile homes are often used for long trips. This makes it more likely that they will suffer some auto glass damage over time. Our windshield repair and replacement specialists are trained to repair this type of auto glass so that the mobile home is returned to its original structural integrity.

Tractor trailers use high quality windshields, but they are also on the road more than almost any other vehicle. This makes it almost inevitable that they will suffer windshield damage at some point in their lifespan. We provide auto glass replacements and repairs for tractor trailers, as they wear out significantly over time.

We also provide windshield and auto glass repairs and replacements for buses. Buses take frequent auto glass damage because they are on the road so often and have many sections of glass that can get damaged.

Contact AllStar Windshield Centers today at (800) 900-1505 to find out if we can service your specialty vehicle.

 

Why you Should Repair Minor Windshield Damage

Repairing minor windshield damage is highly recommended by everyone here at AllStar Windshield Centers. It can be dangerous to put off repairing minor windshield damage for several reasons. Minor windshield damage can quickly become a serious problem if it is ignored. The weather, stress from temperature changes, and general wear and tear can increase the severity of the damage to the point where windshield repairs are not possible.

For minor windshield damage, we can do a windshield repair, which is both faster and more affordable than a windshield replacement. If the windshield crack is shorter than the length of a dollar bill, we consider this to fall under the category of minor windshield damage. Also, if it is circular damage, anything smaller than the size of a quarter around is also considered minor windshield damage. Minor windshield damage falling under these scenarios also must not be in the vision of the driver. Any damage directly in front of the driver cannot be repaired; in this scenario a full replacement is necessary.

If a windshield repair is possible, you shouldn’t wait until the damage spreads. Many insurance companies completely cover the cost of windshield repairs, while windshield replacements will often require an additional payment from the individual.

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