Taking Care of Your Auto Glass

Posted by admin on Saturday Nov 7, 2015 Under Auto Glass, Auto Glass Repair

While it’s just as important as any other type of routine automotive maintenance, auto glass maintenance is often overlooked by drivers. A cracked or damaged windshield may not prevent the vehicle from starting, but it can easily make for an unsafe drive. In many states it’s even illegal to have a broken windshield on the road, and a few even have mandatory yearly inspections which you won’t pass if your windshield is cracked or broken!

Cracks, nicks and chips in auto glass weaken the overall integrity of the
glass making it far more likely to shatter when exposed to outside pressure or extreme weather conditions. In cold or hot climates cracks will spread, and the natural stress put on the glass by driving can make a small problem get worse quickly. To prolong the life of your auto glass, avoid slamming your car doors, park in shady areas when possible, and clean your glass with a microfiber cloth.

A small chip can suddenly turn into a shattered window or other roadside nightmare, but auto glass repair and installation is easier and more affordable than it has ever been. There is no excuse for cracked or broken auto glass!

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5 Ways the Cold Weather Can Damage Your Car

Posted by admin on Thursday Oct 22, 2015 Under Car Tips

When winter hits, you know how to keep yourself safe and warm. You bundle up in layers of clothes, hats, gloves and scarves. But what can you do to protect your car?

Auto experts know that cold can do damage to vehicles over time, especially when temperatures dip below freezing.

Here are five of the most common ways cold can affect your vehicle.

Check your tire pressure

Check your tire pressure in cold weather!

1. Tire pressure
In cold weather, tire pressure tends to decrease at rest and increase when the car is moving. Be sure to inspect your tires if your tire pressure light comes on. Driving with too low or too much tire pressure can lead to uneven wear and a shortened lifespan for the tire. It can even cause a blowout on the road!

2. Thickening fluids
In the cold, your car’s fluids tend to thicken – making them move less freely. Starting the car 10-15 minutes early to warm up can help your fluids move better throughout your car while you drive. Always make sure your fluids are at the proper levels.

3. Salty issues
What do road crews use to melt that pesky snow and ice on the roads?

A salty road can spell trouble if you don't wash your car.

A salty road can spell trouble if you don’t wash your car.

Salt.

Salt can stick to your car and cause metal components to corrode if left there. The undercarriage, brakes and wheel wells are particularly vulnerable. Wash your car frequently to eliminate salt buildup.

4. Dead batteries
Did you know your car battery works harder to start your car in cold weather because its starting capacity is reduced? If your battery is three to four years old, it could be time for a replacement. Take it to an auto mechanic to get it checked before it starts to get too cold outside. Storing your vehicle in a garage in the winter isn’t a bad idea, either.

5. Leaking
With constant temperature changes, condensation turns to water and then to ice. Inside the power steering, brake and engine transmission systems, this can cause leaks when the ice can’t move through the lines. If a malfunction occurs, leaks can be hazardous. We recommend flushing your fluids before winter and warming your car before driving in cold weather.

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Insurance Tip: Drive Safely.

Posted by Joshua on Friday Jan 25, 2013 Under Insurance Tips

The most fundamental tip for saving money with auto insurance is to drive safely. It sounds simple, and in some ways it is, but there are many rewards for safe drivers. When buying a new policy, a driver’s past record is always considered. Driving safely and defensively give drivers an edge for driving safely. Avoiding accidents over the course of a lifetime can dramatically lower rates.

When considering how much to charge for a policy, insurance companies look into past driving records for a record of a driver’s general risk. Even accidents that are not the fault of the driver can count against this overall record. Mutual fault accidents can likewise count against a driver when they are getting a new policy. Doing everything a driver can to avoid an accident is the surest way to save over a lifetime of driving.

Basic defensive driving is important, both for car insurance and in overall risk avoidance. Leaving more than enough distance between vehicles prevents rear end collisions in both short and long stop situations. Careful monitoring of the road gives drivers ample warning if approaching and accident or other road hazard. Being patient and not aggressive can make lane changes and passing safer.

A good driving record can save drivers hundreds of dollars a year on an insurance policy. Over the lifetime of one vehicle, thousands of dollars can be saved by safe driving. Defensive driving is an easy way to ensure safe driving. Careful observation of the roads and traffic laws should help a driver avoid accidents, which will lead to better insurance rates in the long term.

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