Top 4 Driving Tips

It is important to practice caution on the road. Here are the top 4 driving tips for every season and driving situation:

  • Drive Defensively
    • Always keep a 2 second reaction time distance between you and the car in front of you. And make that a 4 second cushion in slippery or low visibility weather.
    • Be aware of what other drivers around you are doing at all times.
  • Drive Distraction Free
    • All of your attention should be on the road. Avoid distracted driving, such as texting while driving or using your phone for any other reason while driving. Distracted driving is a leading cause
  • Drive Alert
    • Make sure you are well rested and have eaten a meal before taking a long drive.
    • Take breaks from driving if you feel groggy or unfocused.
  • Drive Safely
    • Do not drink under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
    • Keep your necessary items within reach.
    • Don’t take your eyes off the road.

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The Risks of Texting and Driving

Texting and driving, which can also be referred to as “distracted driving”, is one of the most dangerous activities you can do on the road. But unfortunately, many drivers do it! According to the Washington Post, 49% of adult drivers admit to texting and driving, with similar numbers found among teen drivers. And texting and driving isn’t the extent of the issue; distracted driving includes eating, using your phone for other uses, and attending to your children. All forms of distracted driving are dangerous, and are leading causes of motor accidents.

341,000 crashes in the U.S. in 2013 involved texting and driving. In 2012, the NHTSA reported that 18% of all fatal crashes in the U.S. were caused by texting while driving. On average, drivers take five seconds to send a text message. Five seconds of travel at highway speed will cause you to travel 300 feet.

One of the best things for adult drivers to do is to lead by example. Teens and children are highly impressionable and in many cases will follow the lead of adults. Put the phone away when you take the wheel to set a good example for younger people. Also, if you have teenage children, advise them on the risks of texting and driving.

 

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The effect of summer heat on your windshield

Damages to your car windshield can occur at any time of the year. In particular, the summer months can pose a serious threat to your windshield. The main reason for this is due to the constant fluctuation in temperature, whether it’s from the cool summer nights to the blistering summer days, or even the contrasting temperature created by the cool air from the air conditioning unit and the heat from the outside.

Here is a few points of interest that drivers should pay attention to if they want keep up the quality of the windshield and avoid any serious damage.

  • Take care of any existing cracks: The hot temperatures can cause the windshield less stable, which puts more pressure on any existing cracks or chips in the windshield. Be sure to repair any cracks in the windshield before they expand, becoming an even bigger problem.
  • Glass Expanding: Cracking or Chipping of the windshield happens more often in the summer months than any other time of the year. This is because of how the windshield expands in the heat, making the structure of the windshield more fragile within the frame. Avoid slamming the doors when entering or exiting the car, slamming of the doors will put added pressure on to the windshield causing additional cracks.
  • Running the AC on High: Running your air conditioning on high will create a temperature difference between the temperature of the interior and exterior of the windshield, this will have a negative impact on the integrity of the windshield. It is recommended that the driver should gradually increase the setting of the air conditioner instead of turning it on high immediately.

Accidents and damages to your car do happen, but there are steps that can be taken to avoid any future problems to your windshield. Taking these precautionary measures can help your windshield last longer. Contact one of our shops for more information about protect your auto glass. We have shops in Charlotte, Greensboro, and Hickory, NC.

Spring Driving Tips

Each season brings their own unique challenges to driving. In the springtime, worn out roads and heavy rains cause difficulties for the driver. Keep your eyes peeled and follow these tips to stay safe on the road this spring:

  • Be aware that more people will be on the road. Nicer weather brings out motorcyclists, skateboarders, cyclists, and other recreational vehicles. Also, more people travel in nice weather, so there are more drivers in general on the road.
  • Spring rains make for slick driving conditions. Wet pavement causes decreased handling abilities and increased slowdown time. Prepare to stop earlier than normal when driving in these conditions.
  • Avoid driving into large puddles. Puddles can cause you to hydroplane and lose control of the automobile. Driving into a very deep puddle can also cause the engine to seize as water can get sucked into the engine.
  • Keep an eye out for wild life emerging from hibernation. Many animals are found traveling across streets during this time of the year. Heed the warning if you see any warning signs about animal crossings.
  • The spring season brings misty and foggy conditions. Drive slowly in these conditions because your vision is limited.

As we enjoy the warmer weather around this time of the year, stay aware of the unique driving conditions found in the spring season.

 

Carolina Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop. For more information about our windshield replacement services, contact our Charlotte, NC auto glass shop at 800-900-1505.