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.

Carolina Windshield Centers has locations across North Carolina. Please contact us for more information about our windshield replacement services!

Helpful Tips to Buying a Car on Craigslist

Craigslist is a massively popular website for advertising. Millions of people use Craigslist for selling and buying products, services, apartments, and job hunting. Craigslist has recently become very popular for auto sales. However, with the occasional horror story related to Craigslist sales, many people have avoided Craigslist. Using common sense and a few tips, Craigslist can be a great way to buy a used car at an affordable price.

  1. Utilize both search options; the private seller and dealer options. The dealer options will provide you with a more legitimate buying option. The dealer option will also provide you with a certified and warrantied vehicle. This option may be the smartest choice if you aren’t looking to sift through thousands of cars that people are selling from their backyards. If you are looking for a car at a slightly more affordable rate, the seller option may be perfect for you. You will have many choices!
  2. Read the ad closely. Look for typos, or all caps, and grainy pictures. These can be indicators of a faulty car and a seller who isn’t looking to disclose much.
  3. Call the seller first. Try to judge the person’s character, and ask as many questions that you can about the car itself. Ask for more photos of the car, including any photos of problem areas that the ad might have mentioned.
  4. Meet in a public space. Many police stations now allow people to make Craigslist exchanges in their parking lot. This is a perfect place to use for safety. If you don’t have a convenient police station to use, an area with a lot of foot traffic is also safe.
  5. Have the car inspected. If it’s just you, take the car for a drive and test out the essentials. If you are buying for a family, or would like to be a little more cautious, have the car inspected by a reputable mechanic. A seller with nothing to hide will agree!
  6. Try to negotiate the price, and make sure that the title is clean.
  7. Head to your bank to sign papers! The bank will provide a secure and official space for the sale to become finalized.
  8. Once the car is yours, make sure you have all of the items with you. Check to make sure all of the parts to the car are included, and that you aren’t leaving anything behind with the seller.

Once your sale is finalized, you are free to enjoy the car! You have made it out of your Craigslist transaction safely and easily.

 

Heat & your Auto Glass

The relationship between heat and the automobile is something of a constant battle, especially here in North Carolina. Extreme heat can do a number to cars in terms of overheating, tire damage, engine performance, and most other parts of the vehicle.

One area we have the most experience with is of course auto glass. Heat can have a damaging effect on auto glass over time. Auto glass can potentially suffer in cases of severe heat. Already existing cracks in auto glass can spread and expand when exposed to extreme heat.

If you have a small crack in your windshield, you may be in luck. Many small cracks can be repaired, rather than fully replaced. However, if you blast the windshield with the AC during a hot summer day, you very well may need to get a full windshield replacement. That’s because the contrast between the heat and cool air can cause that small crack to spread.

Carolina Windshield Centers has locations across North Carolina. Please contact us for more information about our windshield replacement services!

Five Common Driving Misconceptions

After years of driving on the road, you may consider yourself a good driver and for the most part you are correct. You have probably heard a lot of driving tips from a number of people, but how do you know if they are true or not. Here is a list of five common driving misconceptions you have probably heard.

1.“If you get into a skid, put your vehicle in neutral”

We all dread the moment your car starts to skid and you are left with seconds to make a decision. You have probably been told that “putting your vehicle into neutral will help you straighten your wheels” from family or friends. However, this tip only works for some vehicles. If the back end of your front-wheel-drive vehicle is skidding, the best option to straighten your wheels is to apply power. If you have shifted neutral, you will be unable to apply force to pull yourself out.

  1. “Rushing up to red lights will save time”

It is never a good idea to accelerate before making a stop. When coming up to a red light it is best to gradually slow down than to rush to a red light. Gradually reducing speed will reduce the chances of being hit from behind and will save you fuel and brake wear.

  1. “All-wheel drive is a safety feature”

Do not be fooled by auto manufacturers that hint in commercials that all-wheel drive is a safety feature. All-wheel drive is a performance feature that only affects the vehicle’s dynamics, like acceleration. All-wheel drive will not allow your tires to grip more for braking or steering. All-wheel drive leads drivers feeling overconfident on roads that are actually slippery and unsafe.

  1. “Fog lights”

Most of us drive with our fog lights on at night even though there isn’t a sign of fog anywhere. Fog lights are designed to be used when the fog is so dense the headlights reflect back off the water droplets in the fog and make vision difficult. It is best to leave them off when driving, so not to blind oncoming drivers.

  1. “Wider tires give you more rubber on the road”

This is a common misconception that many people defend. People will argue that more rubber will give your vehicle more traction on the road, while in fact, wider tires change the shape but not the size of the contact patch. This is only true as long as the weight of the vehicle and the tire pressure stay the same.

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

Tips for Cleaning your Car for Spring

It’s important to use the right tools and products to clean your car thoroughly in the interior as well as the exterior.

Here are some helpful tips to prepare your car for springtime:

  • Use wax to protect the paint on your car, it’s helpful because the wax absorbs stains and small scratches before affecting the paint on your car.
  • Make sure to take the time to vacuum all your carpets, seats, and use a narrow end extension to get into the cracks.
  • Cleaning your auto glass is important because there is always grime and dirt that builds up. It’s best to use a non-ammonia glass cleaner with a dry soft cloth or crumpled newspapers.
  • Most professionals recommend washing cars by hand to help you better inspect and get familiar with the car’s surfaces.
  • For your tires, make sure they are cleaned before you clean and protect your car’s paint and to use a nonacid product.

With the warm weather approaching, it’s always a good idea to give your car a detailed clean and wash for the upcoming 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.

Taking Care of your Auto Glass

Though many drivers may not know it, your auto glass is one of the most important safety features in your vehicle. However, many drivers do not think to maintain it as they might spend time maintaining other parts of their vehicle. While windshield cracks and chips should always be handled by a professional auto glass repair company, there are some things that you can keep in mind when driving and parking your vehicle.

  • Whenever possible, park your car in the shade. This is overall better for your vehicle, but it is especially smart for your auto glass. Extreme heat in the summer time on your vehicle’s glass can damage your windshield over time. On a similar note, cranking up the heat onto your windshield during the winter can negatively affect your auto glass.
  • Avoid slamming your car doors. We know how kids love to slam their doors, but this can actually rattle your auto glass and potentially stress the glass. It’s also just not good for your car doors!
  • Use a microfiber cloth for glass when you are cleaning your auto glass. Microfiber cloths are meant for cleaning glass and will not scratch your glass in any way. Additionally, ammonia based cleaners will damage your auto glass over time, so you should avoid these products when cleaning your auto glass.

Carolina Windshield Centers has locations across North Carolina. Please contact us for more information!

New Auto Glass Shop in Morrisville, North Carolina

We have recently opened our fourth Carolina Windshield Centers location in Morrisville, North Carolina!

From our new location, our mobile auto glass repair specialists will be able to make on-location windshield repairs and replacements throughout the greater Raleigh-Durham area. We are proud to expand into this new area where we can provide our safe, fast, and convenient windshield replacement services! You can contact our new location at (919) 670-2885.

We also have locations in the following cities:

Charlotte, NC

Greensboro, NC

Hickory, NC

Key Auto Glass Terminology

We are always striving to provide the best possible auto glass services possible while educating our customers along the way. These important terms will help you when discussing your auto glass repair with your technician.

  • Adhesive: The bonding substance used to attach your auto glass to your vehicle. At Carolina Windshield Centers, we use Sika brand urethane adhesive.
  • AGRSS: The Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standards, a set of auto glass repair standards developed to promote safety in auto glass replacement processes.
  • Back windshield: A term used to describe the piece of auto glass affixed to the back of the car.
  • Chip: A small divet or ding in the auto glass that does not penetrate the entire piece of glass and can be safely repaired in many cases.
  • Cure time: The period of time that it takes for the adhesive used in a windshield replacement to completely set. For our Sika brand adhesive, this is about one hour.
  • Drive away time: The amount of time it takes after a replacement until the vehicle is safe to drive.
  • Heads-up display: A visual display on your windshield that has information traditionally found on the car’s dashboard. Most HUDs are projected but there are upcoming models with a screen integrated into the windshield.
  • Laminated glass: The type of glass used by automobiles. Laminated glass is designed to stay in one piece when damaged, reducing the chance of shattering onto the driver.
  • O.E.M.: Original Equipment Manufacturer glass is built to the same specifications that the original auto glass was made. It is often built by the same manufacturer that made your original glass, but is sometimes made by a new manufacturer building to the original specifications.
  • Quarter glass: The small corner of glass usually a part of the rear windows.
  • Repair resin: The resin used to fill in chips or cracks in auto glass repairs. Carolina Windshield Centers uses Clarity Windshield Repair Resin.

Safe Driving Tips for Fall

Every season brings its own challenges when it comes to driving. So why would Fall be any different? During the fall season, many drivers take to the road for back to school, so you can expect more young drivers on the road in the morning and afternoon.

Fall weather brings certain dangers to driving. Fall is typically a rainy season – couple this with leaves on the road and you can quickly lose control of your car and get into an accident. In order to avoid this, keep an eye on big patches of road covered in leaves. Slow down before you get to the leaves to stay in control.

Fog is also common during the fall season- especially in the morning. You are better off using your low beams driving through fog – high beams cause glare.

Deer are most active during the fall. Avoid deer collision by staying focused and watching for deer crossing signs.

Back to school means more drivers, especially young drivers, on the road. There may also be school buses on the road during your morning commute so you should leave yourself more time in the morning.

 

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.

Carolina Windshield Centers a Member of the Auto Glass Safety Council

Carolina Windshield Centers is a proud member of the Auto Glass Safety Council. The AGSC is an important organization in the auto glass industry. The AGSC is a non-profit organization that has developed the only auto glass safety standard, the Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standard (AGRSS).

The AGSC is supported by auto glass shops like ourselves. We are happy to support the AGSC because of their commitment to developing and maintaining standards for auto glass replacement. The AGSC supports the industry by educating and accrediting auto glass technicians, and by promoting safe auto glass replacement practices.

The AGSC holds several events a year, most notably the recent Auto Glass Week. These events bring the biggest players in the industry together to foster education and awareness of auto glass replacement best practices.

 

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.