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.

Back to School Driving Tips

When the kids go back to school, it can really free up your schedule, but it certainly won’t free up the roads! In the morning and afternoon, the roads are teeming with school buses, young pedestrians, and teen drivers.

Give buses the space and respect they need. Never ride too close behind a school bus. You should also never pass a bus on an undivided road. It is illegal in every state to pass a bus that is loading or unloading children.

Be aware of any school zone speed limits. School zone speed limits are typically 20 MPH. These are only applicable during school sessions. Always yield to pedestrians in school zones, and never block any crosswalks.

When dropping off your kids at school, use the drop off / pick up system in place. There is typically a route set up at every school; follow the route to avoid any confusion or accidents.

 

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.

Windshield Repair in your Driveway!

We don’t want to put extra things on your to-d0 list. Our goal is to make the windshield repair or replacement process as easy as possible for you. That is why we offer mobile windshield replacement services. We can come to your home or workplace to deliver high-quality and safe auto glass services for your vehicle.

Getting over to our shop is just one additional inconvenience associated with auto glass damage. We strive to make the auto glass repair process as painless as possible. We can still provide windshield repairs in about a half hour, and windshield replacements in one hour. The best part about getting windshield service at your home or office is that the one hour wait time happens while you are already parked. You don’t need to wait around at our shop. Your car will sit in your driveway while the windshield fully seals into the frame.

 

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.

Car Tips for Traveling with your Dog

Traveling with your dog is a great way to make your vacation or trip a lot more fun. Many families and dog owners don’t want to to leave their best friends at home and are planning dog friendly trips. If you aren’t flying, this means you will be bringing your dog in your car with you. Traveling with your dog can be stressful, but if you are properly prepared it can be a great time. Try these tips to better enjoy traveling with your dog:

  • Use a crate when traveling with your dog. If your dog is not used to being in a crate, start introducing them to the crate over the course of a few weeks before the trip. You’ll want your dog to be comfortable with being in the crate. You might feel bad about putting your furry friend away into a crate, but this is the safest place for a dog in a car.
  • Keep your dog well-hydrated at all times and take frequent urination breaks.
  • Have small snacks ready for your dog. Big meals are a bad idea because of car sickness, but small snacks are okay.
  • Never leave your dog unattended in a closed car. Even with the windows cracked, your car becomes an oven fast for a dog.

 

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.

Gorilla Glass Could Be Used in Automobiles

Gorilla Glass, which, if you own a smartphone, might be in your pocket or purse right now, could be making its way into your car as well. The glass, made by Corning, is a chemically-strengthened glass that is used by most major smartphone manufacturers.

The glass is very strong and durable, and at the same time lightweight. This makes Gorilla Glass perfect for smartphones, but Corning claims it would be an ideal material for windshields as well. Automakers are always looking to make their vehicles lighter to improve fuel efficiency, which is one of the most important selling points for automobiles in today’s market. The lightweight Gorilla Glass would help automakers improve upon this point. Additionally, as more vehicles use heads up displays, the optics friendly Gorilla Glass would be advantageous for windshields.

While Gorilla Glass has clear advantages, the costs are much higher than normal windshields. Production costs on a mass scale would put be substantially increased. Corning says it is most likely several years off until Gorilla Glass is seen in automobiles.

 

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.

Windshield Replacement Services throughout North Carolina

Carolina Windshield Centers provides expert windshield repair and replacement services throughout the state of North Carolina. We provide our leading services from three different auto glass shops in the state.Windshield Repair Services

We have a shop in Hickory, NC. Hickory is the major city in the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Statistical Area, commonly referred to a the Unifour. From our Hickory shop, we travel fifty miles and further to provide mobile windshield replacement services to our customers. For in-shop service, we are conveniently located on Tate Blvd SE in the center of the city.

Another Carolina Windshield Centers location is our Charlotte location. Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina, and many of its residents appreciate our ability to travel to them to service their vehicle’s auto glass. The Charlotte location is on West WT Harris Boulevard in the northern area of the city.

In addition to the Hickory and Charlotte locations, we also have an auto glass shop in Greensboro. This shop is located off of Wendover Ave near Wendover at Meadowood in the western part of the city. From our Greensboro location, we service the northern part of the state, including Winston-Salem and Burlington.

 

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.

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.

 

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.

The Development of Auto Glass

In 1903, French chemist Edouard Benedictus dropped a beaker filled with dried cellulose nitrate. The glass broke, but it did not shatter. The cellulose nitrate kept the pieces of glass bonded together. Benedictus had invented what would later become the base for laminated safety auto glass. While laminated auto glass wouldn’t be used in automobiles until several decades later, it was becoming apparent that automobiles needed some form of glass to protect the driver’s vision on the road. It was also becoming clear that standard glass that you put in your home’s windows was not going to cut it. Regular glass shatters when broken. This was causing a major issue for early drivers because a simple crack in the windshield would cause severe injuries when the glass shattered.

In the very early days of automobiles, windshields were often sold as an accessory with the vehicle. It was considered more of a luxury to have an enclosed automobile than not. As time went on, however, the frequency of accidents increased and automakers started including auto glass as a default feature. Manufacturers like Henry Ford began putting laminated windshields into his cars and tempered glass in the side and back windows. In the 1960s, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was formed, and safety glass was made a legal requirement for all motor vehicles.

 

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.