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.

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.

How do I avoid damaging my side mirrors?

Breaking your side mirrors is one of those weird accidents that you could maybe be a part of once in your life. There are only a few ways that side mirror damage is likely to occur.

  • One way that side mirrors commonly get damaged is pulling out of a parking space in reverse or pulling into a tight spot without actually being able to fit.
  • Another way that side mirrors get damaged is when the driver doesn’t fold in the mirrors when going through an older car wash. Not every car wash does this anymore, but some facilities still require it.
  • Parking in unsafe areas prone to vandalism is another easy way to get your side mirrors damaged.
  • Additionally, parking in highly congested areas with a lot of street parking increases the likeliness of breaking your side mirrors. You should always fold in your side mirrors when you are parking on a street with heavy street parking.
  • Do not use abrasive cleaners, or ammonia or alcohol based cleaners, when cleaning auto glass. Also, use a microfiber towel meant for cleaning glass so that you do not scratch any of the glass.
  • Another tip for protecting your side mirrors is to avoid using the power to move them too much. Don’t let kids play with the controls too much because that will burn out the electronics.

 

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.

Summer Driving Challenges

  • The summer means that more people are out on the road enjoying the nice weather, traveling to vacation spots, and just getting out of the house. Not only are there more people in general, but there are also more teenagers out on the road. Unfortunately, teens are not as experienced at driving as adult drivers. Car accidents among teens increase during the summer months.
  • Not only are there more people driving during the summer, but there are also more pedestrians. There are more runners, joggers, walker, cyclists, and motorcycle riders. There are also more children outside because they are off school.
  • North Carolina has especially hot and humid summers. Car troubles are apt to occur in these conditions. The heat can cause tire blowouts in well used tires. Replace your tires in the summer or leading up to it if you have not done so in a while.
  • Water pumps for our car’s cooling system can break in the hot weather. To avoid this happening, have a mechanic check it out. They can probably tell if it is close to breaking.
  • Have a mechanic check your radiator to make sure it is in good condition for the summer. Although this is a bigger problem in areas that get snow (because the salt does damage to the radiator), it is worth checking for leaks.
  • Change your coolant before the really hot months hit if it has been over 60,000 miles since the last change.

 

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.