Keeping your auto glass clean is nearly impossible, especially in Minnesota. Between the snow, rain, dust and dirt, your windshield gets dirty nearly as soon as you’ve finished washing it.

Driving with a dirty windshield can be dangerous, and even just having rain on your windshield can reduce your reaction time. That’s why we suggest having a professional GlassWerks technician put Aquapel on your windshield to repel water.

With a hydrophobic auto glass coating like Aquapel, you can statistically be safer while driving. Let’s look at a study which shows just how awesome these coatings can be!

Study: Treated Windshields Reduce Reaction Time Greatly

How They Did It

The University of Michigan set up a study with 32 people, 16 aged 20-30 and 16 aged 60-70 to test their ability to see objects through an untreated or treated windshield, during rain events, during both daytime and nighttime conditions.

Using leaf blowers (blowing the equivalent of 36 mph), water sprayers (to simulate “moderate to heavy rainfall”), headlights for glare and a 1992 compact car, the participants were asked to identify a sign with a single letter of the alphabet on it, and report back via CB radio to a researcher. The response time was recorded.

Results

What they found was quite amazing! During the daytime, the effect wasn’t statistically significant. But, at night:

  • The younger group of people had night reaction time which was ½ second faster with treatment, which when traveling 62 mph would be the equivalent of stopping 44 feet sooner in an emergency situation, roughly the length of three average cars.
  • The older group of people had a night reaction time which was more than 1 second faster with treatment, which at 62 mph would be the equivalent of stopping 88 feet sooner, or the length of six average car lengths!

This study suggests that a windshield treatment like Aquapel can save lives by improving reaction time in nighttime conditions, and could improve performance in daytime conditions as well! There’s absolutely no reason not to utilize this product on your windshield, but the benefits won’t be nearly as pronounced without the right product and professional application.

Why Choose Aquapel?

When professionally applied, Aquapel can remove more than 99% of dirt and debris that comes into contact with it. Furthermore, when driving in rain, Aquapel also helps to ensure your windshield is clear with intensely improved visibility. As a bonus, using a hydrophobic glass coating will significantly increase the life and effectiveness of your windshield wipers.

Get It Applied At GlassWerks!

Application sounds easy on the packaging of many of these types of glass coatings. However, the expertise and skill that a professional application provides ensures a far superior application with significantly better results.

The glass must be perfectly clean before applying the coating and it must be applied correctly. Failure to do so could lead to poorly coated glass at best, and could even damage your auto glass at worst. Before wasting your time and money, contact a professional auto glass company like GlassWerks and ask for Aquapel treatment.

Wiper blades play a key role in keeping you safe on the road. Reduced visibility can lead to slower reaction times and accidents when driving. That’s why healthy wiper blades are key to the maintenance of your windshield. For proper windshield maintenance let’s look at how to tell if your wiper blades are healthy, what affects their health and how to maintain them.

What Affects Wiper Blade Performance?

There are three main ingredients that reduce your windshield wiper blade’s performance:

  1. Sun – ultraviolet light from the sun can lead to deterioration of the rubber and plastic in your wiper blade, which puts a shelf life on the blades, especially if you drive a lot or park outside;
  2. Car Products – car waxes, exhaust, fuel, oil and tar from the road all contain rubber deteriorating oils; and,
  3. Debris – sand, mud and dust can all physically damage the blade, leading to a rough edge instead of a smooth edge and they can also get into the mechanical parts of the system.

These ingredients can combine to create the following issues:

  • Broken frames at joins;
  • Metal corrosion at joints and claws;
  • Cracks, tears and missing chunks of rubber edge; and,
  • Stiffness of rubber edge

How To Maintain Wiper Blades

Wiper blade maintenance should be done in a number of ways:

  1. Every time you fill your gas tank, clean your windshield completely, and gently wipe the rubber edge of the blade with a damp paper towel to remove dirt and oil;
  2. During the winter, pull your windshield wipers away from the windshield when you park so ice doesn’t build up on the rubber blade, and to prevent them from sticking to the glass;
  3. Regularly check the rubber blade for a rounded edge, stiffness, cracks and tears, which can prevent the blade from making good contact with the windshield glass;
  4. Regularly check the frame for corrosion and breaks, which can affect flexibility and performance of the blade; and,

Bonus:

  1. Never use your windshield wiper to de-ice your windshield, it degrades the rubber blades and can ruin the frame or mechanics of the wipers. Use an ice scraper instead.

Why Is Wiper Blade Care Important?

The American Optometric Association reports that 90% of all driving decisions are based solely on visual cues. If your windshield is obscured with dirt, streaks, water or ice, you may be making decisions based on incomplete or false information, which can lead to a greater chance of accidents happening.

That’s why it’s important to maintain your blades, and purchase new ones every 6-12 months depending on the wear. If you have any questions about maintaining your windshield, whether wiper related or not, give us a call at GlassWerks today!

Whether a repair or replacement, it’s never fun to have had a break in your glass . . . unless you’re prepared! Once you have breakage in your auto glass, use this list to start preparing for the work to come, so you’re back on the road as soon as possible!

And remember to contact us for any auto glass repair or replacement work you need. We’ll come to you!

Auto Glass Repair/Replacement Shop

The first thing to do is, after calling your insurance, start looking for an glass shop.

Certifications

When searching for an auto glass shop, be sure to look for one with certifications from the National Glass Association (NGA), as well as that they follow Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standard (AGRSS) procedures. They should also carry Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) glass, which is made by the same manufacturer as your original glass. When you do bring your vehicle in to have the windshield repaired or replaced, be sure the glass shop uses OEM quality glass and sealant for the installation. OEM quality glass and sealants ensure a proper fit, as the glass is from the same manufacturer as your original glass.

Insurance

Also be sure your auto glass shop accepts payment from your particular insurance company!

Timing

Be sure to make an appointment ahead of time. Repairs at a skilled glass shop like GlassWerks take about half an hour, while replacements take about an hour. Once your auto glass is repaired, you shouldn’t drive it for about an hour to allow the products to set.

Cleanliness

Whatever you do, do not clean your damaged auto glass, either at home or in a car wash. If water gets in the cracks it can worsen the damage. Try not to drive it, especially if it is undriveable, as it is extremely unsafe and if water and dirt get in the crack or chip it also makes it harder to repair.

And remember, if you choose GlassWerks, our mobile repair and replacement crew can come to your vehicle, whether it’s at work, home or at the mall!

When it comes to auto glass, it’s always a good idea to have quality partners like a good auto insurance company and a good glass repair and replacement company. There’s nothing better than making a phone call, and having someone come to your home or office to fix your auto glass while you sit inside all cozy!

If that’s not the service you’re getting, here are the mistakes you’re making.

 

1. Trying To Fix Your Auto Glass Yourself

DIY kits are almost always trouble. If you have damaged auto glass you think you can repair yourself, you’re probably wrong. The fixes are never as good as a professional can do, and your time and money can be better spent taking the car to a repair shop.

You’re putting yourself and anyone who rides in your vehicle in danger with that repair, and the time spent on it isn’t worth it because you’ll have to redo it a few times and probably still have to take it in, which will probably result in a full replacement.

 

2. Not Getting The Right Insurance

You have insurance, right? Then use it! Ideally, you should have a $0 glass deductible on your insurance, meaning you can use it at any time to get your glass repaired or replaced for $0 upfront; your insurance takes care of all the costs, you just continue paying your monthly premium.

If you don’t have $0 glass deductible, or don’t have insurance at all, you should make that a priority. Otherwise contact a local auto glass company – like GlassWerks – you trust and see if you can work out a payment plan.

 

3. Not Getting Problems Taken Care Of Right Away

You’ve taken a rock to your windshield, but you’re still driving around two days later? That’s not good. The windshield could crack and split while you’re driving down the highway, possibly causing you to create an accident! That puts your life, the life of anyone in your vehicle and those driving near you in grave danger. This is a problem which needs to be taken care of nearly immediately. A company like GlassWerks will actually do a mobile repair or replacement for you, coming to your car wherever it is and fixing the auto glass right there!

At GlassWerks, we know you might not even know we are certified by various windshield safety organizations. You might never have heard of these organizations, or know why it’s important for a glass repair and replacement company to be certified. But we are.

We are certified to provide you and your family the safety you deserve, and at as high of a quality as when your vehicle came out of the manufacturing plant. We are certified because we believe in providing the best repair and replacement work in the business.

Why We Choose To Get Certified (And How You Benefit)AGSC Logo

To Provide Premiere Windshield Safety

In order to make your ride as safe as possible, all of our technicians are certified by the following organizations.

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS)

FMVSS are written by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and as part of the industry our manufacturers must meet or exceed the FMVSS set. Our customers could be seriously injured and the vehicles would not be as strong if these standards were not followed, so as an industry it’s important to keep ahead of regulation.

Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC) & Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards (AGRSS)

The AGSC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the safe replacement of auto glass. It is an accredited institution, and provides the only standard for auto glass replacement in North America, the AGRSS.

All of our technicians are certified through the AGSC, which includes a timed 70 question exam which tests our techs knowledge of:

  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards
  • All types of auto glass replacement
  • National Auto Glass Specifications (NAGS)
  • AGRSS
  • Sunroof repair and replacement techniques
  • Custom cut laminated glass parts

Sealant Manufacturers (DOW Automotive and Sika)

All of our technicians are certified by our sealant manufacturers, DOW Automotive and Sika.

DOW is an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for the adhesives and sealants on nearly all domestic auto glass as well as ⅔ of global.

Sika is another adhesive we utilize, and is just as safe as DOW; both have exceeded rigorous federal motor vehicle safety standards.