Repair your car glass before it’s too late

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We’ve all been through it before, you’re driving to the grocery store listening to the radio and you happen to notice a small chip in the corner of your windshield. What you do next depends on what kind of person you are; are you slow to react and irresponsible person, or an intelligent and informed person? Well let’s not worry about that now, because experience says that the small chip in your glass will soon grow into a full size crack, and if left unmaintained will turn into a hefty bill covering the cost of a new windshield. So what are your options if you decide to be a reactive person this time, and do something about the problem before it develops into a full-on disaster?

Well, unlike many other car misfortunes, you have the option to get your windshield crack repaired before it becomes so big that it needs to be fully replaced by a professional car shop. Windshield chips and crack repair stops the damage from spreading further and helps to keep the glass safely intact, letting you move on with your busy life safely and happily. Windshield cracks are often unpredictable and can develop into a huge problem unexpectedly at any time. The price you pay for repairing it quickly and efficiently could save you thousands in damages down the road, if the damage to your windshield leads you to cause an accident because you can’t see the road clearly. What’s just as bad as that, is if you have a light fender-bender or bump into almost anything with your vehicle, that small crack could quickly shatter the entire windshield and leave you vulnerable to getting injured.

So next time you notice that you have a crack in your windshield, don’t put it off until next week, or even tomorrow, get it fixed as soon as possible before it turns into a full windshield replacement, or even worse, a safety hazard. Your ability to operate your vehicle safely in public is one of the most important things you can do every day. Save your money and perhaps your well-being by making a smart and responsible decision today.

Come visit your local Pitstop Autoglass® + Windshield Repair Service Center® today at 11905 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, California 92128.

 

 

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Window Tint Laws in California: What You Need to Know

Window TintIf you’re thinking about tinting your windows in California, there are a few laws that you will need to follow. California has regulations depending on which area of the vehicle you wish to tint, and these regulations are based around a darkness rating called the Visible Light Transmission percentage. There are also certain laws in regards to how reflective your window tint can be. Unlike many other states, California’s tint laws are the same for sedans, SUVs and vans.

Window Tint laws in CAWhat are the window tint laws in California?

  • Windshields allow non-reflective tint at the very top of the windshield only, which can extend 4 inches downwards.
  • Front side windows are required to let 88% or more of light in and cannot be reflective.
  • Back side windows can be any darkness but cannot be reflective.
  • Rear windows are allowed to have any level of darkness and can be reflective.

There can sometimes be exceptions to window tint laws for people who have medical conditions requiring additional tint. Window tint laws are intended to both preserve a driver’s ability to see the road and to protect police officers and other emergency personnel from the possibility of entering into an unknown situation. Consequently, law enforcement officials tend to take the issue seriously. Those that do have tint that is too dark may run the risk of being pulled over and issued a citation.

Auto Glass experts can ensure that your vehicle meets all of the applicable laws and regulations in the state of California. The best ones can guarantee that your windshield will be safely and correctly installed and that your tint will be appropriately applied, attractive and durable. But some companies that install windshields and apply tint are not fully aware of these regulations. This can lead to problems for the driver later on. So be very careful while choosing among them.

 

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What To Do When Your Windshield Fogs Up

It’s a cold morning, you open your car door, sit start the car and immediately notice the windshield fogging up. What now?

Everyone has had to deal with a foggy windshield at one point or another, and everyone seems to have their own way of fixing it.

Some might use a small, portable squeegee,  others a dry cloth. Some use the car heater, other’s use the A/C. And then some people just fiddle with the controls to no avail, not realizing that the condensation is actually on the outside of the windshield! So what should you do?

Why Windshields Fog Up

To find the best solution, let’s take a closer look at the problem – fogging. Windshield fogging is caused by water vapor condensing on the inner surface of the glass on a windscreen. It can happen one of two ways.

  1. The first way begins with air that gets trapped inside a car from the previous day. This previous day air is more humid than the current cold outside air. Warmer air is able to hold more moisture than cold air, in fact it can hold up to double the amount of moisture! When the more humid air inside the car comes in contact with the cold windshield glass it releases some of its moisture, leaving condensation or fog on the glass.
  2. The other way is caused by us. When we sit down in a cold car, we inhale cool air and exhale air that is warm and humid. As a result, every breath we take puts more humidity in the inside of the car, which condenses on the glass and fogs up the windscreen.

How To Fix A Foggy Windshield

Fog can be cleared many ways. While there is no master solution that works the best every time, there are two common strategies that are likely to work really well.

Dry Out The Air

Depending on your comfort levels, the better option could be to run the A/C. We recommend using this method when temperatures outside are above freezing and the fog is caused by wet, damp humans inside the car. Running the A/C on cold is best, but you can turn the dial to a warmer temperature while still running the air-con and still get good results.

Evaporate The Water Vapor

For a usually quick and easy fix, run heat through your defrosters and it will cause the condensation to evaporate sort of like how a clothes dryer uses heat to evaporate moisture. This method usually works well when you catch the fog building up early on and when the temperatures are cold.

For extremely foggy windshields, you can use a dry cloth or small squeegee to quickly clear the fog and then run the air-con on cold. If running the air-con on cold makes you too chilly, then slowly increase the temperature until the air dries out inside your car. Remember when trying to dry up the air inside your car to bring outside air in instead of circulating inside air. Most cars nowadays do this automatically when the defrosters are on.

If you have other methods that work well for you, please share in the comments below! We always look forward to hearing from you here at Deco Windshield Repair.

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