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    Ultraviolet Light Protection Offered by Windshields

    Last updated 5 years ago

    When most people think of windshields, they think of protection from bugs, rocks, and weather. In fact, windshields also help deploy passenger airbags, maintain your vehicle’s structural integrity, and prevent you from being ejected from your vehicle during a crash. However, ultraviolet protection is perhaps windshields’ most overlooked quality. Here’s a quick look at the UV protection offered by windshields:  

    Ultraviolet light basics Before we get to the protective qualities of windshields, we should go over the basics of UV light. UV light is a form of invisible electromagnetic radiation that comes from the sun in tandem with visible light. Though over 95% of the sun’s UV rays are blocked by the Earth’s ozone layer, the remainder has been known to cause sunburn and even skin cancer. That’s why experts urge us to wear sunscreen whenever we go out into the sun.

    Windshield protection To most people, the windshield appears to be a normal window. After all, it’s perfectly transparent, just like most other windows out there. However, windshields are actually made of several layers of vinyl and non-tempered glass, making them much stronger than conventional glass. These additional layers also make windshields much more resistant to UV rays—in fact, some windshields allow as little as 1% of UV rays to pass through, protecting motorists and vehicle interiors from harmful sunburns.

    Side window risks Unfortunately, side windows do not offer the same protection. Though the tempered glass of side windows are designed to shatter into thousands of harmless pieces upon impact, they only block about 20% of UV rays when intact. Luckily, you can increase your side windows’ UV rating by installing tinted or laminated windows. If you’d like to learn more about UV protection, you should contact a local auto glass repair company.

    Windshields are a lot more important than most people realize. If your windshield needs to be repaired or replaced, call Glass on the Move at (510) 338-4791. When you do business with us, you won’t have to drive anywhere—we provide mobile auto glass repairs throughout Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

    A Simple Solution for Foggy Windshields

    Last updated 5 years ago

    We’ve all encountered foggy car windows at one time or another. Some people sit and wait for the defrosters to melt away the fog, while others risk driving with limited visibility. However, there is another, more sensible way to deal with fog.

    In this short video from GeoBeats, you can learn a neat trick for clearing up foggy windshields. Instead of keeping a cloth in your glove box, you should keep a chalkboard eraser—the next time you encounter a foggy window, simply wipe the fog away with your eraser.

    Unfortunately, not all windshield problems can be whisked away by an eraser. If your windshield or car windows are damaged in any way, you should call Glass on the Move at (510) 338-4791. We’re proud to provide mobile glass service to clients throughout Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

    The Hazards of Driving with a Broken Windshield

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Though you look through your windshield nearly every day, do you ever really notice it? Since your windshield is one of the most important parts of your whole vehicle, it’s essential that you keep it in good shape. If your windshield experiences significant damage, you should replace it right away. Here are just a few of the hazards of driving with a severely cracked windshield:

    Limited visibility

    If you’ve ever tried to see through a spider-webbed windshield, then you know it isn’t easy. Since full visibility is such an important part of driving, even the slightest visual impairment can make driving extremely dangerous. If you have an extensive crack in your windshield, for example, you may fail to notice a pedestrian and cause a tragic accident as a result.

    Ineffective airbag deployment

    Your windshield doesn’t only exist to give you more visibility—it’s also helps with the deployment of your passenger side airbag. A cracked windshield may give way to the sudden impact of an airbag, rendering it useless at a time when you need it the most.

    Loss of structural integrity

    Windshields are also important for helping your vehicle to maintain its shape in the event of a rollover. A cracked windshield is more likely to pop out during an accident, thus leaving the roof of your vehicle vulnerable to a cave-in. For maximum safety, it’s essential that you get a broken windshield replaced as soon as possible.

    Increased risk of fatality

    Though the seat belt is the primary method of restraint during an accident, the windshield is an important backup. If your cracked windshield pops out during an accident, there’s a greater chance that you will be thrown from your car and suffer severe injuries or even death.

    If your windshield is in bad shape, you should contact Glass on the Move right away. A quick, inexpensive windshield repair job could literally be the difference between life and death. Don’t put yourself at risk—call us today at (510) 338-4791, and we’ll bring our auto glass repair operation to you.

    Steer Clear of Unlicensed Windshield Repair Companies!

    Last updated 5 years ago

    If your windshield is damaged, then hiring a professional windshield repair company is absolutely the right course of action. However, not all windshield repair companies are created equal; for instance, there are many companies who perform auto glass repairs without the proper licensing from the Bureau of Automotive Repair. Here are just a few of the risks of having your windshield replaced by an unlicensed windshield repair company: 

    Ineffective adhesive

    A strong adhesive is perhaps the most important part of windshield replacement. Most licensed windshield repair companies use urethane—a strong adhesive that is considered very reliable. Unlicensed repair companies, on the other hand, are inclined to use more ineffective adhesives, including butyl—a cheap and flimsy sealant.

    Vehicle damage

    Unlicensed auto glass repair companies typically don’t have the skills necessary to properly install windshields and side windows. As a result, they’re more likely to damage your vehicle during the glass replacement process. In order to protect your vehicle from an inept installation team, you should always make sure that your repair company is fully licensed.

    Improper training

    Since unlicensed windshield repair companies forgo the licensing process, there’s less of a chance that they provide their employees with the proper training. Though an unlicensed windshield repair company may lure you in with low prices, the shoddy workmanship could cost you your life.  

    Potential for fraud

    Unfortunately, dishonest people sometimes use windshield repair companies as a front for scams. If a company doesn’t bother going through the licensing process, they’re more likely to be running a fraudulent operation. If you do business with an unlicensed windshield repair company, you will likely pay good money for a less-than-satisfactory repair job.

    If you’re looking for a fully licensed and insured windshield repair company in the Oakland area, look no further than Glass on the Move. We work hard to provide our clients with affordable and reliable auto glass repairs and replacements. Our outstanding work and customer service has even earned us an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Call us today at (510) 338-4791 and get one step closer to quality windshield repair.

    Tips for Preventing Auto Glass Damage from Vandalism

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Not only is vandalism to your car frustrating and even scary, but it can cause a lot of damage to your vehicle. Often, vandals break your auto glass in order to gain access to your car. Though you can’t eliminate the chances of a break in, there are ways you can reduce them:

    Get friendly with neighbors

    Your neighbors could be your best defense against would-be thieves. If a thief attempts to break into your car while you’re asleep or away from home, a wary neighbor could intervene and alert the authorities. If you’re not friendly with your neighbors, however, they may feel less inclined to take action.

    Watch where you park

    Generally speaking, vandals tend to target cars that are parked far away from potential witnesses. Therefore, you should always try to park your vehicle in a well-lit area that has plenty of foot traffic. If you can’t find a parking space that meets these requirements, you should use common sense.

    Don’t leave valuable items

    Most vandals don’t break into cars unless they know there’s something worth stealing—i.e. a laptop, an iPod, or jewelry. That’s why you should never leave valuable items unattended in your car. If it’s simply not practical for you to take your valuable items every time you leave your car, you should at least cover them or place them in the trunk.

    Install tinted windows

    Another way to deter thieves is to make the interior of your vehicle invisible with tinted windows—that way, they won’t be able to tell whether or not you have valuable items inside. Tinted windows are also great for protecting your skin and your vehicle’s interior from harmful UV rays.

    If should be unlucky enough to suffer a break in, don’t hesitate to contact Glass on the Move. We’re happy to provide mobile, same-day service to many of our clients throughout Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Don’t let a busted window get you down—call us today at (510) 338-4791.

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