Chips and cracks in a windshield or vehicle windows are some of the more common repairs that send customers into repair shops. Without proper repair, small scratches, nicks and cracks can easily develop into larger, and ultimately more expensive repairs. Not to mention the safety concerns that arise when a driver’s vision is impaired by a large crack. So, if you notice a crack or chip in the glass of your vehicle, we recommend getting the repair done sooner rather than later to avoid more issues down the road.
Typically, a crack that is smaller than the size of a dollar bill can be repaired, whereas a larger crack will require a full glass replacement. Repair shops will be able to quickly assess the damage and give you an estimate. If your windshield can be repaired, the process is quite simple and you can expect to drive out of the repair shop in under an hour. The technician uses a small suction vacuum to remove any water or other matter from the crack then injects resin to fill it. Whether you need a windshield/glass repair or replacement, the process can be performed in under an hour. Auto glass repair is also often covered by insurance providers, making the process fairly painless.
Schools are back in session, and winter is quickly approaching so it’s a good time to review some safety tips when driving with children in the backseat, on the streets, or both. During this time of kids on the street and low visibility, there are many extra precautions we should take as it pertains to children both in your backseat, or walking on the sidewalks.
As for kids inside your vehicle, the most obvious safety precaution that comes to mind for many are seat belts. But are you sure your child passenger is using the safest car seat for his/her body weight, age, etc.? Many car seats are not used or installed correctly. We recommend checking online for instruction guides on what your child requires. This goes for other children that may be riding in your car, every child should bring their car seat with them when riding in other cars. According to NHTSA, “a child in a correctly used safety seat in the back seat of a car is 73% less likely to be hospitalized than an unrestrained child in the front seat.” With that said, children under the age of 12 should always sit in the rear of the car.
When parked in school lots or places where many kids are near, take a look around your entire vehicle before getting in a starting the engine to insure no small children are playing close by. More children are hit by cars near schools than at any other location. Drive the school speed limits, especially in bad weather, to avoid any incidents. In general, please remember to take extra precaution and be alert when driving in areas where many children are present.