Windshield wipers may be a thing of the past!

December 18, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Windshield wipers may be a thing of the past according to the British supercar company McLaren. They are doing away with windshield wipers completely and replacing them with a high-frequency electronic system that pumps sound waves through the windshield. This is the same exact technology used in modern day fighter jets. Not only does this high tech system deflect any water that comes in contact with the windshield almost instantly, but also any mud and even bugs. By removing the traditional wipers, the aerodynamics of a vehicle can be greatly improved and its weight reduced. As most of us are aware, coatings on the windshield just do not last. Products such as Rain-X may work temporarily, but after only 30 days (or sometimes less) of regular use, it must be reapplied. This is the first real solution to windshield wiper replacement ever, and a great idea at that. Sound too futuristic? Think again. McLaren’s 2015 models will all be windshield...Read More >

Does my windshield protect me from the sun?

June 17, 2013 at 2:54 pm

I never seem to get sunburned in the car although I can certainly feel the heat of the sun through the windows. Does car window glass block out the sun’s cancer-causing rays? Understanding your level of exposure to the sun’s rays when riding inside a vehicle means understanding a bit about UV radiation – and the types of glass used in automobile windows. Ultraviolet radiation is commonly divided into UVA, UVB and UVC. “They’re all just different wavelength bands of UV. The shortest waves being UVC, and UVA being the longest. UVC is the most damaging to organic tissue, but it’s also the one that is blocked mostly by the ozone layer and doesn’t get to us,” says Rob Vandal, vice-president of product engineering and development at Guardian Automotive. Guardian supplies OEM (original equipment) windshields to major auto makers, and its own brand for aftermarket distribution. UVB causes tanning and burning, and leads to photo-aging or skin damage. UVA also...Read More >

Summer Sun Causes Cracked Windshields

June 7, 2013 at 5:51 pm

4 Summertime Tips for Preventing Rock Chips from Cracking out your Windshield Cracked windshields are a summer tradition here in New Jersey. The sweltering sun takes a toll on your windshield, especially if it is already damaged. We get a lot of phone calls from people who wait too long to request an appointment…by the time they call us, cracks have already spread across the windshield, making it un-repairable. There were even a few instances when the windshield cracked out while we were driving to the customer’s location! That inexpensive windshield repair quickly became an expensive windshield replacement claim. Summer Windshield Care Tips Do you have a rock chip? Here are some hot weather care tips to help prevent a cracked windshield: Get rock chips repaired right away! Don’t wait to see if the chip is going to spread or not. Heat, road vibrations, even temperature and pressure changes can cause the smallest rock chip to spread suddenly across the...Read More >

Make sure to replace your wiper blades this summer!

June 7, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Are you as conscientious about your windshield wipers as you are about your car’s engine? Car safety is a critical concern for everyone. Worn wiper blades are dangerous. Because 90% of your driving decisions are based on a clear, unobstructed view of the road, it’s a critical safety concern that your car’s wipers provide you with the cleanest windshield possible. Ozone, airborne contaminants, oil, sunlight and dirt all act to weaken and reduce your wiper blades’ ability to keep your view unobstructed. And exposure to sunlight and ozone cause the wiper blades to age, even if they’re not used much. Weather also plays a critical role in your windshield wiper blades’ deterioration. Freezing temperatures make the rubber in your wiper blades hard and brittle, which increases their tendency to crack or tear. Hot weather warps the rubber and prevents the blade from wiping your windshield cleanly. Heavy use is hard on the wipers because dust, abrasives, road grime and bug...Read More >

If I have a large scratch in my windshield could it eventually break?

May 24, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Scratches are usually microscopic compared to the overall thickness of the windshield. Scratches are more often a visibility nuisance than a risk factor that could lead to further damage or breakage. The importance of clear vision plays a significant role in the safety of yourself and those around you. When not addressed, scratches can accumulate causing un-needed glare in the eyes of the driver. Some preventative maintenance and care can keep scratches from accumulating. Regular cleaning both the windshield and your windshield wipers will minimize the small particles of dirt that are often responsible for scratches. Remember to never operate your windshield wipers on a dry windshield. Small scratches can be removed from the glass by using a polishing agent such as Bon-Ami. Deep scratches often need to buffed out with industrial equipment and a materials such as cerium oxide. However, removing a deep scratch within a concentrated area can cause the windshield surface to distort and become uneven. This...Read More >

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