“A Freak Accident”
An unfortunate incident that involved a snowplough and a windshield of Kevin Hoffer’s car occurred on 28th November 2018 while he was driving on the highway through the Michigan Avenue overpass.
After the torrential snowfall the night before, a fully loaded county snowplough was clearing snow on the overpass just as Hoffer’s car was crossing the bridge below. What seemed like a regular errant run turned into a freak accident when the loaded snow started spilling below the bridge, and the snow fell over the windshield of Hoffer’s car and shattered the auto glass.
The whole episode was dramatically captured by the dash cam in the car to provide evidence of the incident.
Hoffer said that he intended to get off the highway on the next exit had the incident not taken place. He was unharmed, but the damage on the windshield could have caused severe dangers for him as it prevented him from having a clear view of the road and also threatening his safety if the cracked glass shatters on the street.
He was able to get off the highway safely without injuries, and his vehicle did not disrupt traffic.
Hoffer was luckily enough to have solid proof of the incident through his webcam.
His insurance company has decided to pay for most of the replacement fee which is expected at $600. But since the insurance company will only be covering a part of the cost, he hopes that the county will pay for the rest of the fees.
The Advantage of a Dash Cam
With the winters setting in, drivers are advised to prepare their cars for the oncoming winter chills and take necessary precautions for their safety. Installing a dash cam and quality windshield is a must to stay safe and secure.
Like Hoffer’s incident, if you face such unpredictable events, dash cams are handy in providing evidence and could save your life and expenditure.
On December 3, 2018, Lincoln Police, Neb., took a man into custody after he smashed his car into a tree and a retaining wall while he was driving with his head out of the window like “Ace Ventura”.
The Movie Reference
Ace Ventura is a movie starring Jim Carey who plays the role of a pet detective but loses his mind and does crazy stunts throughout the 1994 comedy movie. The film includes a scene where Ace Ventura drives with his head out of the side window because of his shattered windshield.
According to the police in Lincoln, the man was driving like Ace Ventura because the wipers of his car windshield were not working.
At the time of the incident, there was torrential rainfall, but since his wipers were not working and he could not see the road, he had to resort to sticking his head out of the window to have a better view of the way.
The man had reportedly fled the scene of the single car incident after he hit a retaining wall and a tree with the car.
However, police were quick to identify the culprit, and the authorities contacted him in a short while.
Unfortunately, the man was checked for driving under the influence and was found guilty with over .137 blood-alcohol report!
Few people responded to the news for arresting an arbitrated driver whose intention was to avoid crashing his car.
But it should be noted that it was sheer luck and carelessness on his part for failing to check the functions of his vehicle.
The unfortunate event could have been avoided had the driver taken proper considerations about putting his head out of the window and driving under the influence which is both against safe driving rules.
Checking if all the car’s parts are working regularly before driving them can also eliminate such incidents in the future.
Running late for work but you still have to waste ten to fifteen minutes to get your car engine working or scrape the snow from your windshield? The winters make it terrible for people in a rush. Instead of doing the daily heat blasting and scraping, here are useful hacks for your car in the cold weather.
Frozen Car Lock
If you are in an emergency and you try to rush but find that the lock is frozen, use a hand sanitizer to rub in on your car keys and the keyhole. Leave it for a few seconds; wipe it away to prevent the paint job from chipping.
You can also use a lighter to warm the keys, insert in the keyhole, let the heat melt the frost and you are good to go!
Defrosting the Windshield
Before you park your car, wipe the windshield with warm wax and rub it clean. Once you start defrosting, the windscreen will remain clear, and the wax will prevent it from getting fogged again and again.
Unfogging the Windshields
Collect silica gel packets from packaged food and clothing. Scatter them close to the windshield or windows to absorb moisture and smell.
Preventing Frosty Side View Mirrors
Cover the side view mirrors with gallon bags and leave them overnight. You can easily remove the frosted bag, wipe off the residue and quickly drive away with defrosted mirrors.
Spreading cat litter on the track will absorb the moisture on the trail and give you some traction to move the car. If you don’t have cat litter in handy, use your car mat over the slippery area for adhesion.
Defrosting the Windshield
Keep a mixture of one part water and three parts vinegar to spray on the windscreen and remove stubborn ice stuck on the car.
Never use hot water to defrost the ice on your car as it will crack the glass or paint and brittle the metal parts.
Always heat your engine for a few seconds to warm the battery before driving off.
With the chilly winters fast approaching in central North Carolina, many vehicles owners are warned to take extra precautions to prevent their vehicles from extreme weather damages and for road safety.
Here are essential tips to better prepare for the snowfall which is expected to create dangerous sleet, frosting and ice.
Clearing the View
It is essential to ensure that the driver has a clear view of the road. The outside and the inside of the windshield should be wiped clean with a snow scraper or brush to remove the accumulated snow.
Clearing a Fogged Windshield
When the windshield of the car remains closed, it gets fogged from within the vehicle. Wipe the fogged windshield for temporary clarity but to keep the windows from fogging again, turn on the defroster upwards so warm up the windshield.
If you are unfamiliar with your car appliances, the defroster is indicated by an icon with three curved arrows on the dashboard. Once the windshield is clear, turn the heat towards your convenient direction to heat the rest of the interiors of the car.
Check Wiper and Wiper Blades
While defrosting the windshield, ensure that the windshield wiper is also in proper condition. Check for worn-out of chipped wiper blades to prevent streaking the windshield which makes it vulnerable to breakage in extreme heat or cold weather.
Under the Hood
Battery life: make sure that you have a powered battery to prevent trouble while starting the engine.
Check Radiators: Radiators should be checked and flushed within two years to keep the coolant and antifreeze running.
Refill washer fluid: clear washer fluid makes the wiper blades useless in cleaning the grit from the windshield.
Ensure that the tyre pressure and thread are in top condition so that the car can thread through snow-covered areas with ease and that the thread is conditioned well to grasp enough traction on slippery roads.
Lastly, check your exhaust and have an emergency kit with winter supplies in the car along with snacks, food, coat, gloves and a blanket in case you find someone stuck in the cold.
A windshield is probably the last thing that anybody associates with the law. You wouldn’t think there would be any law associated with it, but in reality, it’s the complete adverse of it. In fact, cracked windshields are considered a serious offence in many countries including Canada. This is because a broken windshield can be life-threatening for the driver and the passengers as well, due to limited visibility.
Why A Broken/Damaged Windshield Is Dangerous
The windshield can be considered as the first line of defence of your car. Think about it; the windshield takes all the impact of the extremely dangerous and high-speed winds directly. It also acts as your primary shielding element in case of any unfortunate accidents. Proper and strong windshield, therefore, becomes vital for your security.
A cracked windshield also compromises the physical integrity of your front-end car structure, and this ultimately results in severe injuries in case of any collision, especially front-end collision.
Importance Of Windshield
A professional car racer or someone with a good knowledge of car aerodynamics will tell you how important the windshield is. The windshield apart from protecting you from external environmental weather conditions also plays a crucial role in transferring the front-end impact force to the car chassis. This, in short, allows your car to run more smoothly and stable even at high speeds.
Also one of the key functions of a windshield is that it holds the car’s airbag mechanism in proper place. If your windshield is damaged, the airbag system doesn’t deploy correctly, hence increasing the chances of sustaining serious injuries.
Deal With Broken Windshield Legally
Often times it happens that insurance companies don’t include the windshield damage in their policy. Or in short, they refuse to assist you financially when you have a broken or damaged windshield. It is important for you to know that it is your legal right to claim your car insurance for your broken windshield as well.
We at familymattersplus ensure professional lawyers to help you deal with your insurance providers legally. For more information and legal advice visit our website at https://www.familymattersplus.com
Knowing Your Rights
When you have a broken windshield or when need a replacement or repair
- It is your right to choose whichever auto glass repair shops suit your preference and not to be dictated by the insurers.
- If your windshield is broken by accident and it is not your fault, you can request the one responsible for the damage to pay for the repair or replacement. If that is too much, you can negotiate compensation or mediate the situation.
- You can file an insurance claim with your insurance provider to cover for the damage.
Facing the Challenges
With the numbers and price of windshield replacement and repairs escalating at an alarming rate and provincial courts burdened with pending cases, the pressing need for efficient lawyers is more crucial than ever.
Many insurance companies are handing out a paltry sum of money for insurance claims, and many clients are getting tired of it. The insurers must provide full financial support for the auto glass claim. Otherwise, it becomes a breach of contract which can be settled in court.
Dragging the matter to court for a fair settlement is what most car owners hope for, but that is not the usual case as it takes longer than expected, leaving many frustrated and in debt.
Settling the Matter
- We can help you check your insurance coverage and equip you with legal advice,
- Represent you in court and claim your rights.
- If you are not satisfied with the judgment of the court, we can further create arbitrations and negotiate the compensation in your favour with the other party within the limitations of the law.
- The lawyer at Abi Law can introduce a collaborative law to find a settlement that can appease both parties efficiently.
If you need legal advice for your auto glass claims or any damages on your car, visit http://abilaw.ca/.
It was men who initially dominated the auto glass repair work, but there have always been women involved in the business. The role of women in the automotive industry is significantly gaining recognition, and some women have even started their independent venture in the auto repair work.
New Programs for Women
Several programs especially target women who are new in the business and also for women who had been there for many years. Two such programs that changed the game for women are Women in Trades and #WomenRockRepair.
#WomenRockRepair is a group that highlights women in the auto glass business. It was established by Shiloh Spoo who was inspired by a friend to specifically focus on women when they noticed that women were overshadowed at the previous years’ Auto Glass Week awards ceremony.
The movement gained momentum, and #WomenRockRepair has since mentored women groups to join and establish them in the windshield repair and replacement industry. This program also sponsors women to compete in the Windshield Repair Competition by sponsoring the entry fees and training them in the business.
The Women in the Trade scholarship program have also been providing support and mentoring women for over a decade. With the initiative to provide scholarships for women wanting to pursue this career, they train and offer opportunities to work with experts. They choose five women every semester and offer them opportunities to further their skills.
Suzanne Allan who encourages Shiloh Spoo was the first woman to win the Windshield Repair competition in 2018. She claims that her husband inspired her to enter the contest after he won earlier. It was an achievement that opened the possibilities for many other women as well, and she encourages other women to follow their dreams.
Programs such as #WomenRockRepair and Women in the Trade have greatly helped in highlighting the possibilities of any woman and will continue to produce efficient and skilled women in the auto glass industry.
With the advancement in automobile technology, many drivers are finding it hard to maintain the unexpected repair bills even for minor damages in the new models and upgraded old model vehicles.
Reason for the Skyrocketing Prices
According to new research by AAA in Heathrow, the advanced system installed on vehicles is costing twice the amount. Features such as a blind spot monitoring, emergency braking and lane departure warning comes with high expenditure that most vehicle owners are not yet aware of.
Minor collision can cause a financial loss especially when the damaged sensors are located behind the bumpers, windshield and door mirrors. Such repairs could cost over $3000 when professionals do not fix them.
What Vehicle Owners Should Know
It is therefore crucial for the owners to understand the technology, model, performance and cost of the technology that they are using in their vehicles to be financially prepared for maintenance if something should happen to their car.
Location and type of the sensors used in the vehicle and where to find replacement and repair cost are some variables to consider while purchasing or installing safety features in a car. Being informed about the price variable can significantly cut down the cost and duration of repair works.
For standard ADAS repair in Orlando, the price ranges are as follows:
Vehicles with front radar sensors, adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking systems cost between $900to $1,300
Cars with rear radar sensors, rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring systems cost around $850 to $2,050
If your vehicle supports front camera sensors along with adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, lane keeping and lane departure warning systems, the cost of repair excluding the cost of windshield replacement will range from $850 to $1900.
Rear camera sensor, side mirror or front mirror along with around-view system would cost $500 to $1,100.
Ultrasonic sensors on the rear or front of the vehicle used with parking assist systems costs between $500 to $1300.
The installation of an advanced driving automatic system has dramatically increased the safety of drivers and car owner alike but at a high price to pay.
Why Does Windshield Repair Cost More?
Most vehicles with ADAS has cameras on the windshield, rear or back mirrors and since windshield are mirrors are prone to damage, the cost of replacing and repairing the safety sensors have skyrocketed according to the latest research shown by East Central AAA.
Advanced safety features installed on new models such as automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure and lane keeping sensors use cameras to detect dangers. They are highly effective in providing safety and easier manoeuvring of vehicles.
Comparing Repair Price
While the cost of repairing or replacing windshield was about $450 to $800, the sensors used by these advanced systems on the windshield makes it harder to maintain them. Since these camera sensors require quality windshield glass and correct installation, the cost of repairing or replacing is bound to rise too.
Minor damages or dents on the bumper, door or cracks on the windshield often require full replacement of the camera sensors as it obscures the accuracy of the image or modifies the system program. The whole system needs recalibration even due to small changes. Therefore the cost of auto glass replacement and repair has gone up to about $1,500 recently.
Preparations For Car Owners
Car owners should understand the kind of technology they are using, made and model of their cars before considering advance safety systems for the vehicle. The can also perform insurance policy check-up to ensure that they can cover for the rising expenses and have some idea about the changes in the cost of repair.
While the chances of collision are minor, accidents do happen and these advanced technologies are sensitive, so car owners are expected to understand that the cost of safety is no longer cheap and repair bills are undeniably and reasonably higher.
A breakthrough in the security and safety of windshield was made by an independent test conducted in the Netherlands at BIOS-groep on May 8, 2018, by the manufacturers of the advanced nanotechnology company of C-Bond Technology.
C-Bond is a scientifically tested auto glass repair product that has been and commercially proven effective in preventing and restoring damages on the vehicle windshield. It is confirmed to have significantly improved the safety, strength and durability of window and glass film products without compromising on the performance.
The Test Process
Thoms Automotive conducted the test for 4 ½ months on 54 vehicle fleet out of which were 20 Tesla X vehicles. C-bond NanoShield was applied to each car and driven for over one million kilometres. They were checked every 14 days for any sign of damage. When the tests were concluded on September 25, 2018, it showed that not one of the windshields required any repair or replacement from any fatalities.
Before the test with C-Bond NanoShield, 54 other vehicles were initially tested. At this experiment, three windshields had to be replaced due to breakage, and it cost a considerable sum of $1800 on the team.
Thom Automotive has now received an order to treat the remaining vehicles with C-Bond NanoShield to prevent further damages on the windshield.
Successfully Tested Proof and Future Hopes
The C-Bond Sytems, Inc., has been trying to establish their reputation as a solid nanotechnology glass and windshield product provider and the success of the recent test has validated their claim on a high investment return for customers. They have lessened the cost of repair and replacement works and claim to have reduced the cost of automobile insurance for any vehicles.
With these proven tests, the proprietors of C-Bond NanoShield hope to raise the value of their products in the automobile industry from their headquarters in Houston, Texas.