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With every passing day, we lament at the discourse that this world has taken part in. It is easier for people to take in news that sound unfortunate and gone are the days where it was really just black and white. Now, there is just a lot of grey area where some things are just unexplainable, unfathomable and unsolvable.
The Police Should Have Been More Lenient
While we trust the law makers and the law keepers to protect us from the perils of the world, with the current situation, we can’t exactly place a lot of trust in them. We have either been victims or have a friend who has been a victim of such mishaps.
Below is a harrowing tale of an experience by a Nick Berlin which involved his windshield and a cop.
Man gets penalized for a defective vehicle just outside the repair shop:
Nick Berlin had an appointment at 3.30 pm with his auto repair shop for repairing his cracked windshield. The cracked windshield was a result of the mindless action of a person who threw a rock at his windshield. And when things couldn’t get worse than that, he was stopped by a police officer who cited that he was operating an unsafe and a defective vehicle.
That was all true, but we have to remember that Nick was at the parking lot of the auto repair shop for his appointment. Despite having requested the police officer for some leniency, the officer wrote a ticket to Nick just 100 feet away from the repair shop. If he had been 5 minutes early, he could have gone in without the hassle and without the ticket.
At this point, we ask if the police are more interested in garnering revenues rather than assessing a situation with reason and logic. With the above anecdote, it is hard to think otherwise.
A man from Indianapolis had an unlikely story to share which involved his windshield. The rear windshield broke while he was sitting inside the car with the defroster on. From a usual point of view, it appeared like as if somebody has thrown a blunt and a heavy object at the windshield, which is a legit reason for the windshield cracking on its own with full force. The only thing missing upon investigation was the object which was ‘responsible’ for the breakage. Later, it turned out that the only culprit was the cold temperatures at that time.
What causes windshields to crack at low temperatures?
The reason is just elementary science. Glass expands and contracts with the fluctuations in temperatures. So, when there is a sudden change in temperature, the rate at which the glass can expand and contract can cause cracks and at certain situations like the man from Indianapolis experienced, it can break fully.
How to avoid windshields from breaking?
In order to avoid spending hundreds of dollars for cracked or broken windshields, the idea is to never defrost your windshield with hot water. With the sudden and uninvited introduction of hot temperature to the windshield, the glass will expand without warning and it will obviously pop your windshield. The trick is to use a defroster at a moderate temperature so that hot air is introduced gradually and the glass will ease into the surrounding temperature.
It was likely that the man from Indianapolis, who is known by the name Dave Mejean, turned the highest temperature of his windshield and it was probable that the windshield was unable to take the sudden change in temperature.
Besides spending a fortune on changing a windshield, money is not the only concern as glass can provide a danger to the people around it. The impact from the glass can cause serious injuries as well. So, make sure that the ice on the windshield is handled with care.
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.
One of the foremost and most common problems that car owners face is windshield cracks. There are several reasons for the cause of windshield damage and how to avoid them.
- Quality of Glass: Whether it is by the manufacturers or the replacement company, poor quality glass easily crack on bad roads or even on mild impact. The only way to avoid replacing the windshield is never to compromise high-quality windshield for the price.
- Installation: Improper installation due to poor craftsmanship and incorrect windshield can cause gaps. Installation by trained technicians with the right equipment and fittings can lessen vibration on the windshield and prevent cracks.
- Gravel Road: Debris from gravel road can hit your windshield while you drive through it or from other passing vehicles. Keep a safe distance as much as possible and try to avoid gravel roads under constructions
- Temperature: The pressure from extreme hot and cold weather can cause the windshield to expand on contract and cause the glass to crack.
- Sunlight: Most common reason for the cause of cracked windshield is extreme heat from the sun because the edges expand faster than the centre. You can avoid this breakage by parking in the shade whenever possible.
- Construction Vehicles: Materials like gravel and soil carried by construction vehicles can sometimes spill over on your windshield and cause it to crack. To prevent such incident, drive at a safe distance away from construction vehicles.
- Trees: Parking under a tree provides shade but falling broken branches, and hardened fruits from the tree could damage your windshield. It is advisable to park away from trees with fruits and inside a garage.
- Hail Stones: When hail falls on the windshield with speed and force, even small hailstones can cause chips and cracks. Driving in the opposite direction at a slower pace and using the wipers prevents severe damage.
- Air Pressure by Speeding: Speeding causes a change in pressure and stress on the windshield and forces it to break when it comes in contact with any external objects easily.
- Accidents: Unavoidable incidents such as a collision or accidents due to carelessness and sheer coincidence are also responsible for windshield cracks. They can be avoided by parking your car in a safe garage and being careful of your surroundings.
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Car glass repair in Scarborough is what we do best. Our technicians are highly qualified and certified and enjoy helping people on a daily basis. The process is very fast and much less painful than a doctor or dentist appointment. The important thing is that you get it taken care of as quickly as you can because, just like a cavity, it will get worse the longer you let it go.
Not all chips and cracks are repairable, but most are. When we say most, we mean that most chips and cracks are repairable at first. If something hits your glass and causes damage it’s usually going to affect just a small area of the car glass. As long as the damage is not much larger than a quarter it can be fixed with our special repair tool.
Wind Auto Glass’ certified technicians have specialized training and can expertly determine whether or not your car glass is able to be repaired or needs to be replaced altogether. If we have any one available we might even be able to visit you on location, depending how far away you are. We take any and all possible steps to insure 100% customer satisfaction. It’s what we’ve become known for since we’ve began performing car glass repair in Scarborough.
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