Safety is not automatic in kind; you have to think about it. Here are some safety tips with respect to auto glass repair that you should keep in mind:
Not all auto glass is created equal
Different manufacturers must comply with different safety regulations. To this extent, not all auto glass is made of the same material and should not be used interchangeably with another model. Before attempting to replace your auto glass yourself, consult with a professional.
Never drive with a cracked windshield
The windshield is not only designed to keep things out of the car but to keep drivers and passengers in the vehicle in the event of an accident. Additionally, the windshield facilitates the correct course of deployment for the airbag so that it keeps you safe. When the windshield is cracked, even just a little, its structural integrity is compromised, putting you in danger.
Never change your auto glass yourself
Broken glass can easily cause injury. Even if you think all of the glass has been removed, tiny pieces can become lodged in the lining of your windshield and subsequently in your hands and fingers. Never break a windshield or window deliberately even if it is beyond repair. Always consult with a professional for your auto repair needs.
Let the glue set before driving
Many individuals become impatient after having their windshield replaced and choose to drive off. This is a mistake. Always wait at least forty-five minutes for the glue to set before driving off with your new windshield. Failure to do so may result in the depreciation of the windshield’s structural integrity.
Do not apply direct heat to your new windshield
It may be tempting but do not use your defrosters to deice your new windshield or while driving. Heat from the inside of the car against the super-cooled air outside can cause cracks.
About The Author:
Pat McKemy is the Owner of First Call Auto Glass, a reputed auto windshield replacement shop located in Oceanside, CA. Pat and the First Class team are known for their ‘Safety First’ approach to their auto windshield replacement, repair and installation services. Pat takes pride in providing high quality repair and installation along with his expert staff, who have over 40 years experience.