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how can rust be preventedThere’s no worse feeling than discovering rust on your vehicle. It may appear as a brown spot on your fender or even a bubble in your car’s paint along one of the door panels. No matter how it appears, rust is an unwelcome sight. It signifies that the iron or steel in your vehicle has begun to corrode, weakening the structural integrity and safety of your vehicle. Furthermore, the presence of rust on your vehicle can also prohibit certain vehicle maintenance from occurring like windshield or window replacements. That’s why the Smiley’s Glass team has put together this guide to help you navigate the different kinds of rust that may appear on your vehicle so you can react appropriately before the problem gets out of hand.

Nature Macro tree Sap DrippingWe’ve all been there. You return to your vehicle after finding that coveted, shady parking spot underneath a tree when you realize that perfect parking spot has left your vehicle coated in sticky drops of tree sap. If you’ve ever found yourself in this situation, then you’re sure to understand how difficult it can be to get rid of the mess on your car. Simply wiping away the sap almost never works and can often leave an even larger streak of tree sap on your vehicle. For that reason, many people simply leave the tree sap on their vehicle. We’re here to tell you that’s never a good idea.

While it’s incredibly easy to just leave the tree sap on your vehicle and hope that it will wear off over time, it’s important that you take action immediately to avoid damage to your car. Tree sap can be damaging when it’s found on either your car’s paint or the windshield glass. According to Leonard Raykinsteen, a paint material engineer at Nissan, tree sap “will certainly cause paint damage if left untreated for a longer period of time."

Man driving car in rain weatherFall is finally here! The leaves are beginning to change, children have returned to school and the evenings are beginning to feel cooler. But what’s the downside of this beautiful season? Out of each of the four seasons, fall is easily the most damaging to your vehicle’s windshield. While you may not realize it, the fall conditions are perfect for a damaged windshield. Whether it’s a brand new chip or crack or the expansion of an existing one, fall can really do a number on your vehicle’s glass. That’s why we’ve put together this article to help you understand the  hazards that fall presents to your windshield and why you should act now before the weather continues to cool.

Bad Weather Driving trafficPicture this. You’re driving down the road when seemingly out of nowhere your windshield begins to fog up. Annoyed and frustrated, you do everything you can to fix the problem. You’ve frantically hit all of the climate control buttons and cranked up your windshield wipers but you’re still at a loss. We’ve all been there. A foggy windshield situation is not only incredibly frustrating but it is also very dangerous to you and other drivers. That’s why we’ve compiled this article to help you learn about the causes of foggy windows and how to prevent window fog in your vehicle altogether.

how to prevent windshield cracksWhen you think about the role of windshields as it relates to safety, the obvious answer is that they protect you from dust and other from striking you as you drive. However, there is a lot more that windshields do for car safety, including providing structural integrity to the car itself. Today's cars are meticulously designed to be as safe as possible, and the windshield plays a big part in ensuring that they are safe for passengers. Let’s look into some expected and some unexpected ways windshields make cars safer.

Car windshield with rain dropsAll cars require proper maintenance, and your car windows should be well maintained just like other safety systems in your car. Having good visibility to see the road ahead is important, but you may not realize the important role that car windshields play an important role in a crash, helping to reinforce the roof as well as preventing passengers from being ejected from the automobile.

To keep your car windows in tip-top shape, here are 6 maintenance tips from the pros that can save you money and keep you safe:

Perspective View Of Cracked Car WindshieldA crack in the windshield happens when an object strikes the glass with sufficient force to cause the crack. We’ve seen all sorts of ways car glass can break. A typical scenario involves small rocks falling from a dump truck, or the tires of the car ahead flinging debris behind as it travels down the road. Whatever the reason for the crack, it's important that you know a reputable auto glass company for those moments your windshield needs repairing or replacing.

Driving with a cracked windshield is never a good idea. The crack could impede your ability to see the road ahead and therefore interfere with your ability to safely operate your vehicle. You should contact a reliable auto glass repair company soon after a crack appears on the windshield. Different factors determine how long you can drive with a crack on the windshield, which we will discuss in this article.

family smiling in car behind windshieldWhen you think about the role of windshields as it relates to safety, the obvious answer is that they protect you from dust and other from striking you as you drive. However, there is a lot more that windshields do for car safety, including providing structural integrity to the car itself. Today's cars are meticulously designed to be as safe as possible, and the windshield plays a big part in ensuring that they are safe for passengers. Let’s look into some expected and some unexpected ways windshields make cars safer.

Car Windshield Held By RobotWe don’t really think much about car windshields – which is remarkable, considering how important a job they do for us! Let’s look into the fascinating world of windshield manufacturing and look at the problems the manufacturers have to tackle.

Old Car Windshield Early cars and other automobiles used to have an open design and there were no windshields. The drivers had to wear shades or goggles to protect their eyes from any dust or other in the air, such as insects. This became very uncomfortable and impractical with the passage of time, until the windshield was invented circa 1904.

It was a major shift for vehicles – going from being an open-air vehicle to a more covered one. It was also one of the best things that could ever happen to cars.

However, since the early stages, the windshield glass used to shatter easily upon impact. This was somewhat counterproductive because it caused more injuries as compared to just wearing goggles.

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