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It’s a terrible scenario to walk up to - you’re going to work, you walk up to where your car is parked, and find the windows smashed to pieces. Whether it was an accident or a malicious theft situation, fixing your windows is actually fairly easy. There are a few steps you should take to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you. Here’s a step-by-step guide on what to do after finding that your car window is broken. 

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Avoiding every pebble and other nuisances as you’re driving is near impossible. Roads are littered with unseen risks to vehicles. Your windshield is particularly vulnerable. Here are some key steps to help avoid damage.

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There are some unavoidable risks when parking your vehicle. Yet there are some minor adjustments that you can make to avoid unnecessary risk of damage. These tips will go a long way to helping you avoid auto glass mishaps. 


Broken windshield of a car

Cracks or chips in a windshield are not uncommon so it can seem trivial when it happens. You should know that it’s actually not only a safety concern but also a legal issue if you are driving with a cracked or chipped windshield. The crack’s severity and location play a key role in determining the legality. The rules and regulations governing windshields vary from state to state.

Broken windshield of a car

As you're driving your windshield is vulnerable to many road hazards, such as rocks and debris flying down the road. It can become damaged at any moment, and any chips or cracks may compromise the safety of your passengers.

automobile windshield or windscreen replacement

Having your vehicle’s windshield properly replaced when the time comes with top-quality parts is vital to your safety on the road. A correctly installed windshield is integral to the structure of your car, reducing impact and damage in the event of a crash. Although there are DIY guides, it’s recommended to take your car to an auto glass shop when you need a full replacement. 

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Although windshields are built to withstand a lot of the dangers of the road, there comes a time when even the most trusty windshield cracks and breaks. This may be due to a road accident or flying debris - whatever it is, it’s always an inconvenience. It’s incredibly unsafe to drive around with a cracked windshield, especially if it is in your line of vision. You likely want to take care of the problem right away and may be tempted to use a windshield repair kit.

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When your vehicle’s windshield cracks or breaks, you may be left feeling frustrated. It’s definitely a costly inconvenience that most people hate to run into. It may even leave you wondering if you should attempt to fix it yourself, or if you have to take it to a shop.

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Tempered glass is most commonly used for passenger side windows and the rear window on automobiles while laminated glass typically is reserved for your front windshield. When tempered glass breaks, it is designed to shatter into small pieces that are less likely to cause added injury or damage. Laminated glass is tough to break too as it’s made by creating layers involving glass and a specialized plastic layer, so it tends to bend and flex when hit with any force or blunt object. Both are manufactured for safety and made to absorb impact and break in the safest way possible to minimize risk of injury.


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All pickup trucks require a level of maintenance in order to maintain safety. If you drive a commercial pick up, repairing damages like windshield cracks are even more vital. Not only is it illegal in most states to drive around with a broken or cracked windshield, but it is also actually quite dangerous for the driver as well as any passengers.


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If you’ve had a new windshield installed you'll want to ensure it stays looking its best. It’s essential to know how to keep it clean using the proper equipment and methods. These vital tips will help you accomplish that.

What Quality Auto Glass Looks Like

A car’s windshield acts as one of its most important safety features during an accident, rollover or collision. In a collision, a properly installed windshield keeps you in the vehicle and acts as a backboard for the passenger-side airbag. In a rollover accident, the windshield supports the roof of your vehicle and prevents it from collapsing and injuring the vehicle’s occupants.

Key Ingredients in Quality Glass

At Smiley’s Glass, we take pride in only using the highest quality glass for our customers. We follow the Auto Glass Safety Council AGRSS Standard guidelines and only use tested and manufacturer-approved glass products. Ensuring that we offer our customers the best products comes down to the ingredients used to make the windshields we install. Here are some recommendations for anyone looking for a windshield replacement or repair.

Important Functions Your Windshield Performs

Windshields aren’t made from just any old glass. The materials used for your car are very specific, industry-standard and designed with strict safety standards in mind - including the windshield. It’s more than just your vantage point as you navigate the road, this type of glass is meant to protect you and your car in case of an accident. Windshields keep people inside the car should there be an impact, help facilitate airbag deployment, and even increase roof strength should the car roll.

What To Expect From Your Autoglass Technician

It’s stressful enough when your automobile’s window has been severely cracked, chipped or shattered. The vehicle can become unsafe to drive until you get it fixed. When you contact an auto glass repair shop you should rest assured that the process of fixing your vehicle will be a smooth and hassle-free experience and that the technicians are all thoroughly trained.

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