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what to know about auto repair for pickup trucks

The windshield in your pickup truck is more than just glass - it is a safety mechanism. It’s important to keep your truck’s glass in shape and fix any scratches or breaks immediately, otherwise, it won’t function properly. Autoglass repair for pickup trucks is more important than other vehicles because it has to be done properly by extremely experienced professionals who can select and install just the right glass. 

man cleaning snow from car windshield with brush in winter morning. transportation, winter, weather.

Virginia winters are tough on your vehicle’s windshields and windows. Preparing your autoglass and yourself with the right information is vital, so that you can take care of any situations before they become a problem. 

rear view mirror exterior outside covered with a layer of dust closeup of a dry dirty red car with rubber blades on wipers of windscreen, nobody.

It may seem no matter where you park, sticky residue always finds its way onto your windshield. Road grime, tree sap, bird droppings and a host of other environmental factors will result in your windshield having an array of sticky stuff on it. There are some ways that are safer and work better than others. 

Big truck of load in movement on highway.

Auto glass care on your big rig should be a top priority for safety. Cracked glass or glass that causes limited visibility can result in an accident. Keeping the windshield free of debris and clean inside and out is pretty simple, but there are some routine actions you can take to make sure your auto glass is safe as can be. 

Bulldozer, Excavator and Soil compactor on road work. Earth-moving heavy equipment and Construction machinery during land clearing, grading, pool excavation, utility trenching and digging

The glass in trucks, bulldozers, farming tractors, and other commercial and large vehicles is the backbone of safety for the workers operating these machines. At Smiley’s Glass, we’ve been servicing heavy equipment glass for decades in the area, with a variety of companies relying on us to provide the top-quality customer safety glass they need to keep projects moving. Even a small crack or hole in the glass can expose your employees to a variety of dangers, and the best maintenance for heavy equipment glass is professional services. 

Close up, Car glazing, fixing and repairing a windshield

Whether you’ve got a chip, crack, or hole in your windshield, you’re probably wondering how much money it’ll take to fix it. Depending on how the damage occurred and what kind of insurance you have, filing a claim may be worthwhile. 

A web of radial splits, cracks on the triplex windshield.

If you’ve found yourself in a situation where you need a new windshield, don’t panic. The experts at Smiley’s Glass are here to help you with the best quality materials and service. We follow strict safety standards as prescribed by the Auto Glass Safety Council’s Automobile Glass Replacement Safety Standard (AGRSS) process. Once we have your new windshield installed, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself and your investment.

View of a small narrow road with a beautiful forest landscape from car window

Fog (also known as condensation) on your interior vehicle windows is a huge problem for your car during the winter. It limits your visibility, making it difficult and unsafe to drive. If you’re on the road and your windows are fogging up, here’s a quick list to help you defog it fast:

Criminal incident. Hacking a car. Broken driver\'s side window of car. Thieves smashed window of car with fragments inside, glass was scattered throughout. Crime - broken window and theft belongings

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. 

broken car window, an accident on the road.

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.

The windshield of the car is stained with feces of birds.

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. 

automobile windshield glass repair service. Car glass or chip crack repairing

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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