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Spring Car Maintenance Checklist 2019, Part 1

Spring has sprung, which means it’s time for your annual car maintenance checklist for 2019! Here at Denver Mobile Auto Glass, we want to help you maintain the look, feel, and function of your vehicle to ensure your safety, your passengers’ safety, and the safety of others on the road. What’s more, spring is known for its unpredictable weather here in Denver, so it’s essential to ensure your vehicle is in tip-top shape so it can handle whatever Mother Nature has in store.

Today, let’s take a look at some of the best ways to prepare your vehicle for spring to ensure it functions optimally at all levels in order to keep you safe. Ready to spring into the new season with a new windshield? Reach out to your Top Rated Local® experts and we’ll repair or replace your auto glass in Denver, Lakewood, and Golden.

Car Maintenance Tips for Spring 2019

Check All Your Bulbs

Headlights are crucial for seeing what’s ahead of you at night and when one or both are burned out, it’s not only dangerous — it’s illegal. While your headlights are of the utmost importance, as are your brake lights, your turning signals, your fog lights, and all those bulbs on the interior of your car. Be sure to check all bulbs and replace any that have burned out, are broken, or appear dimmer than others.

This is also a good time to check the light covers on the front and rear of your vehicle. Cracked, chipped, or missing light covers can limit the life of your bulbs and leave them susceptible to breakage. Plus, damaged light covers are a great way to get pulled over.

Inspect Your Tires

Your tires are put through a lot during winter. Now’s a great chance to inspect them for signs that it’s time to replace them. Check the tire pressure, the tread, and be sure to swap out your winter tires for all-season tires. Additionally, inspect your tires for nails that may have become lodged in your tire. If you notice that any of your tires seem to consistently lose pressure frequently, there may be a slow leak. You’ll want to have that repaired or replaced for safe travels all spring. These checks will help make your car more gas-efficient and safer.

Check Your Wiper Blades

Those poor wiper blades get pretty beat up during winter. While we recommend replacing your wiper blades at least every six months, it’s also a good idea to change them with each new season to ensure efficiency. Check your blades for missing or failing sections of the squeegee. If the metal component of the blade is the only thing scraping across your windshield, you’re actually harming the surface of your windshield with each swipe of the blade. There are a range of wiper blades to choose from, and plenty which are high-quality, yet affordable. Don’t forget about the wiper on your rear window, if you have one.

Replace Damaged Auto Glass

If you’ve been putting off repairing your windshield since last summer, now’s a good time to bring it into Denver Mobile Auto Glass where we can inspect it and recommend a windshield repair or windshield replacement. If you can’t come to us, we’re happy to come to you with our mobile auto glass service. Don’t put your safety at risk by driving with a damaged windshield when we offer affordable, high-quality windshield replacements that are completed with 100 percent customer satisfaction. And don’t let the cost stop you from getting a windshield installation, as we can work with your insurance company to cover all or most of the cost. Contact us to learn more about insurance coverage for auto glass maintenance.

Contact Us For Auto Glass In Denver

Are you ready to spring into the new season with a fresh, new windshield? We can help! Contact your Top Rated Local® experts when you need to repair or replace your auto glass in Denver. Our team of technicians is experienced, reliable, and dedicated customer satisfaction. Give us a call or reach out to us online to get an estimate for a windshield replacement and schedule a service today. Be sure to join us next time for more great tips!

Want to enhance the style and UV protection of your auto glass? Be sure to ask about our window tinting services to prepare your car for all the sunny days ahead.

Spring Into The New Season With These Auto Glass Tips

Spring has finally sprung here in Colorado! While many residents are enjoying the longer days and warmer weather, there’s still the potential for some serious snowstorms to hit. If you’ve lived along the Front Range for the last decade, you know that spring is when we get some of our harshest weather. With the “Bomb Cyclone” that hit Denver recently, that is a sure sign there is more inclement weather ahead.

Today, the Denver Mobile Auto Glass team will share a few springtime auto glass care tips with you to help prevent windshield damage from occurring. Is your vehicle ready for a repair or replacement? Don’t spend hours searching “auto glass Denver” when your Top Rated Local® windshield replacement experts are just a call away.

Handy Springtime Auto Glass Care Tips

Don’t Park Under Trees

If you there’s bad weather on the way, avoid parking under trees and low-hanging foliage that could damage your auto glass. Those heavy, wet snowstorms we get in March, April, and sometimes May, can snap even the heaviest branches. The last thing you want is to have your car parked in the pathway of a falling branch.

Don’t Put Away Your Ice Scraper

While these warmer days can make it seem like the snow is gone, don’t be deceived by the Colorado sunshine. Chances are, you’ll put away your ice scraper for the next six months, and then one of those crazy storms will hit while you’re at work, and you won’t have anything to clear the snow and ice away except your poor, cold hand.

Repair Rock Chips Immediately

If you’ve been putting off those rock chip repairs, now’s the time to address them. You see, with the roller coaster temperatures that are characteristic of springtime in Colorado, the rapid changes can worsen existing auto glass damage. That tiny miniscule chip is suddenly a giant crack stretching across the length of your windshield.

Use Good Wipers

Between the snow and the rain that Colorado gets during spring, you want to make sure you have good wiper blades to keep your windshield clear. Replace wiper blades that have fallen apart and keep your wiper blades functioning properly by wiping them down with a cloth and rubbing alcohol or glass cleaner.

Keep Your Wiper Fluid Topped Off

Don’t get caught in a springtime snowstorm without windshield wiper fluid. Top your wiper fluid off weekly to ensure you’re always fully stocked.

Get A Windshield Replacement

If your windshield, side windows, or rear windscreen are damaged beyond the point of repair, continuing to drive with severely damaged auto glass is dangerous — to you, your passengers, and other drivers. If your windshield is riddled with spidering cracks that make nearly impossible to see as you drive, it’s time for new auto glass. Our technicians have the skill, top-notch equipment, and high-quality materials to install a fresh, new windshield on your vehicle. When you need a windshield replacement in Denver, there’s only one name you can trust: Denver Mobile Auto Glass. Call us today!

Tricks to Make Your Windshield Wipers Last Longer

Windshield wipers are a valuable component of your front, and some cases, rear windshield. When they aren’t functioning properly, they can damage the surface of your auto glass, which can lead to a windshield repair. Due to Colorado’s seasons, high altitude, and unpredictable weather patterns, a good rule of thumb is to replace your windshield wipers at least every six months here in Denver. Windshield wipers range in price and quality, and oftentimes, you get what you pay for. But there are ways to make your wipers last — if you care for them properly.

For those thrifty folks out there who want to make their windshield wipers last as long as possible, we have some tricks you can follow to extend the life of your wiper blades. And remember, when you need to replace or repair your auto glass in Denver, there’s only one team you can trust: Denver Mobile Auto Glass. Read on to learn our tips!

Helpful Hints to Extend the Life of Your Wiper Blades

Follow these pro tips for getting the most out of your wiper blades!

When It Snows…

When we get those heavy, wet snowstorms here in Denver and beyond, it can be difficult to clear the snow away, especially when there is a frozen layer of ice covering the windshield. Oftentimes, it’s easy to just frantically scrap the windshield when it’s freezing cold and you’re running late for work, which can damage the squeegee component of the blade. There are ways, however, to clean your windshields of ice and snow without damaging your wipes.

Hint: If you know it’s going to snow while you sleep or while your car is parked outside during work, simply lift your wiper blades up and away from the windshield. This will prevent your wiper blades from sticking to the auto glass, making it much easier to clear them of snow and ice without damaging them. If you forget to lift your wipers, avoid scraping your auto glass with the blades down. Doing so can prevent damage to the rubber wiper blade. Additionally, give your vehicle a chance to warm up while running the defrost. This can make it easier to scrape a layer of ice on the windshield.

Routine Wiper Maintenance…

Maintaining your wiper blades can make them last longer. When dirt, debris, and ice melt build-up on the blades, it scratches the surface of the windshield, causing more and more damage to occur with time. Here are some helpful tips to follow for weekly wiper blade care:

Hint: Clean your wiper blades using warm water, windshield wiper fluid, and a durable cloth. This removes dirt and debris buildup that cakes your wiper blades over time — especially in the spring and winter. Additionally, keep your windshield clean with routine cleanings every week, which can allow the wiper blades to move over them easier.

Call Denver’s Auto Glass Experts

Following these simple tips may extend the life of your wiper blades, but keep in mind that when they start squeaking, scraping, streaking, or splitting, you’ll want to replace them right away. What’s more, it’s always smart to replace your wiper blades at the start of a new season. Want to learn more about wiper blades? Read our recent article that outlines Six Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Wiper Blades. Knowing when it’s time to replace them can spare your windshield damage as a result of old wiper blades.

If your windshield is riddled with rock chips, cracks, and other types of damage, your best bet is to call us for a Top Rated Local® windshield replacement in Denver. If your auto glass can be fixed with a repair, we can do that, too! Call or click to find out why we’re Denver’s favorite auto glass company!

How To Make Your Vehicle Safer In 2019

Now that 2019 is here, you’ve probably started making strides towards achieving goals on your list of New Year’s resolutions such as eating healthier, working out more, and getting to bed earlier. But what may not have made it on your list is to “be a safer driver.” Here at Denver Mobile Auto Glass, we’re big supporters of this particular goal, as we want everyone driving in and around Denver to be a safe driver. This can not only better protect you and your passengers, but also others on the road. In the spirit of making New Year’s resolutions, we wanted to take advantage of this opportunity to share with you ways you can not only be a better driver, but also make your vehicle safer. If you want to start by repairing or replacing that damaged auto glass you keep putting off, give us a call to get a quote for auto glass in Denver. Otherwise, continue reading to learn our tips!

Six Ways to Make Your Vehicle Safer in 2019

Test Your Brakes Frequently

Brakes are one of — if not the — most important safety features of your vehicle. They help you slow down from going incredibly fast speeds, and keep you from slamming into people, cars, pets, buildings, and a million other things on a daily basis. Like all other features, your brakes are meant to last for a long time — but not forever. Your brakes, and each component of your brake system, need to be replaced regularly to function optimally. If you notice unusual high-pitched noises when slowing down, you feel a vibration, or worst of all, you press the brake pedal to the floor and your car doesn’t stop, it’s time to have your brakes replaced. At the very least, it’s good to have your brakes tested whenever you take your car in for an oil change.    

Check Your Headlights Once a Week

When your headlights, brake lights, or signal lights burn out, your vehicle becomes a driving hazard. When your headlights go out, even if it’s just one of them, it decreases your ability to see what’s in front of your vehicle when driving at night. People typically turn on their brights so the extra light bulb functions as a normal headlight, but this can create a blinding light for other drivers heading toward you.

What’s more, when a brake light goes out, this can trick other drivers to thinking your vehicle is a motorcycle with a single brake light — especially when driving on dark back roads and winding mountain passes. When your signal light doesn’t work, this could cause someone to slam into you when you suddenly stop and turn without warning. Bottom line: check your lights weekly to ensure they’re working properly. It’s always a good idea to keep spare bulbs in your glove box or emergency car kit so you always have one when you need it.  

Replace Your Windshield Wipers Regularly

This is one of the simplest ways to ensure you have a clear line of vision when driving, yet it’s one of the most ignored car maintenance tasks. A good rule of thumb is to replace your windshield wipers at least once every six months. However, if your wiper blades show signs of wear and tear before that point, replace them. Some of the signs it’s time to change your wiper blades include:

  • The rubber squeegee is frayed, falling apart, or completely missing.
  • You hear scratching sounds when running your wipers.
  • There are constant smudges, smears, and streak marks on your windshield.
  • Your windshield never seems to get clean.
  • The wiper blades don’t touch your windshield.
  • Ice and other debris like mud accumulate on your wipers.

Check Your Tires

It’s important to have good tires — especially in Colorado — where we experience all kinds of weather that affect driving conditions and surface conditions. When your tires are bald, your vehicle is at a greater risk of sliding into an object. One simple way to check the tread on your tires is by using a penny. Hold a penny with Lincoln’s head facing down and stick it into the lowest part of the tread. If the tread covers Lincoln’s head, your tires are good to go. Otherwise, it’s time for new tires or a re-tread.

Additionally, be sure to check your tire pressure every few weeks, especially when there’s been a temperature change. Low temperatures can reduce the pressure in your tires. Making sure your tires are filled to the appropriate pressure cannot only keep you safer, but can also save you money in gas.

Replace Damaged Auto Glass

Whether you have a small rock chip in your windshield or your auto glass has a large crack in it, driving with broken car windows is dangerous. Small chips can catch glares from the sun that can temporarily affect your vision. Plus, rock chips almost always grow into larger cracks if left unrepaired. Additionally, driving with large or numerous cracks in your windshield can obstruct your line of site, so it’s best to find out if a windshield replacement is necessary.

When you need a windshield repair or new auto glass in Denver, call Denver’s favorite auto glass team! Contact Denver Mobile Auto Glass to a get quote for Top Rated Local® auto glass replacements and repairs!

Need car window tinting or a sunroof repair or replacement? We do that, too! Learn more about these and other great auto glass services today!

5 Safety Tips for Holiday Road Trips

The holiday season is officially upon us, which means many Denverites have already begun planning their holiday travels. If you are one of the many who will take to the roads, rather than the air, for your holiday adventures, safety is likely your top priority. AAA Colorado projected more than 930,000 Coloradoans would travel at least 50 miles for Thanksgiving weekend. This same report shows that of all Colorado travelers 810,000 — nearly eight percent more than last year — traveled by road. Based on these numbers, we can only guess at how many people will be hitting the roads for Christmas travel.

As your trusted auto glass technicians, the team at Denver Mobile Auto Glass places your safety as a number-one priority. We want you to be safe anytime you’re driving, but especially during the holidays when the safety risks are heightened significantly. As you prepare for your holiday journeys this December, you’ll want to keep many travel aspects in mind. In an effort to help you prepare for your road trip, here are five travel safety tips to consider this month. Need a windshield repair or replacement before you go? Contact your Denver auto glass company for all your car window needs!

Five Holiday Road Trip Safety Tips

Inspect Your Vehicle

Take the time to inspect and even triple-check that your vehicle is road trip ready. Carefully inspect your windshield, side windows, sunroof, and rear window, as well as any features like the wipers and spray nozzles, to ensure everything is ship-shape. Check the tread on your tires and the tire pressure. Look under the hood to ensure all your fluids are full or at the appropriate levels for travel. Check underneath your vehicle for signs of fluid leaks. Make sure your headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and hazard lights are fully operational. If anything looks suspicious, schedule a service immediately.

Pack a Roadside Emergency Kit

Build a roadside emergency kit with all the things you’d need if you become stranded. Your kit might include basic tools for roadside auto repairs, reflective cones, extra supplies of fluids like oil, antifreeze, and wiper fluid, gloves, and a flashlight. You should also pack blankets, plenty of water, a map, an ice scraper, a bag of kitty litter (for traction if you get stuck), and snacks. Pack any specific items you or any of your passengers and/or pets may need.  

Prevent Driver’s Fatigue

Driver’s fatigue can strike whether you’re tired or not. To fight this, get plenty of sleep the night before traveling. When traveling with others, take turns driving so that everyone shares the burden of driving, especially when traveling long distances. When traveling solo, drive when you are most alert and pull over to rest when you feel drowsy or sleepy. To avoid aches and pains while driving, adjust your seat so you are close to the steering wheel and consider using a back support.

Don’t Be a Distracted Driver

Distracted driving is a leading cause for motor vehicle accidents, so take steps to avoid being a distracted driver.

  • Create a road trip playlist so you don’t have to fumble with your stereo or listening device.
  • Set your phone to respond to texts with an automated message system alerting people that you’re driving and will call them back.
  • Keep your phone in the glove box or center console to prevent distractions.

Winterize Your Windshield

Your auto glass keeps the warmth in while keeping the elements out. Your windshield also helps maintain the overall infrastructure of your vehicle. Therefore, it’s important to ensure all your car windows are secure and free of damage to keep you and your passengers safe during your road trip. At Denver Mobile Auto Glass, we offer a plethora of auto glass services ranging from car window repairs to windshield replacements. Reach out to our Top Rated Local® auto glass team in Denver to schedule a mobile repair or to bring your car in for a new window installation. We can also check that your wiper blades are in good shape and that all your car window functions are operating as they should. Call or click today to arrange an appointment before heading out on your holiday adventure.

5 Common Car Window Tinting Myths Uncovered

There is a lot to consider before having your car windows tinted. While you’ll want to think about the everyday questions people ask, such as, “How much is car window tinting?” and “What is the best window tinting company near me?” it’s also important to consider the common myths surrounding auto glass tinting. In an effort to streamline your decision on whether or not to have your windows tinted, the knowledgeable team at Denver Mobile Auto Glass will clear up five of the most common myths about car window tinting. Then, when you’re ready to move forward with making your car look sleeker and feel more comfortable during your ride, call your Top Rated Local® auto glass experts in Denver to get a quote.

Five Common Car Window Tinting Myths Uncovered  

Myth #1 – Car Window Tinting in Denver Is Illegal

False: Window tinting performed by the manufacturer is legal, as is after-market window tinting. However, most states, including Colorado, allow after-market window tinting that adheres to specific opacity guidelines. For instance, Colorado law states that for all vehicles (sedans, trucks, SUVs, and vans):

  • Non-reflective 70 percent VLT tint is allowed on the top four inches of the front windshield.
  • All other auto glass must allow more than 27 percent of light in, including the rear window.  

Colorado law does restrict red and amber tinting, as well as metallic tinting on the front, side, and back windows.

Myth #2 – Auto Glass Tinting Causes Accidents

False: While excessive auto glass tinting that does not follow the state guidelines can obstruct a driver’s vision, having tinted windows has not been proven to cause traffic accidents. In fact, expertly installed window tint can reduce the risk of sun ray glare, eye strain, and other driving distractions that can contribute to motor vehicle accidents. Talk to the auto glass professionals at Denver Mobile Auto Glass to get their recommendations for a safe window tinting opacity.

Myth #3 – Tinting Car Windows Is Purely Cosmetic

False: While window tinting can give a vehicle a sleeker, more stylish appearance, this is not the only reason folks have their windows tinted. Tinted windows can block as much as 99 percent of the sun’s damaging UV rays, which can reduce a person’s UV exposure. Tinted windows also keep the car cooler on those hot Colorado days.

Myth #4 – Car Window Tinting Strengthens Auto Glass

True: The strong layer of tinted adhesive film that covers the entire surface of a windshield, each side window, and rear window can hold the pieces of a broken window together, which can reduce the risk of injury in an accident. What’s more, the tint film can make it harder for thieves and vandals to shatter tinted windows.

Myth #5 – Window Tinting Decrease Vehicle’s Value

Mostly False: We say mostly because shoddy DIY tint jobs performed by non-experts can damage car windows and leave them looking disheveled. However, a professional window tinting that is installed using only high-quality materials and equipment (that follows Colorado’s tinting guidelines, of course) can increase the resale value of your vehicle. Tinting provides a stylish edge while also safeguarding drivers, passengers, and the car’s interior features.   

Schedule Auto Glass Tinting

Now that we’ve cleared up the myths surrounding car window tinting, are you ready to schedule a service? Reach out the Top Rated Local® auto glass company in Denver! At Denver Mobile Auto Glass, we specialize in everything from windshield replacements and auto glass repairs to sunroof repairs and window tinting. Call us today to get a quote for car window tinting and find out why we’re Denver’s favorite auto glass shop!

Fun Facts You May Not Know About Your Auto Glass, Part 1

Welcome back to the Denver Mobile Auto Glass blog! As experts in all things auto glass in Denver, we have windshields, rear windshields, sunroofs, and side windows on our minds constantly. But most people don’t spend their days thinking about just how cool windshields and auto glass really are. This got us thinking — maybe if more people knew some interesting facts about their auto glass, they would develop a new appreciation for this essential vehicle component. Today, we’ll explore some fun and interesting facts that you may not know about your windshield and auto glass. At the very least, you’ll be able to use this awesome knowledge at trivia night and impress your friends. Read on to learn more!

Auto Glass Began As a Luxury Item

It might seem a bit unusual to think of with today’s automobile standards, but some of the earliest automobiles were completely open, leaving drivers and passengers exposed to the elements. That’s right — can you imagine driving around Denver in the middle of a winter snowstorm with no windows to protect you from the freezing snow and frigid wind? Early car manufacturers began implementing windshields on several models, but auto glass was not a standard feature across the board. Having a windshield on your vehicle meant you could afford to ride in comfort, making auto glass a sort of status symbol. But with the rapid development of the auto industry in the early twentieth century, the need to standardize certain features became a necessity as vehicles continued to grow in popularity while becoming more affordable for the average working class family. With improvements in the auto glass manufacturing industry, the materials became cheaper meaning more automakers could add windshields and side windows as a standard feature.

There Are Two Types of Auto Glass

There are two common types of auto glass — laminated and tempered. Laminated glass is used for windshields because it is strong and durable. It is constructed of transparent polyvinyl and two sheets of heat-infused glass, which prevents it from shattering. While this type of glass will break, it typically does not completely shatter in an auto collision. In fact, it is designed to withstand heavy impacts in collisions. As a result, laminated glass poses less of risk to drivers and passengers.

Tempered glass, on the other hand, is heat-treated but is only single-ply. This type of auto glass is typically used on side, door, and rear windows. If this glass breaks, it is designed to break into thousands of small pieces rather than big shards. Tempered glass is also used to make baking dishes and cell phone screens. Unlike laminated glass, tempered glass cannot be repaired in most cases.

Replacement Auto Glass

Could your windshield, side, door, or rear windows use some TLC this spring? Call Denver Mobile Auto Glass today to schedule a windshield repair or replacement. While we are a Top Rated Local® windshield replacement team, we are your go-to resource for all things auto glass in Denver and the surrounding areas. Call us today, and be sure to join us for part two of this short blog series.

Spring Into Warmer Weather With a Clean Car, Part 1

Having a clean car is one of life’s simple pleasures, but unfortunately, the snow and slushy leftovers after a storm make it challenging to maintain a shiny, clean car here in Denver during winter. The good news is that spring is almost here! While we will most definitely receive more snowfall and rain over the next few months, we will also have those wonderful sunny days in between where temperatures will be in the high 60s and low 70s. So as you kick off your spring cleaning routine this month, you’ll want to give your vehicle a good once-over to remove all that dirt, grime, and debris left over from the winter months. As Denver’s Top Rated Local® auto glass team, we here at Denver Mobile Auto Glass have some helpful spring car cleaning tips that you can follow to get your vehicle looking sharp and sleek for the warmer days ahead. Please continue reading below.

Get Streak-Free Wipers

With all the use your wipers get clearing your windshield of snow and ice during winter, they could use a good cleaning. Remove the extra buildup from your wipers using a towel and rubbing alcohol. You’ll have streak-free windshields on those snowy or rainy spring days. However, if you’ve cleaned your wipers and you still have streaks, it’s probably time to replace your wiper blades.

 

 

Illuminate Your Headlights

Your headlights are probably caked with dirt and grime from winter driving, which can be dangerous. If your headlights are covered in dirt, people can’t see on the roads as well, and you probably can’t see what’s in front of you very well either. Brighten your headlights using a soft cloth and toothpaste — yes, we said toothpaste. The ingredients found in toothpaste oxidizes and cleans your headlights, making them like new!  

Replace Your Auto Glass

If your windshield is cracked, broken, or shattered, now is a good time to get a windshield replacement. As the temperatures fluctuate between cold and warm these next few months, your auto glass will expand and compress, which can cause more damage to your windshield. Don’t enter the beautiful spring season with busted auto glass. Rather, call Denver Mobile Auto Glass today to request an estimate for an auto glass replacement. Not only will you be able to see out of your windshield more clearly, your car will look immaculate with a new, damage-free windshield. Join us next time as we continue looking at more ways to spring clean your car and auto glass.  

5 Ways to Protect Your Car from the Cold

Welcome back to the Denver Mobile Auto Glass blog! With the single-digit temperatures we’ve been seeing around Denver and along the Front Range lately, you’ve probably been concerned about the the wellbeing of your vehicle. And while we will likely continue experiencing frigid temperatures and even more snowfall for another three to four months, we wanted to take a look at some of the best ways to weatherproof your car so that it stays protected from the cold during the next few months. Here are some preventative measures we recommend taking to ensure not only the protection of your auto glass, but also the protection of your vehicle as a whole.

Invest in a Car Cover

The Denver Metro area is growing significantly, especially with vertical, multi-family housing units. Unfortunately, this means many people do not have the option of parking their vehicle in a garage or even under covered parking structures. With the heavy snowfall we’ve been receiving quite consistently over the last few weeks, this makes for a lot of snow and ice buildup on your car, which means a lot of time spent scraping layers of ice off of your auto glass. While covered parking may not be an option for many, car covers provide an additional layer of protection to keep your car safe from snow and ice. Most good car covers provide a waterproof layer to protect your windshield and mirrors from snow and frost, and protect the body of the car from these elements, too.  

Use Windshield Covers

If you don’t want to have to cover and remove a full body car cover every time you use your vehicle, a windshield cover is an excellent solution for protecting a healthy windshield from snow and frost, and keep a damaged windshield protected from suffering further cracks and splits from the cold. As we mentioned in a recent blog post, cold weather can negatively affect your auto glass by making existing damage even worse. A windshield cover will keep the snow and ice off your windshield, and may help insulate your auto glass to maintain a more consistent temperature. This could help prevent further damage to an already cracked or chipped windshield.  

Protect Your Fuel Lines

One common issue that can lead to winter car troubles is when water enters the gas tank and fuel lines. If water gets into your car’s fuel lines, they can freeze, causing your car to become one big hunk of undrivable metal, which is the last thing you want to happen. Many local mechanics recommend adding a protectant solution like Heet to your gas tank, which can help eliminate water from entering the fuel lines.

Inspect Your Tire Pressure

Cold weather can cause a reduction in your tire pressure. In fact, a 10-degree drop in temperature can reduce the air in your tires, or cause constriction, by 10 percent. This means that your tire pressure can fluctuate in a matter of hours when the temperature drops at night and then warms up during the day (or vice versa). Keep a tire pressure gauge in your glovebox or emergency kit to ensure your tires are at the proper levels for optimal handling during wintertime driving. Check the driver’s manual or read the label located inside the driver’s door for the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle.

Schedule an Auto Glass Repair or Replacement

If your windshield or auto glass is in disrepair, you’ll want to address it immediately. The best way to ensure you’re driving in a safe operating vehicle is by maintaining the health of your windshield, rear window, side mirrors, and side windows. If your auto glass is only slightly damaged with small chips or cracks, you can avoid further damage by bringing your vehicle in for an auto repair with our expert technicians. If you prefer it, our mobile auto glass team can come to you to do the repairs. If you search “auto glass Denver,” don’t go with the other guys; instead, choose the Top Rated Local® auto glass repair team with the experience, equipment, and know-how to repair or replace your auto glass quickly, efficiently, and in a manner that is most convenient for you. Call us today!

How Cold Weather Affects Auto Glass

Hello, and welcome back to the Denver Mobile Auto Glass blog! While the current temperatures are above average for this time of year in Denver, the cold weather will be here before we know it. We had a few frigid days a few weeks back, with warmer temperatures settling in over the last week. That being said, rapid temperature shifts can have an effect on your auto glass, especially when the weather changes from the upper 60s during the day to low 30s at night. As Denver’s leading auto glass experts, we would like to explore some of the negative affects weather changes and cold weather can have on your auto glass in today’s blog post. Please keep reading below to learn more.

Temperature Shifts

Rapid changes in weather and temperatures like we’ve been having along the Front Range recently may cause your auto glass to expand and contract. This expansion and contraction may cause your windshield and side windows to crack. One way to minimize the risk of cracking is to control the vehicle’s internal temperature. When starting the car, adjust the temperature gradually to avoid blasting a sudden breeze of cold air on a hot window that may have been warmed by the sun. For a cold windshield, don’t blast it with hot air; start with cool or warm air and gradually adjust the heat.  

Falling Debris

We discussed some of the best places to see the leaves change in Colorado in a recent blog series, but now that colder temperatures are here, those golden leaves are likely falling onto your car. While we have been experiencing warmer weather across the Front Range in recent days, cold rain and heavy, wet snow are sure to hit the state soon, which may cause damage to trees. Tree limbs are heavy and rough, which can scrape, crack, or even shatter a windshield if one were to fall on it. Additionally, large chunks of ice and icicles can cause damage to the exterior of a car, which includes chips and cracks on the windshield. You’ll also want to consider how a sunroof may be impacted by falling debris. To avoid windshield damage caused by hazardous falling branches, try not to park underneath trees and branches. If this is unavoidable, it may be worth investing in a car cover or carport to help protect your car from falling debris. If your car suffers damage to the sunroof, our team specializes in sunroof replacement and repair, so feel free to call us for an estimate.  

Auto Accidents

Car accidents are unpredictable and oftentimes unavoidable during inclement weather conditions consisting of heavy snow and icy roads. Auto accidents can cause minor to severe damage to the auto glass on any location of a vehicle. Windshields are often shattered in front-end collisions while the windows on a vehicle’s doors are typically damaged in side collisions. Even a rear-end collision at a low speed can break a rear windshield. While there’s no way to predict an auto accident, it’s best to use safe driving skills during snowy and icy conditions to avoid an accident. Keep up with your local weather reports so that you can plan for bad weather before hitting the road, especially during holiday travels.

Cracks & Chips May Worsen

Keep in mind that rapid shift in temperatures that cause the auto glass to expand and contract may cause a windshield and auto glass to crack, which can also make existing cracks worse. Before the more consistently colder temperatures settle in over the next month, you will want to have any chips or cracks in your windshield repaired immediately to avoid having to replace the auto glass completely. For quick, efficient, and convenient auto glass repairs, contact Denver Mobile Auto Glass, Denver’s Top Rated Local® windshield repair and replacement center.