Poor visibility has been a primary cause of fatal car crashes worldwide.
In 2017, the number of car accidents that ended in fatalities were as many as 1841. The damages that victims of vehicle collisions suffered were much more extensive as there were also 154,886 injuries resulting from car crashes. Even though these are the latest statistics reported by the Government of Canada in 2019, there are increasing reports of road accidents in the records of Transport Canada’s National Collision Database (NCDB), as we speak.
If you still don’t realize the magnitude of wreckage and damage that automobile dysfunctions are causing to life and property, you need to re-read these figures! It’s important to evaluate these numbers in light of the statistical analysis stated right at the beginning: visibility is one of the major causes.
Contrary to popular belief, environmental environments or drinking are not the only precursors for catastrophic accidents on the road. True, driving under influence is inadvisable and also illegal, as it can impair your sensory judgment. It’s also undeniable that fog or inclement weather can compromise range of visibility on the road. But what goes unnoticed is that causes needn’t be this extreme for a life-changing accident to occur. Sobriety and pleasant weather doesn’t guarantee your safety on the roads if you choose to ignore the need for auto glass repairs.
Repairs may seem like an unnecessary expense when you’re in the comfort of your home but not when you’re lying on a hospital, buried neck deep in bandages and medical bills? The saying better safe than sorry couldn’t be more apt!
Visibility of your windshield is not only compromised by floater cracks or stardust cracks. Since your windshield is protecting the passengers from external elements, it tends to collect waste material on its surface which is sometimes impossible to remove. These things aren’t as insignificant as an old, chewed up gum at one corner of the windshield but as expansive as spray paint or windows tint.
Here’s how to get rid of such impossibly difficult things from your windshields.
Have you heard of hair horror stories when your child comes to you with a chewing gum stuck in their hair, and you can’t bring yourself to chop of their beautiful locks? Well, turns out gums sticking to hair is not the only problem known to mankind because gum getting stuck on windshield is much worse.
That said, many brave men have tried their luck at treating the gum problem but—as expected—failed miserably. The only way to get gum off of windshields or any surface for that matter is to apply ice. When ice is applied, the gum tends to harden and lose its stickiness. Any attempts to pull it off otherwise will be in vain as it’ll stick to your fingers and other surfaces before letting go of the windshield.
The best tactic is to fill up ice cubes in a plastic bag and hold it against the gum. Keep it pressed against the gum for as long as it takes to stiffen up. Peel off and most likely the gum will come out clean. Chances are there might be some remains on the auto glass so to get rid of that you can use a bug remover product with a cotton rag. Repeat the process for best results.
Be it your craze for car stickers from your teenage years or decals that you no longer need, every car usually has a load of unnecessary decals that need to be removed. It could be because of a change of taste, but car owners are often faced with the need to get rid of unneeded decals.
Even though most decals easily come off with soap and water or at most a softening solution, but some may just be more stubborn than others. Bouts of frustration over hours of useless hard work may land a razor blade in your hand and push you far enough to scrape it off the surface. This will result in razor scratches on your auto glass which won’t fix with any DIY hacks circulating on the internet.
A better way to remove decals is to heat the area with a blow dryer as it helps detach it from the surface. Once its hold on the glass has reduced, scrape it off gently with a blunt plastic blade. Wipe off the remains with any adhesive removing product.
You might have wanted a tint film on your windshield to protect it against the scorching summer heat, but it definitely makes it harder to drive the vehicle in dark hours. It greatly compromises on the visibility of your vehicle as it cuts down on light transmission through the windshield.
If you decide to get rid of the window tint from your car, there’s a specific way to go about the task without damaging the auto glass. As suggested earlier, it’s advised to use a hair dryer to warm up the surface so that the tint may detach and loosen its grip. Once that’s done, you can proceed with dividing the surface in parts and scraping each part at a time with a plastic blade.
As a finishing touch, use a glass cleaner and a soft paper towel for best results.
If you’re about to sulk in despair because of spray paint stains on your windshield, don’t waste your energy. Spray paint is one of the easier things to remove from auto glass. Grab a plastic blade and scrape off the stains in a unidirectional manner. Take caution to not go back and forth while scraping as that’ll cause scratches to appear on your screen!
If you’re worried about leaving behind any spray paint remains, use an acetone nail color along with a microfiber towel. Dampen the cloth with the solution and rub it on the affected surface. Wash the windshield with plain water after for a cleaner finishing.
If you don’t have time to go through all this hassle yourself or if your windshield has suffered damages because of too many DIY attempts, and now simply needs a professional auto glass replacement, come to us.
We’re the largest automobile glass experts in Western Canada providing services across Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. We offer auto windshield repair and replacement in Langley and other areas. Contact us for auto glass emergencies.