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How Do You Recycle Old Auto Glass?

Windshields can be recycled. If you’re about to get a windshield repair job, or if you’re scrapping your glass after auto glass installers get to work, consider recycling it. In the last 20 years, technology has made windshield glass recycling possible. Not only is it possible, it’s pretty easy to do.

Banning the Bugs: Protecting Your Windshield from Bug Splatters

If you’ve driven on Minneapolis, St. Paul or Twin Cities roads, you know about the bug splatter problem. While extreme weather can degrade your car’s paint, blur your windshield and cause window damage, bugs can greatly impact your ride. As soon as spring hits, your car’s hood, grille and windshield might be covered in bug remains. Even if you’re not driving through a woodland area, your car’s exterior is at risk. Below, we’re covering the best bug splatter prevention and removal tips around.

How to Protect Your Windshield Crack Against Heat Extremes Until You Can Get It Repaired

A flying rock can chip or crack your windshield. After being struck, you should make an appointment to have the chip or crack filled in to prevent it from growing. However, when you call to make an appointment, it may be several days until your appointment, depending on how busy the auto glass repair shop is. During this time, you will want to protect your windshield from the sun and heat extremes. The sun and heat can both cause your glass to heat up and expand, which can cause the crack or chip to rapidly spread. If this happens, the crack or chip can become too large to repair and your entire windshield will need to be replaced. Here are a few tips for protecting your windshield against heat extremes until it can be repaired.

Science Explains the Easiest Ways to Defrost your Windshield

One of the worst things about driving in the winter is having to wait for your windows to defrost before getting on the road -- especially when you're already running late. 

There are many urban legends surrounding the easiest ways in which to defrost your windshield. From using shaving cream to kitty litter, some have been given more credence than others. And while everyone (hopefully) knows you never add hot water to a frosted windshield, it’s sometimes hard to find the best solution. But there is one surefire way to determine the best, most efficient ways to defrost your windshield: science.

Rain Sensors on Windshields: Signs They Need Repair

If you have a newer car with modern technology, your windshield may have rain sensors embedded in it. When the car is in motion and the sensors detect moisture, your windshield wipers will automatically come on and wipe away the rain for you. However, these sensors can malfunction and may need repair. Here are three signs that your rain sensors are in need of repairs.

Augmented Reality Windshields: The Future of Auto Glass?

Fans of racing video games are familiar with seeing a dotted line twisting on the road ahead of them as they race along the track in the game. Usually after you get the hang of the game, you turn the guiding lines off. But what if that same "augmented reality" technology could be used on real life auto glass?

Auto glass and technology experts have been exploring ideas related to augmented reality windshields for several years. Some of the initial ideas for the high-tech windshields include displaying important information such as speed, navigation directions, or information about nearby restaurants or hotels directly on the windshield.

At the moment, these high-tech windshields are more of a concept than a reality, but researchers say that augmented reality windshields could go into production as soon as 2020 with approval from manufacturers.

How do the windshields work?

The information displayed on the windshield would most likely be projected on the glass from a small projector mounted on the dashboard. This design would be the easiest way to project the information, although light-emitting film on the glass itself could be another option. A third augmented reality option is for the driver to wear a visor that displays information in front of them, similar to Google Glass. The augmented reality technology will incorporate eye-tracking technology to make sure that the information is displayed properly within the driver's field of vision. 

Driving Distraction

One of the biggest challenges that the designers of augmented reality windshields face is making sure that they project necessary information in a way that is not distracting to the driver. Researchers recognize that putting too much information on the screen could make drivers feel like they are actually in a video game, which would not have good consequences! Researchers hope to strike a balance by providing only necessary information and displaying it in an unobtrusive way.

Driver Training Tool

The possibilities of using augmented reality windshields for driver training are very exciting and promising, both for new drivers and for professionals on a race track. Augmented reality technology could map out a race track or a route to work and show where the best places to brake and accelerate are, just like in a video game! This technology could help drivers make better decisions on the road everyday.

We know that if your augmented reality windshield gets a chip in it, you'll want to contact us to get it repaired right away! For all of your windshield repair and auto glass replacement needs, contact Only 1 Auto Glass, your auto glass experts for the Twin Cities and surrounding areas.

Why You Need Prompt Windshield Repair

If you’re like most drivers, you probably don’t think much about the value and function of the windshield other than to clean it as needed. If it gets a chip, ding or crack you may decide to put off repairs as it doesn’t seem like a major problem that needs to be addressed immediately. However, nothing is further from the truth. The windshield is an integral aspect of your car’s safety and damage can only get worse. There really is no valid reason to let the repair wait until it simply has to be conducted in order to continue driving the car.

Replacement Vs. Repair: How Do You Know Which is Needed?

If you have a crack or chip in your windshield, you may find yourself wondering whether the windshield can be repaired or whether it needs to be completely replaced. This can help you budget the necessary amount of money and find a windshield repair or auto glass replacement company to assist you. Here are a few guidelines that will help you determine whether repair or replacement is needed for your cracked windshield.

What to Look for When Comparing Auto Glass and Window Quotes

It can be very confusing to get a quote for something like auto glass -- after all, how can you even know how much it's supposed to cost? The best way to get a firmer footing in this situation is to request multiple quotes from different auto glass companies, but then you also need to know how to compare them. Here are a few things that you should look for when comparing your quotes from at least a few companies.

What You DON'T Know About the Only 1 Auto Glass Warranty

We understand you have choices when it comes to auto glass repair in the Minneapolis, St Paul, Twin Cities Metropolitan area. In spite of our name, Only 1 Auto Glass is not the only auto glass installer in the region. But when you look at how we conduct business, from free our estimates to our warranty, you can see why so many choose Only 1 Glass repair.

It starts with free in-shop or online estimates. Our service is performed by an experienced team with over 200 years of combined experience. We have 15 locations throughout the metro and even have mobile glass experts who can come to your location. In addition, we are an Accredited Business of the Better Business Bureau. We are members of the National Glass Association and are a registered company of the Auto Glass Safety Council. We are an employee-owned company with a commitment to your satisfaction. Perhaps one of the most critical reasons we continue to grow is our warranty.

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