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How Outside Temperature Affects Your Auto Glass

In Minnesota, we have some pretty drastic temperature fluctuations. In the span of just one day, we can sometimes see a temperature change of over 50 degrees! And while our vehicles have heating and cooling systems designed to keep us perpetually comfortable, our auto glass may be suffering. So how do wild fluctuations in outside temperature affect the protective glass within our vehicles? The glass pros at Only 1 Auto Glass are here to discuss how temperatures can affect your auto glass, and what to do before winter arrives.

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How to Protect Your Windshield From Damage

The glass on your windshield can become damaged in a number of ways. An auto accident, road debris, or the way you remove ice from your windshield can all cause damage. While you cannot protect your windshield from all types of damage, there are actions you can take to reduce the odds of your windshield becoming damaged. Here are a few of the actions you can take to protect your automobile's windshield from damage:

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How to Reduce Glare on Your Windshield

Glare on your windshield can make it hard to see the road and any objects that are in front of you. Glare can be created from sunlight or when the sun reflects off of an asphalt road. There are a few different things that you can do to reduce glare on your windshield, including wearing sunglasses. Another option is to have your windshield tinted. However, before your windshield can be tinted, there are a two things that may need to be done first. Here is how you can prepare your windshield to be tinted in order to reduce glare.

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Common Falling Items That Can Damage Your Windshield

Where you park your car can have an impact on the windshield—literally. Many of the auto glass repair cases we see each year have to do with falling objects crashing into a car and blasting out the glass. If a falling object cracks or breaks your auto glass, contact Only 1 Auto Glass today. You can come to our service center, or we can send someone out to you with our remote service. In the meantime watch out for the following parking conditions.

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Can You Window Tint a Damaged Windshield?

If you drive around the Twin Cities, you’ll notice vehicles with various levels of tint on the window. Tint is ideal for reducing UV rays and heat that can turn a car into an oven. However, if you place tint over a broken window, you’re wasting your time and money on the job. Before you tint your windows, bring your car to Only 1 Auto for a complete glass inspection and auto glass repair. We can restore any window in your car, truck, or SUV.

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Safe Driving Guidelines for Teenagers

We’ll be honest. We pity any car that is in the hands of a teenager. While it’s true that teenagers need to time to improve their driving skills, the growing pains can be costly and critical at times. Most teens do not understand how correctly operating a vehicle keeps it in condition. Like everything else, making the connection between the two takes a little time.

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Windshield Ice Scraper: Friend or Foe?

When you’re driving down the road, and it starts raining, you may notice a slight squeaking on the windshield. Eventually, the squeaking gets louder, and then you may see that the wiper eventually vibrates as it swipes across the glass. The question you may be asking is why are my windshield wipers squeaking? You may be even more confused when there’s plenty of rain on the windshield, but the wipers squeak anyway. Although we’ll explain below why the noise occurs, the most important thing is that you bring your car to Only 1 Auto Glass to fix the problem.

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Windshield Pitting: What Causes it and How to Get it Fixed

Small particles of dirt and rock can pit or crack a windshield, reducing visibility and reducing the effectiveness of windshield wipers. Although the glass may appear transparent enough to drive safely, badly pitted windshields are a safety hazard. If sunlight hits the windshield at a skewed angle, it can cause the windshield to wash out and reduce visibility to zero.

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How to Take Care of Your Windshield During the Winter

Winter conditions make it difficult to see through your windshield. After you scrape the snow off the outside surface, you may still notice a thin layer of fox or condensation on the inside.

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Are Your Windshield Wipers Scratching Your Windshield?

Bad windshield wipers are damaging your windshield's surface and creating a hazardous driving experience for you and the passengers in your car. Below, we take a closer look at how worn out wipers are damaging the glass on your windshield and why you should change the wipers, as well as bring your car in for a windshield assessment.

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