Numerous reports are circulating that sunroofs are spontaneously exploding in SUVs and other automobiles that have glass overhead. A Consumer Reports investigation released in October of last year confirmed that sunroof explosions are happening every month across the country. The sudden surge of explosions has been occurring over the last five to ten years.
Having a shift in temperature can affect your auto glass in different ways. Inspect your windshield for any cracks and chips before a change in temperature occurs. If you have a chip or crack, Only 1 Auto Glass can repair your windshield. If a repair is not feasible, we will replace the glass for you. Here are some ways that opposite inside/outside temperatures can affect your auto glass.
Keeping your windshield and auto glass clean is important for your safety when you drive. Having a clear view of the road is important. Only 1 Auto Glass knows you want to keep your auto glass clean. Here is a guide to common mistakes to avoid when cleaning 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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