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Protect Your Vehicle From These Common Springtime Messes, Part 1

The birds are chirping, the bugs are emerging, and all the pretty trees and flowers that make Denver so beautiful are blooming. While these are all wonderful signs that spring is finally here, each can make it difficult to keep your car clean and shiny — and your auto glass clear and glistening. But there’s no need to fear, because your knowledgeable technicians at Denver Mobile Auto Glass have tips and tricks for keeping your entire vehicle looking great all spring.

Today, we’ll explore some of the most common springtime messes that can wreak havoc on your vehicle and how to clean them. Is your windshield already showing signs of wear and tear? Contact your trusted Denver windshield replacement and repair team for an estimate.

Beware of These Common Springtime Messes    

Pollen

Pollen is one of the first signs of spring. Along with causing your eyes to water, your nose to run, and nonstop sneezing episodes to occur, pollen can make a mess of your vehicle. There’s really no way to avoid that annoying yellow lining of pollen that blankets your car during spring, but you can easily clean it off.

Tip: Park in your garage or in a covered parking spot to avoid pollen coverage as much as possible. Unfortunately, the place where your car will likely collect the most pollen is in the parking lot at work, school, or any other public parking area. The best solution is to avoid parking directly near trees and foliage. Also, keep in mind that the longer you leave the pollen residue on your car, there’s a possibility of damaging the paint.

To clean, simply spray the body of your vehicle from the roof down to push the pollen off rather than spreading it around. Use hot, soapy water to remove any stuck-one residue.     

Tree Sap

Tree sap is one of the most annoying messes for your vehicle. A small drop of this sticky goo is a nightmare to remove from your finger, let alone your vehicle and auto glass. The best way to prevent a tree sap mess on your car is to avoid parking under trees. Springtime is a popular time to head into the high country, go four-wheeling on trails, and camp in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Keep in mind that passing overhanging branches on tight trails can lead to a sticky, yucky mess of tree sap on your car windows and the body of your vehicle.

Tip: Avoid parking under trees and if your car becomes caked with sap, reach for some Goo Gone®. Goo Gone makes an automotive formula so you can safely, yet effectively clean tough residues and sticky substances like sap off without damaging your windshield or paint.   

Dead Bugs

A sure sign of spring is that all those flying bugs start to emerge from hibernation, which means trouble for your windshield and the hood of your car. Driving at high speeds typically means your windshield and headlights will be covered in dead bugs and bug guts, which, if left unaddressed can mean poor visibility when driving.

Tip: Wash your car right after a road trip or extensive highway driving to get the stuck-on bugs off right away. Doing so will help keep your windshield clean and your car looking sleek.

Talk to Your Auto Glass Pros

If you windshield and car windows are in bad shape and need some work, call Denver Mobile Auto Glass to get an estimate and schedule a service. There’s no need to spend time searching “auto glass near me” or “windshield replacements near me” when your friendly, reliable Denver windshield replacement experts are just a click away.

Why You Need A Windshield Replacement In 2019

When you start the new year with a damaged windshield, you should consider the risks involved with driving with a chipped or cracked windshield. Sure, you’ve probably made a long list of New Resolutions that you’d like to accomplish this year, but where does your vehicle fit onto that list? There are numerous benefits for health and safety of maintaining a vehicle that runs well and is free of damage, not to mention the aesthetic advantages. That’s why today, the auto glass experts at Denver Mobile Auto Glass will highlight four reasons why you need an auto glass replacement in 2019. Ready to enhance the safety and beauty of your vehicle? Contact us for a Top Rated Local® windshield replacement in Denver! In the meantime, enjoy your read!

Four Reasons To Get A Windshield Replacement this Year

Eliminates Driving Risks

Damaged auto glass that is chipped, cracked, or shattered can make driving a real hazard for you and others on the road. Even small chips in your windshield can be a driving distraction and when the sun hits that chip just right, it can temporarily impair your vision. What’s more, when your windshield is riddled with small chips and or large cracks, it becomes susceptible to further damage if it is hit by flying road debris such as gravel and random roadside trash.

Enhances Protection In An Auto Collision

According to a recent auto accident report from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), there were 628 reported auto collision fatalities in 2018. This is a scary statistic that shows just how dangerous driving on Colorado roads can be. That being said, the windshield on your vehicle is an integral component of the structural integrity of your entire vehicle. A windshield that is free of damage and that has been installed correctly can protect the driver and passengers during an auto accident, especially during a rollover accident.

Better For Viewing Colorado’s Beauty

Spring is just around the corner and you won’t want to miss any of the beautiful colors of the blossoming trees and flowers along the Front Range. Plus, spring is an ideal time to head up into the high country to get some fresh Rocky Mountain air, and the last thing you want is to have your driving view obscured by chips and cracks peppering your windshield.

Protects Against More Damage

While we’re on the subject of traveling into the high country, if you plan to drive up in elevation with a damaged windshield, beware that the change in elevation can cause more damage to your vulnerable windshield. A change in elevation can cause existing windshield cracks to spider and spread, which means you’ll have no choice but to replace your windshield.

Furthermore, changes in temperature can also contribute to windshield damage. As a Colorado resident, you know just how quickly the temperatures can change here. One minute, it’s 75-degrees and sunny and the next, it’s below 30 and blizzarding. This is not only something to consider when you drive up to the mountains, but also for driving around town.

Schedule a Windshield Replacement in Denver

Don’t go through 2019 with a damaged windshield, which can be a driving hazard and looks unsightly. If you’re ready to make your vehicle safer while enhancing its beauty, it’s time to schedule a windshield replacement with Denver Mobile Auto Glass. We offer affordable windshield replacements and can work with your insurance to make it even more affordable for you. Don’t spend time searching “windshield replacement near me” or “auto glass Denver” when your Top Rated Local® auto glass team is just a call or a click away. Schedule your windshield replacement today!

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!

4 Mistakes People Make With DIY Windshield Repairs

When you suddenly discover a small chip in your windshield, it may seem like a small problem that can be fixed easily. While this is often the case, attempting a windshield repair without the knowledge or experience to do so, and without access to the proper materials and tools, can lead to a costly auto glass overhaul. All because you wanted to save a few bucks that your insurance carrier would have likely covered anyways.

Today, the auto glass experts at Denver Mobile Auto Glass will share with you four common mistakes people make with DIY windshield repairs. If possible, avoid these at all costs, and instead, call us for a Top Rated Local® Denver windshield replacement or repair. We will go above and beyond to make your auto glass service is as convenient and affordable as possible. Call us to learn more about our mobile auto glass services.

Four Mistakes People Make With DIY Auto Glass Repairs   

They Rely on a DIY Repair Kit…

Premade kits can be helpful in some instances, but not for auto glass repairs. DIY repair kits that you can buy ready-made typically contain inefficient tools and low-quality resins that don’t stand up to those used by professionals. Oftentimes, after spending anywhere from two to four hours to repair a windshield, DIYers still end up having to bring their vehicle in for a service. In that case, they are out the time and money they spent on attempting a DIY repair.  

They Wait Too Long to Repair…

Small rock chips in a windshield can be easily repaired after they happen, but waiting too long to fix them only allows for more damage to develop over time. Unfortunately, windshield damage often goes unaddressed for weeks, months, or even years. When this happens, the elements, weather, and everyday wear and tear causes what started out as a small chip to spider out into larger cracks that simply can’t be repaired with a DIY fix.

They Don’t Check with Their Insurance Provider…

Many times, people don’t realize that their insurance covers windshield repairs and even windshield replacements. It’s important to familiarize yourself with your insurance policy so that you know what your options are when it’s time for a repair or replacement. The unfortunate part is, people think a DIY repair will save them money when it might have been fully covered by the insurance all along. Get to know your insurance coverage for your windshield to avoid this common mistake.

They Don’t Realize It’s A Temporary Fix…

DIY auto glass repairs can slow the problem, but they’re not always a permanent fix. Filling the crack is a temporary fix, but over time, the crack may spread due to weather, changes in altitude, or being hit with road debris like dirt and pebbles. It’s better to get an expert opinion to determine the best way to remedy the situation.

They Rely on Internet Video Guides…

Anyone can upload a “How To” video onto YouTube, claiming to be a professional auto glass technician. Unless there is a clear link to their business site, there’s really no way to check their credentials. Therefore, relying on “How To Repair Your Windshield” videos on the internet can do more harm than good. Avoid following these instructional videos unless you know for certain that the person guiding you through a windshield repair is knowledgeable in the industry.

Want to Avoid These Mistakes?

It’s simple! Call Denver’s Top Rated Local® auto glass experts! Rather than attempting a DIY windshield repair, or worse, a DIY windshield replacement, leave it to the pros. When you bring your vehicle to Denver Mobile Auto Glass, you can rest assured that you’re getting a high-quality auto glass repair or windshield replacement, back by experience, high ratings, top-notch materials, and expert equipment. All of these aspects enables our team of auto glass pros to efficiently repair or replace your auto glass right the first time.

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 Mistakes To Avoid With Damaged Auto Glass

Auto glass, including the front windshield, side windows, sunroof, and rear window, are built to be strong, durable, and to stand up to a number of hazards. Not only is your auto glass meant to keep out debris, the elements, and other things that can harm drivers and passengers, but it is also part of a system that keeps your vehicles as a whole functioning properly. Therefore, when your auto glass is damaged, it can reduce the safety features of your car.

While auto glass is designed and installed to withstand the toughest conditions and driving hazards, it can become damaged by a number of things. When your auto glass is damaged, here are five things you’ll want to avoid doing. What you should definitely do is call Denver Mobile Auto Glass for a Top Rated Local® auto glass replacement in Denver.   

Five Mistakes to Avoid With Damaged Auto Glass

Mistake #1: Ignore The Damage

One of the worst mistakes you can make when your auto glass is damaged is to ignore the problem. Even the smallest rock chip can lead to a slew of car window problems. It’s best to take care of the issue right away. When the damage is minor, a professional auto glass repair can prevent the chip from spidering out across the length of your glass, which can save you from a full auto glass replacement.

Mistake #2: Attempt DIY Auto Glass Repairs

While a simple rock chip might seem like an easy do-it-yourself fix, it can actually cause more harm to your auto glass. DIY rock chip repair kits are simply not as efficient as the materials that professionals like us use to repair a windshield. Plus, having years of experience and access to innovative equipment means a speedier windshield repair with less risk of creating more damage to the window. Skip on the DIY auto glass repairs and leave it to the pros.

Mistake #3: Put Your Vehicle In Hazardous Situations

When your windshield or side windows are chipped, cracked, or shattered, avoid putting your vehicle in dangerous situations. This might include using your vehicle as a recreational vehicle, driving in inclement weather (especially hail or heavy, wet snow), and parking your vehicle under trees and low-hanging branches. When your auto glass is compromised by damage, it is susceptible to even more damage that could lead to a windshield replacement.

Mistake #4: Let Your Buddy Fix It For You

Everybody’s got a friend who always seems like they can help with auto issues. The problem with letting your buddy fix your windshield is, he’ll likely be using a DIY repair kit that can be purchased at an auto parts store, and he’ll likely claim to have more expertise and experience than he actually does. Don’t let your buddy fix your damaged windshield; make new buddies at Denver Mobile Auto Glass who can help you with all your windshield replacement and repair needs — even window tinting!

Mistake #5: Going to a Shady Auto Glass Company

When you need your auto glass repaired or replaced, your search typically starts out with a Google search for terms like:

  • Auto glass replacement near me
  • Windshield replacement near me
  • Auto glass Denver
  • Auto glass repairs near me

While this is a great place to start, it can be incredibly time-consuming. What’s more, you might find a company that seems legit, but that turns out to shady in the end. Your best bet is to skip the search and instead, opt for a reputable, experienced Top Rated Local® auto glass company like ours, which has shining reviews and a top-notch rating. You can always call us at (720) 248-4560 when you’re in a pinch with your auto glass!   

Call the Auto Glass Experts

When it comes to your auto glass, any damage to these features should be taken seriously. Don’t fall victim to these common mistakes; rather, call Denver Mobile Auto Glass! Whether you need windshield repair or an auto glass replacement in Denver, our friendly and experienced team of technicians can help you get back on the road in a safer vehicle. Call us today to get a quote for Top Rated Local® car window services and find out why we’re Denver’s favorite auto glass company.

5 Gift Ideas For A Young Driver

With Christmas just around the corner, you’ve probably already started your holiday shopping. If you’re a parent or guardian of a young driver who has just started becoming familiar with the responsibilities that accompany car ownership, you might consider some non-traditional gifts for them. Oftentimes, younger drivers are super excited about the freedom of having their first car, but they forget about the whole maintenance aspect. From replacing the wiper blades to getting regular oil changes, there’s a lot that comes with owning a car. So if you’re looking for gifts that can not only help them maintain their ride, but can also help them be a safer driver, the Denver Mobile Auto Glass team has some great ideas for you in today’s post. If you would like to schedule a windshield replacement in Denver for yourself or for a youngin, give us a call! In the meantime, read our holiday gift ideas for the young driver in your life.

Five Gift Ideas for Young Drivers

New Wiper Blades

Wiper blades are one of those vehicle features that need to be regularly maintained for optimal function, but which often go ignored — especially by younger drivers. New wiper blades make an excellent stocking stuffer. You can even get your young driver a tub of wiper fluid as an added gift. While they may think it’s a silly gift at first, they’ll be thankful to have good wipers when driving in their first snowstorm.

New Tires

Tires with good tread are a necessity for driving anywhere, but especially in Colorado. That being said, new tires can be quite expensive, especially given that tire shops usually require that you replace both front or both back tires, even if only one is needed. The cost of tires can range anywhere from a couple hundred to more than a thousand dollars, and most youngsters who have just started driving don’t have that kind of money. If you want to ensure that the youthful driver in life has safe tires, consider getting them new tires for Christmas.   

Window Tinting

This might be better suited for a young adult driver who has a few years of driving experience under their belt. Tinted windows are a great gift option because, not only do they make a vehicle look super sleek and stylish, they also offer features such as UV protection. What’s more, the adhesive tint film can hold broken glass together in an accident, reducing the risk of injury from shattered glass. Read our recent blog, 5 Common Car Window Tinting Myths Uncovered, to learn more about car window tinting.

Auto Glass Repairs

Sometimes, the best gifts for young drivers are the most practical ones. If the young driver in your life has a rock chip, chances are they’ll ignore it until it turns into a giant crack that stretches the length of their windshield. Not only is this dangerous, but they might also be more likely to get pulled over for operating a vehicle with a cracked windshield. Avoid the burden of having to pay the ticket fine that will probably fall on your shoulders by getting the gift of a windshield repair with Denver Mobile Auto Glass.

A New Windshield

If the young driver in your life already has a large crack in their windshield that grew out of a tiny chip, a new windshield is a gift that will keep on giving. Not only will you have peace of mind in knowing your young driver has a safe and secure windshield, but they will also enjoy driving their friends around in a vehicle that has a pristine windshield.

Tell Us How We Can Help

These are just some of the awesome car care gifts to consider getting for the young driver in your life. If you’re interested in learning more about our auto glass services, including windshield replacements and mobile auto glass repairs, give us a call! Schedule a windshield replacement in Denver for yourself, or as a gift for a loved one. Call your Top Rated Local® auto glass company in Denver today!

From all of us at Denver Mobile Auto Glass, we wish you and yours a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season!

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 Tips for Winterizing Your Vehicle

With the crisp, fall weather settling in along the Front Range, and Thanksgiving just a few days away, they can only mean one thing — winter is coming. While you probably won’t have to fight off a massive army of White Walkers this winter, you will want to ensure that your vehicle is prepped and ready for anything the chilly season might throw at it. If you plan to drive your vehicle to and from work, up I-70 to hit the slopes, or across the state for holiday travels, there are steps you can take to winterize your vehicle to help ensure your safety and the safety of others.

Five Tips for Winterizing Your Vehicle

The friendly and knowledgeable team at Denver Mobile Auto Glass has five tips to share with you to guide you as you prepare your vehicle for the colder weather ahead. If you need to schedule an auto glass service, reach out to your trusted auto glass technicians for a Denver windshield replacement or repair. In the meantime, here are some tips for you to consider.

Winterize Your Windshield

Colorado’s weather is pretty unpredictable each winter, and while we likely won’t have any major snowstorms until the spring, you should still prepare your vehicle for severe winter weather. The first and simplest step is to inspect your windshield wipers and check your wiper fluid levels. Check for signs that it’s time to replace your wiper blades, such as fraying, missing rubber on the squeegee feature, or damage to the frame. Top off your wiper fluid and carry a spare jug of fluid in your car in case you run out.

Next, inspect your windshield for damage. If you have rock chips or cracks in your auto glass, call us for a convenient mobile auto glass repair or replacement, or schedule an appointment to bring your vehicle to our shop. We can take care of these auto glass issues to prevent further damage that can be affected by changes in temperature and altitude.

Check Your Tires

Carefully inspect your tires, paying close attention to the condition of the tread and tire pressure. If your tires considerable wear and tear, or if any of them are completely bald, consider having them replaced for winter. It’s also important to check your tire pressure, because as the temperatures drop during winter, so does your tire pressure. Driving with lower pressure can provide more traction when driving in icy conditions, however, if there’s not enough pressure, this can cause damage to your vehicle and can cause you to lose control of your car. If you do a lot of winter driving, particularly on I-25 or in the high country, consider investing in winter tires.

Check Your Battery

The last thing you want is for your battery to fizzle out on a stormy winter night. Take your battery in and have it tested, especially if it’s been a while since you’ve replaced your battery. Doing so can prevent you from being stranded on the side of the road due to a dead or failing battery.

Cleanup Your Parking Area

For those drivers who park in their driveway or on the street in front of their house, be mindful of potential risks that could damage your vehicle or car windows this winter. We get a lot of heavy, wet snow storms here in Colorado, and sometimes have to deal with ice storms. This kind of weather can cause tree branches to break off, heavy bushes to slump over, fences to fall, and can even damage street signs that could become a threat. Trim back the trees and bushes in your yard, especially near areas where you park your vehicle.

Schedule An Auto Glass Service

If you’re unsure of whether or not you’re in the market for a new windshield, or at the very least, a windshield repair, reach out to Denver Mobile Auto Glass to arrange a service. We can repair rock chips and replace your auto glass when it’s necessary. We’ll install a new windshield with top-quality materials and sealants so you can rest assured your windshield is completely ready to withstand any weather that the Colorado winter might bring. Call Denver’s windshield replacement experts today and we’ll winterize your auto glass.