Alright, so you didn’t read our last blog post on how to prevent your car windows from breaking. Sorry about your broken windshield, bro. However, never fear… the writers at WinGuard are here! (ugh, lame) So you’ve chipped, scratched, cracked, or shattered your windshield… it’s all good because here are a few ways you can get that glass back in action.
1. Man, I chipped my window 🙁
I am guessing you’ve got a nice big “bullseye” in a very inconvenient spot. Do you need to get a full replacement? Heck no! Stop at your local auto parts store and they should carry a windshield repair kit. It comes with a fancy, magical resin that fills in the chip and leaves it looking fresh. If you can’t find one locally, hop on over to Amazon and order one. While these kits are typically a temporary fix, it can still provide a remedy for your chipped windshield.
2. I’ve got a big crack
So you’ve got a big crack eh? Sounds like a personal problem to me…. Anyways… A crack in your windshield is a bit more difficult to repair. Also, police officers are a little less lenient with a big crack right through your line of sight. The obvious solution (depending on how bad) is to get your windshield replaced. However, there are several companies that offer a crack repair kit (no, I am not talking about rehab). I would not recommend trying to repair anything over a few inches long.
3. My windshield is TOAST!
You skipped the minor damages and went straight for the total annihilation of your windshield. Kudos to you for the effort! I wish that I could say there was some sort of magical sham-wow that will wipe your shattered window clean…. but there’s not. At this point, your only option is to replace the windshield. You could try to salvage one from the junk yard and do it yourself, but that is a huge hassle. Why not call a repair shop? As mentioned in several posts, I live in the broken windshield capitol of the U.S.A. (aka Colorado). When I needed a windshield replacement in Colorado Springs, I went with a company called Springs Car Glass Repair. These guys were legit! They came out to my vehicle and did it all right there on the spot. I didn’t have to mess with any repair kits or try to replace it on my own. It’s worth a shot to call your local windshield repair service to get a quote!
So let’s break this down barney style….. The primary purpose of a car window is to shield you from projectiles while still allowing you to see. Unless you have some very deep pockets (and a lot of people wanting to hurt you) , you are not rocking bullet-proof glass. So, that means your glass is at risk of cracking from any number of items that may be hurled towards your windows. In this article, I am going to show you 3 ways to keep your car windows crack free…
1. Mind The Gap
So this phrase can apply to more things than the London Underground. You know those gigantic 18 wheelers cruising down the interstate? Guess what their wheels are pretty good at? That’s right, slinging rocks into that giant piece of glass you are staring out of. Depending on your location around the country, there may be a higher concentration of debris scattered across the highway. For instance, I live in Colorado which is the self-proclaimed broken windshield capital of the world. If your windshield doesn’t have a crack here, well, you aren’t fully broken into the Colorado lifestyle. However, a shattered front glass is easily avoided by maintaining the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Sounds like common sense, right? It would amaze you how many vehicles I see that are tailgating a big dump truck full of rocks. These same people then complain that they have to pay to replace their windshield…. So, mind the gap!
2. What the Hail Happened to My Car?
Another random fact for you…. Colorado is smack dab in the middle of hail alley. Yep, that really exists! There has been hail recorded as large as a softball in some areas. I’m sorry, but your little Ford Focus doesn’t stand a chance against that sort of mother nature’s fury. Sometimes it is unavoidable and you are stuck out in the open during a full on iceball assault. However, during a recent hailstorm (tennis ball sized hail!) I sat on my porch to witness the destruction. Every house on my street has a garage to park their car in, yet, nearly every single person had their car outside. I could literally hear the windows smashing and the metal crunching. So, one begs to wonder…. why weren’t their cars in the garage?! That is when I noticed each garage was so full of junk that their car couldn’t fit inside! Moral of the story: Don’t be a hoarder… clean out your garage so you can avoid a broken windshield.
3. Smash and Grab
This is a method commonly used by thieves to snatch up your valuables. Exactly as the name implies, they smash a window, grab the valuables, and get the heck out of dodge. So, you’ve just cleaned out your garage and you can park your car inside, great! That eliminates the opportunity for thieves to smash your windows out. However, your favorite band is playing downtown and you want to go spend the evening rocking out. There sits your car… out in the open… vulnerable to the thieving opportunist. This thief peaks in your window and sees a jackpot! There lies your GPS and he can just barely see a purse strap poking out from under the seat (because someone might steal your purse at the concert, duh!). Initiate the smash and grab! You then come out to your car to end the night (possibly with a new friend hehe) to find your windows broken and your valuable gone. It seriously boggles my mind how often I see folks posting on Facebook…”Ugh! Someone broke into my car and stole my bank card, social security card, birth certificate, and deed to my house!!!”. Okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration but really, who keeps important stuff like that in their car? Keep the valuables out of your car and in a safer spot. Preferably somewhere that has more than a thin sheet of glass protecting it.
So, there you have it. 3 ways to keep your car windows crack free. As mentioned, these may seem like super common sense things…. but …sometimes common sense just isn’t too common.
Once your phone has been dropped, thrown, smashed, or whatever caused it to break…we always see what we could have done to prevent it. What’s that old saying? Oh yeah, hindsight is always 20/20. A lot of these tips may seem like common sense ideas, however, someone that reads this will still break their screen. It’s not always preventable, but if you put these ideas to use it may prevent you from the hassle (and cost) of replacing the screen on that brand new iPhone.
1. Get a case…no, seriously…get one right now!
I get it, you’re probably thinking “Well, duh, but I don’t want to spend $80 on a new Otterbox”. Trust me, I have been there. Let’s rewind to 2013 when the Samsung S4 was just released. I went to the phone store, traded in my old hunk of junk, and had a brand new S4 in my hands. The sales person said, “Hey, do you want to get a case for that?”. I immediately thought they were just trying to upsell me so I declined. I mean come on, this was now my most prized possession, how the heck could I drop it? Important note: at the time, I repaired helicopters for a living. I went from the store to my job and got to work right away. While standing 10 feet in the air on the tail of a helicopter, I pulled out my brand new S4 to text a co-worker about what tools we needed. She looked so pretty gleaming in the warm, spring sun, I smiled, and went to slide it back in my pocket. However, I completely missed my pocket and sent it flying to the tarmac below me. BAM! Instantly I knew the screen was toast…and…yep, sure enough it was shattered. Now, if I had just purchased that $80 case my brand new phone may have survived. Moral of the story: Get a case!!
2. Keep your phone as low to the ground as possible when setting it down
Seriously, another one of those common sense tips. Don’t set your phone on top of that bookcase that’s 6 feet tall. It’s just math and science at this point. There’s a little attribute here on earth that you may have heard about called gravity. The higher your phone is, the more speed it gains during a fall which results in the amount of force it received on impact. The guys over at Gazelle Labs did an experiment to see just how much your risk of a shattered screen increases by the height of the fall. Interestingly enough, 0% of phones that fell from 1 foot or below suffered a broken screen. The proof is in the pudding, rest your phone as low to the ground as possible!
3. Learn a little dance called the “kick-push-save”
Yeeeeah, so I just made that up. However, it may just become a “thing” because it works. Going back to a falling phone, we discussed the gravitational pull as it plummets to its most certain death. There is a way to soften the blow and prevent the damage! As your phone is falling, it is gaining vertical momentum from the downward force. Obviously, the ideal solution is to catch it before it hits the hard surface below. I don’t know about you, but I am not a skilled ninja that can just react and grab it seconds before it hits the ground. This is where we put the “kick-push-save” to use! As your phone is falling on that vertical plane and gaining momentum, an opposite force from the horizontal plane needs to intervene. By kicking your leg out and contacting the phone, you can push that built up momentum on the other direction. Essentially, your phone will go sliding across the floor instead of meeting head on with the concrete. It’s a little risky but could still save your screen from its untimely demise.
4. Pocket protection, it’s not just for nerds
If you’re like me, your phone is in your pocket a majority of the time. I’ve got another little first person experience to share on this one. At the time, I had an iPhone 4 and loved it. It was in my pockets as I was doing chores around the house, so I thought it was safe. However, I finished up my chores and pulled my phone out to check the latest happening on Facebook. What did I find? A nice crack all the way across my screen. How could this have happened? I had a case for my phone, I didn’t drop it, and it was safely in my pocket? Then it hit me… As I was cleaning up our kitchen, I bumped pretty hard into the corner of a table. The phone in my pocket took the brunt force of this encounter and I thought to myself “wow, glad my phone was there, that would have hurt if my leg took that blow”. The problem was that my phone’s screen was facing outward, so the kitchen table smashed right into the screen! So, when putting your phone in your pocket, ensure the screen is facing INWARD to avoid a stupid little mishap like I encountered.
5. Car seats aren’t just for kids, strap in your phone!
Another place where phones take a lot of abuse is in your car. Whether it flies off the center console or falls down in between the seats, it is subjected to numerous obstacles that could provide you with a shattered screen. I don’t know your driving style, but if you tend to be a little wild behind the wheel your phone may see an above average amount of flight time throughout your car. Wearing your seatbelt is a law (in most states/countries) so why not buckle up your best friend (aka your phone)? While they don’t make a specific seatbelt for phones (that I know of) you can buy a nifty little holder for fairly cheap. Check out this one at Wal-Mart that you can get for $12. It clips right into your CD slot and keeps your phone from becoming a projectile while driving.
While most of these tips are very common sense approaches, I hope it provided you with ideas for protecting your phone. Go ahead and leave a comment to let everyone know your favorite tip for keeping your screen safe!
Stay tuned, we will be bringing you all kinds of awesome ways to guard your windows…no, not the Microsoft kind of windows. Let me explain… glass is a fragile part of many of the objects we use. How about that big sheet-o-glass you stare out of every day as you blaze your way through morning traffic. Ever dropped that fancy iPhone of yours? It seems they install a self-destruct mechanism that triggers on impact…..BOOM!… There goes your screen (at least on the iPhone 7 your headphone jack will be okay….oh wait….too soon?).
We will provide you with numerous ways on how to protect your glass. Ever priced out a new window on your car (or God forbid your house)? That stuff ain’t cheap. Using these ways to protect your windows and glass will help keep those precious dolla dolla bills where they belong (in your pocket, not the strip club….perv).