No matter how careful you are, bad luck can happen to anyone on the road. Broken glass is one of them, like any problem there’s always a solution. For your windshield and other auto glass needs, Aguila Auto Glass has been the leading brand in the automotive glass and parts replacement industry for 70 years, and they shared with us 5 common reasons why customers visit their shops nationwide.
- Vehicular accidents
This goes without saying: an accident is easily one of the most common causes of windshield breakage. While modern auto glass involves processes such as lamination (for windshields) and tempering (for side windows) to enhance the strength of the material, all bets are off when it comes to accidents.
Modern automotive safety technology has aimed to reduce the occurrence of vehicular accidents and the extent of its damage to life, other vehicles, and property. This remains one of the top reasons for damaged automotive glass.
Avoiding it is simple: drive defensively and carefully. Be alert, give others space on the road, and slow down.
- Flying or falling objects
Road debris kicked up by another vehicle at speed can cause serious damage to a car’s windshield. Whether it's a piece of wood or other debris, this happens quite more frequently than many would think, and can easily lead to a broken windshield.
Parking under trees or next to buildings under construction means your vehicle is vulnerable to falling debris. Sometimes it's something small like a bolt, but it could also be something as big and as heavy as a coconut.
Avoiding these incidents is easy: don't tailgate on the highway to give yourself time to respond if something is flung by that vehicle ahead of you. As for falling debris, just find a safer parking spot.
If your windshield breaks, try to have it replaced soon and try to limit your speed as wind resistance can aggravate the crack on your windshield. Aguila Auto Glass has the most extensive range of auto glass products for over 8,000 vehicle models that are compliant with DTI regulations and all ICC Mark guaranteed. The company also offers glass replacement for bus, truck, and heavy equipment applications.
- Using old and damaged wiper blades
Wiper blades are much more important to road safety than many would think. They serve to clean your windshield, but there are times they could be very bad for your windshield.
Using old wiper blades can easily damage your windshield. If the rubber or silicone blades are already cracked and broken, you could end up with the metal frame scratching on the windshield. Also, if there is grit like sand or dirt on the windshield, the blades will simply spread the grit, scratching your windshield.
Avoiding these problems is easy: regularly check your windshield wiper blades, remove any accumulated dirt before driving, and be sure to replace them when needed.
Aguila Auto Glass offers a wide range of Bosch and Type S Durablade wipers that help provide a cleaner, clearer, enhanced field of view, pride themselves with a smooth and streak-free performance, and are designed for all weather conditions.
- Use of abrasive cleaning materials
Did your mom ever tell you to not use steel wool when washing non-stick pans? Well, the case is the same for windshields.
Abrasive cleaning materials can and will cause permanent damage to windshields in the form of scratches; that's why we must never use strong abrasive materials such as scrubbing or scouring pads to clean a windshield.
Always use a soft wash mitt, car wash sponge, or clean towels. Avoid using detergents or other harmful chemicals to clean your windshield; use only specified glass cleaners or car shampoo. And fill your washer fluid tank with only wiper washer fluid or plain water.
- Failed crack repair
Some small windshield cracks may be repaired with DIY kits, but keep in mind that windshield or auto glass repair kits cannot permanently fix the damage. These are temporary fixes that stop the cracks and chips from spreading.
Aguila Auto Glass reminds motorists to use only laminated glass for windshields to ensure driver visibility even when cracked. For a more budget-friendly alternative, Aguila Auto Glass also carries Zone Tempered glass for a number of models. The use of fully tempered glass is not only dangerous but illegal as specified by the Philippine National Standards (PNS 130:1988 Amd 1: 1998).
Some vehicles may come with OEM Laminated backglass and laminated door glass, Aguila Auto Glass can also supply these as per OEM specification.
Since the first store was opened by the husband and wife team of Atty. Lauro and Maria Aguila in February 18, 1952, the company has expanded to 25 branches all over Luzon with the pillars of Trust, Reliability, and Safety.
If your windshield breaks, don't wait, don't hesitate; Dial 863-GLASS(45277) or visit any of Aguila Auto Glass' 25 outlets.