Can hailstorms effect your cars windshield

It’s that time of year in Florida when tropical storms and afternoon showers are a common occurrence. These storms can even produce golf ball size hail.  Hail storms produce ice spheres that can cause extensive denting, especially on the hood, roof, and trunk of your vehicle.

Since the windshield is the most vulnerable part of your vehicle during a hailstorm when hail hits a windshield it can leave damage that can shatter the windshield or cracks around where the hail impacted.

After a hailstorm, Gerber Collision and Glass recommends inspecting your vehicle for damage.  Even minor chips require attention before they turn into large cracks.

With over 100 locations to serve you, and a written lifetime guarantee on all work, we are your hail damage repair specialist.


Car Windshield Care

Windshield Care

Maintaining your windshield is one of the main priorities of your car.  It makes the car look good and it helps you drive safer.  In a collision, the windshield is what prevents the roof from caving in.  Here are some important tips to contemplate when it comes to taking care of your windshield. 

If you have a crack or chip in your glass get it fixed right away.  Sometimes when you are driving, debris such as pebbles, sand, or trash can cause dings in the glass.  Over time the dings will turn into bigger cracks.

Don’t slam your car doors.  Slamming the doors cause strong vibrations to the windshield.  The vibrations can cause the dings to spread. 

Don’t leave your vehicle in direct sunlight.  Extended exposure to sunlight can shorten the life of your windshield.  If there is a great temperature different on either side of the windshield, the dings could get worse. 

Clean the windshield with vinegar or alcohol.  Use cotton or microfiber towels.  Don’t use ammonia based glass cleaners.  They could destroy the tint. 

Use a rag to clean the wipers.  Dirt and sand can get on the wipers and scratch the windshield.  Rub the rag on the blades to remove the dirt, dust and sand.

Gerber Collision and Glass want you to keep your windshield in good condition.  If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to call us at 1-877-7gerber. Don’t forget your windshield tips. 

Windshield Wiper Motor

Windshield Wiper Motor

An electric motor is what makes the wiper blades move back and forth.  This happens as soon as you turn on your windshield wipers.  The majority of cars have a single wiper motor that controls the wipers on the front of your car.  When a car has a back window wiper, it will have a separate motor. 

The front windshield wiper motor is generally located under the outside vent at the bottom of your windshield. It is what moves the linkage back and forth to the wiper transmissions.  This causes the wiper arms to move. 

The motors could fail and need to be replaced.  Gerber Collision and Glass encourage you to replace the motor to get your wipers back up and running for the rainy season.

Driving in the summer rain

Driving in the summer rain

Gerber Collision and Glass would like to suggest some safety tips for driving in wet weather.  It is imperative that you can see and be seen.  It is more difficult to see other cars and the road.  Please slow down because it takes more time to stop in rainy weather. 

Before you go, make sure you wipe off the bottom of your shoes.  Your shoes will be wet and could slip off the pedals.  Check all of your lights and turn signals to make sure they are working properly. 

Check your tires often.  Bald tires will reduce your traction on the wet roads.  You could end up riding on a layer of water. 

Make sure you replace your wipers once a year.  Bad wipers will distort your view in rainy weather.   Turn on your wipers during bad weather.  Wipers will clear the rain from the windshield with every sweep. 

Make sure you turn on your headlights.  It helps all the other cars see you on the road.  This will keep you safe during rainy weather.  Rain can cause windows to mist up inside the car.  Turn the defroster on and make sure it is on heat.   Drivers should clean their windshield and windows often to help them see well.

If the rain is so heavy that you have no visibility, then it is time to pull over.   Stop at a protected area like a rest area.  If your only option is the roadside, then pull off as far as possible.  Alert other drivers by turning on your emergency flashers. 

Summer is here and so are the rains.  Always use common sense when driving in the rain.  Every driver can make a difference in the rain!

Rainy Summer Days

Rainy Summer Days

The rainy summer days are ahead of us.  We need to drive smart in stormy conditions.  It ismore difficult to see other cars and the road.  Practicing extra safety precautions during a rainy road trip will keep you and others safe. 

Keep the proper distance from the car ahead of you.  It takes longer to stop in wet weather.  The 3 second rule or longer should be followed.  Slow down your driving speed.  Accidents happen more in wet weather.

Turn your headlights on even in a light rain.  They will help other drivers see you.  If your vehicle has daytime running lights you still should put them on, so vehicles behind you can see you better. 

Replace windshield wipers at the beginning of the season to prepare for the weather.  Bad wipers can distort your view in rainy weather. 

Check your tires frequently. Bald tires significantly decrease your traction on wet roadways.  If your tires are bald, the water has no place to go and you end up driving on water, and have a chance of hydroplaning.

Gerber Collision and Glass would like you to enjoy your summer with your family and friends and keep safe on the roadways.



Winshield Wiper Fluid – What to do before a snowstorm

Car owners can go through a lot of windshield wiper fluid in a single snowstorm, hail, or rain storm so be prepared with the following tips from Gerber Collision.

–       Fill your vehicle’s windshield wiper fluid before the first snowflake hits

–       Use high-quality, “no-freeze” fluid.

–       Consider buying an extra bottle and leaving it in your trunk.

–       Inspect your windshield wipers and defroster in both the front and rear windshield.

–       Replace worn-out blades.

Safe driving during a snowstorm, rainstorm, or hail depends on maintaining the best visibility possible

Car Windshield wiper care – How to take care of windshield wipers

It’s easy to forget that windshield wipers are a safety feature—until you end up driving in heavy rain or snow. Dirt, debris, and mother nature abrade wipers, while  sunlight breaks down the rubber edges. Most windshield wipers need replacement every six to nine months. To check this, lift each wiper off the windshield glass and run your finger along the edge.  If the rubber is chipped or a little rigid, you need new wipers.

Here are two tips from Gerber Collision and Glass to take care of your windshield wipers.

Keep them clean – Put windshield washer fluid on a damp sponge or rag and wipe debris off the rubber and your car windshield where the wiper rests.

Keep them free – If wipers are frozen to the glass, use the defroster and hand-clear snow and ice from around them before turning them on. Use windshield washer fluid with antifreeze.

Windshield Wipers Need Attention Too

Windshield Wiper Safety

When talking about car safety there is one issue that gets unnoticed time and time again.  Worn wiper blades pose a serious risk to the safety of you and your vehicle.  It is essential for you to have the clearest possible view through your windshield.  Old worn out blades can cause streaking.  This can be extremely dangerous and distort your perception.

Windshield wipers can become weak from oil, dirt, sunlight and temperature.  Even if the wipers are not used these factors will still cause them to age.  It is important to clean your wipers on a regular basis.  This will help eliminate any dirt or contaminates stuck on them.  It is also recommended that you replace your wipers every six months.  Many auto parts stores install them for free when you buy them.  Try to avoid getting your wipers replaced at the oil change station.  They are sometimes double or triple the price.  Make sure to get the proper blades for the environment in which you are driving.  Gerber Collision and Glass recommends you refer to your vehicles maintenance book or have a professional opinion to which wiper blades are right for you.