One of the biggest selling points of any vehicle is how safe it is. If a car has qualified to be noted as a Top Safety Pick, more often than not, it’s a key point to mention in any commercial or publication. How, exactly, does a car become a Top Safety Pick?
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a non-profit organization that puts together the ranking every year. As an organization, the IIHS’s main purpose is working towards reducing the number of car collisions, which subsequently lowers both the rate of injuries and amount of total property damage claimed. Beyond that, the Institute also reviews related products, like children’s car seats. The IIHS releases their list of Top Safety Picks every year, the results determined by different tests.
The tests undertaken include:
• Moderate overlap frontal test
• Side crash test
• Head restraint evaluation
• Roof strength test
Cars are ranked by performance in these above tests, on the scale from good, acceptable, marginal, or poor. In some cases, these rankings are determined by a series of sub-rankings in each test. For example, in the side crash test, there are nine categories that eventually determine the overall side impact score. A fifth test, a small overlap frontal test, is also performed, but has less weight in determining if a car is a Top Safety Pick.
There is a sixth test, a frontal collision avoidance evaluation. Since front crash prevention systems differ between vehicles, this particular test is not used to give the distinction of Top Safety Pick. However, a new category, Top Safety Pick+, is awarded to vehicles that have a rating of “basic” or higher in this test while meeting all other Top Safety Pick criteria.
Despite car thefts slowly decreasing in 2013 (as predicted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation), reported thefts average out to one vehicle being stolen every 45 seconds. These ten vehicles topped the list as most frequently stolen in 2013, over all model years:
- Honda Accord
- Honda Civic
- Chevrolet Silverado
- Ford F-150
- Toyota Camry
- Dodge/Ram Pickup
- Dodge Caravan
- Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee
- Toyota Corolla
- Nissan Altima
(predictions, list and statistics provided by the National Insurance Crime Bureau)
How can you keep your vehicle safe? Cars are continuing to receive improvements to stock anti-theft systems, such as engine immobilizer systems. If you’re not in the market for a vehicle with systems like this just yet, other courses of action can be taken. Anti-theft devices like steering wheel locks are popular, as are alarms. These devices can also possibly benefit your insurance policy. However, sometimes small precautionary measures can make the difference between having your car broken into or staying untouched when parking.
Some tips include:
- Keep the sunroof and windows closed when not in the vehicle
- Ensure the vehicle is locked whenever leaving
- Keep valuables out of view
Read more helpful hints on our website here.
When it’s hot outside, not much feels better than a solid burst of cool air from the air conditioner while you drive. However, it pays to be careful – the temperature discrepancy between the cold air coming into your vehicle and the sun-warmed glass of your windshield could cause a chip or ding in your windshield to turn into a crack. Any damage, even as minor as a chip, can weaken the structural integrity of the glass, and the contrast in temperature can expose this and turn that easy-to-repair chip into a total windshield replacement.
Chips and dings can take on a variety of looks, including a bullseye, star, half moon, or a combination of the three.
Above: Combination chip.
As soon as this damage happens, especially if it’s in your line of vision while you drive, it’s important to get it repaired. The longer a chip is present on your windshield, the higher the chances that damage could become irreparable. In some states, it’s a ticketable offense to drive with a windshield with damage that obstructs the vision.
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As spring goes on, you may find you have to flick your windshield wipers on more often. Ease the wear on your wiper blades with AquaPel, a special coating for your glass. Use it on any piece of glass in your car to improve visibility and repel rain, including your windshield and back windshield. AquaPel is also great in the home, especially in glass shower enclosures.
Since AquaPel forms a chemical bond with the glass, this coating doesn’t wash away. With normal use, AquaPel lasts for several months, wearing off gradually. It does not leave any residue behind. If you clean your glass with a glass cleaner periodically, this doesn’t affect the durability of AquaPel.
When used indoors, AquaPel can be applied on the interior of a glass shower enclosure. The coating can protect the glass against hard water marks, and can help minimize mildew and soap scum from accumulating. Like its lifespan on auto glass, AquaPel will last for several months after the application and wears off gradually.
Whether it’s on your car or in your home, AquaPel takes only a few minutes to apply. Any of our trained technicians can do this when they install your glass job. It doesn’t matter if we’re in our shop or on the road with our mobile service either; we’ll be able to help.
If you’re looking at replacing your home’s windows, you may be looking at energy-efficient windows. There are several benefits to choosing an energy-efficient model, such as one with double glazing, including the following:
Energy-efficient models go hand in hand with good frames. A good frame, like one constructed of vinyl, will work to insulate your home further, minimizing any heat transfer. Air leakage should be kept to a minimum, and any joints in the frame need to be sealed airtight to keep out moisture and cold air.
Both non-operable and operable windows can be energy efficient. Non-operable, or fixed, windows are more airtight, but since they cannot open, it would not be advisable to outfit your entire home with this type. When looking at operable windows, hinged products are preferable to sliding models, as the closure fixture keeps the window tight to the frame.
At Speedy, we offer a wide range of energy-efficient models to give you the choice of what best suits your need. Give your local branch a call and they’ll be able to answer any questions you may have. Estimates are always free.
When phoning in your windshield or auto glass claim make sure to request Speedy Glass. We are your environmentally preferred glass choice. We are unlike most glass companies, as we promote repair first before doing an automatic replacement. Most chip repairs take only about 20 minutes to perform and can be done in shop or at your place of convenience. We understand the desire to keep the original factory seal intact.
If we can’t repair the damage we can then proceed to replacement. Just like repair at Speedy Glass, we take pride in our replacements as well. We are members of the Auto Glass Safety council and part of a select group of companies chosen by insurers for best of class auto glass installations. We have been replacing auto glass for over 60 years, so we will be here when you need us.
By choosing Speedy Glass your windshield repair and auto glass replacement will come with a nationwide warranty, OEM materials and installation by technicians who know how to work on all types vehicles.
When filing your claim make sure to request Speedy Glass for all your auto glass replacement needs. We are the environmentally friendly auto glass company. Unlike most auto glass companies, we promote repair first before replacement. A single windshield repair usually takes about 20 minutes and can be done in shop or at your place of convenience. Most of our windshield repairs are done at homes or offices thereby keeping your schedule free to do other things.
We recognize that the factory seal of your original windshield shouldn’t be altered unless required due to excessive damage.
If you do require a replacement here’s how we differ from the competition:
- Free mobile auto glass service
- Over 60 years of windshield knowledge
- Our glass comes from tier one manufacturers who produce auto glass for Ford, Chrysler, GM and others.
- OEM Sealant used to prevent water and air leakage
- Back ground checked employees for your safety when mobile installations requested
- All employees are drug screened.
- Member of the Auto Glass Safety Council
- Member of the ARG Alliance
- Nationwide warranty
When we replace auto glass, we only we only know the right way. We are not new to repair, as we have been doing it for over 60 years. Our number one goal is customer satisfaction and safety. Windshield replacements can vary on competitiveness from $150-$1000, but not all quotes are equal. When a windshield replacement price becomes less than an Apple iPod that’s your sign that the install you are getting is questionable at all levels.
No car leaves our care until we know that it’s safe to drive. That means we know the sealant has met the safe drive away time required to keep your windshield in place upon impact. We also make sure that all parts of the windshield get the same amount of sealant, ensuring no leaks or wind noise will happen after installation. This is one of the most frequent issues we hear and fix from customers who have gone with questionable companies to save a $20 bill.
When it comes to the type of materials used – glass, moldings, urethane, clips, electronics you are at the mercy of the glass company you choose. Unfortunately most of the materials in an installation will never be seen by your eyes, so you must rely on the glass company to provide you with all the right products. Unlike new or unknown companies, here today and gone tomorrow, we will not take the chance of using inferior products to make more money at your expense. We have too much pride in losing our status of being Portland’s Best Auto Glass Company.
All glass claims for State Farm are handled by the Lynx Network. The process is very simple and can be done with a simple phone call. The most important requirement is knowing who you are going to choose to repair your damage. Of course, you are going to ask for Speedy Glass! We know glass and have been repairing glass damage for over 60 years. With over a million installations performed you can rest assured that we are professionals at our job. We only believe in providing the highest quality glass and installation materials. If you’re not confident about handling the claim process on your own feel free to visit one of our locations where our staff will help you coordinate the claim via a three way call. This is a very, very efficient way of getting all the right parties together to make the claim process very fast and painless. We work closely with Lynx every day and are constantly in touch with them on claim authorization and verification. Let us know how we can help you?
Depending on the depth and length of the scratch most windshield repairs cannot be done correctly. If too much surface area of a windshield is removed the optics of the auto glass will become uneven and will result in eye strain for the driver or passenger. Buffing of auto glass isn’t a simple or quick solution and if too much heat buildup occurs the ending result is usually noticeable blemishes or even a stress crack on the windshield.
Most scratches occur on windshields when wipers blades become old or contaminated. The hardened rubber or small debris caught in the blades will quickly scratch any surface. The best way to prevent autoglass scratches are to change your vehicles wipers upon windshield replacement or to drop into your local Speedy Glass Dealer to get fitted with a new pair. All wiper blade sales come with free installation.
If you have any questions feel free to give us a call.