Today’s windshields do a lot more than just act as a barrier for insects, wind, and weather. In most modern vehicles, windshields are engineered to provide significant structural support for added stability on the road and increased protection for drivers and passengers in a collision or rollover accident.
At Halco Glass, we understand the important role your windshield plays in keeping you safe behind the wheel. And it’s something we don’t take lightly.
Our trained technicians will analyze the extent of the damage to your windshield and will provide you with the most cost-effective options for restoring this very important component of your vehicle’s safety features to full functionality.
Sudden frigid conditions around the Lower Mainland area could cause your car’s windshield to develop or increase the size of existing cracks. Glass expands and contracts due to temperature so it’s important to be aware of sudden temperature changes.
Never use boiling water to defrost your windshield. Instead, turn on the defroster and let the windshield warm up slowly. However, be careful not to set the defroster too high. Let the windshield warm up gradually so the glass isn’t shocked by cold temperatures outside and warm temperatures inside, which can also lead to cracking or developing larger cracks from ones that already exist.
Minor chips in your auto glass can often be repaired to like-new quality at a fraction of the cost of a windshield replacement. Halco Glass specializes in providing the most advanced and durable repair services for your windshield and will help you minimize your out-of-pocket expenses.
We are a certified ICBC Glass Express facility which means we comply with all standards and best practices prescribed by ICBC. Let the trained technicians at Halco Glass provide you with the most cost-effective solutions for your auto glass repair and replacement needs.
Seasons Greetings from Halco Glass!
Stay safe, and have a Happy New Year.
Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a moment of silence to honour and remember the men and women who have served, and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict, as well as in peace. We remember the more than 2,300,000 Canadians who have served throughout our nation’s history and the more than 118,000 who made the ultimate sacrifice.
A national ceremony is held at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, where the Governor-General of Canada presides over the ceremony. It is also attended by the Prime Minister, other government officials, representatives of Veterans’ organizations, diplomatic representatives, and other dignitaries — along with Veterans as well as the general public.
Celebrate less socially and trick-or-treat locally this year. Halloween in 2020 can still be fun if done safely by following these tips:
- Respect homes by staying away if the lights are out.
- Keep to your local neighborhood this year.
- Avoid trick-or-treating in busy indoor areas (like malls) since there may not be enough space to distance.
- Trick-or-treat in a small social group, stick to six people.
- Leave space between you and other groups to reduce crowding on stairs and sidewalks.
- Wash your hands before you go out, when you get home, and before eating treats.
- Discard broken packaging or homemade treats if you’re unsure of their source.
And as always, wear reflective strips or carry a flashlight to make you visible to motorists.
Fall weather brings shorter daylight hours and unpredictable driving conditions. This time of the year is especially critical for motorists to see and be seen.
Clear off your windshield
Keep your windshield clean without using products that accentuate the sun’s glare. Replace your old wiper blades with fresh ones to eliminate streaking, and always scrape off any frost in the morning before hitting the road.
Use your headlights
Make sure that your headlights work, and then turn them on whenever it’s foggy, raining, or while driving between dusk and dawn. And remember, when driving in fog, only use low beam settings so you won’t blind oncoming drivers, or yourself.
If your pet travels with you in your car, this information will help ensure they stay safe.
Buckle up—even pets
Just like people, animals need to be buckled up for safety. Having your pet properly restrained can prevent them from escaping, flying forward in your vehicle, or being hurt in a crash.
Keeping your pet secured in your vehicle also prevents you from driving while distracted. Driver distraction is a leading cause of car crashes in B.C.
Thieves will ‘smash and grab’ if they suspect you have the following items in your vehicle. According to police reports, these items are the 10 most popular:
- Personal electronics—tablets, laptops, iPods, GPS
- Work tools
- Credit cards and identification
- Stereo equipment
- Cash and change
- Car parts and accessories
- Garage door openers
Has your windshield been damaged or chipped? ICBC will assist you in processing a windshield repair or glass replacement claim, quickly and easily.
Am I covered?
You are covered if you have ICBC Comprehensive coverage. What’s more, you may be able to have your windshield repaired for free, without paying a deductible.
Where do I go?
You should go directly to an ICBC-approved Glass Repair Program facility.
Why should I go there?
ICBC Glass Repair Program facilities:
- Have the ability to initiate glass claims and invoice ICBC directly
- Offer limited windshield replacement warranties
- Have certified glass technicians on staff
- Provide fast, efficient claims processing