Vehicle Repair

Need help? Here's how to fix your chipped, cracked, or shattered windshield

Chipped, cracked, and shattered windshields are a problem that need to be addressed as soon as possible.

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Chipped. Cracked. Shattered. Whatever the ailment, it's likely that at some time during the life of your vehicle, you will have to change out its windshied. Here's what to do if your windscreen suddenly needs to be replaced.

Contact your insurance company. Have photos of the damage ready and your story straight. Often, your insurance company will authorize a repair without any cost to you or waive the deductable if you opt for a chip repair, which costs them less than replacing an entire windshield. Insurance companies will likely have a preferred vender for a repair, and it might not be your dealership.

Will your insurance cover it? When looking for an automotive glass installer, call your insurance company for a recommendation. At the same time, inquire about making a claim for the repair. They usually treat a glass repair claim differently than other comprehensive claims. A different deductable usually apply in this situation.

Move quickly. If you just have a small chip, it can usually be easily repaired and you won't have to replace the entire windshield. However, you need to act quickly to prevent the chip from turning into a crack or worse.

Auto Glass Replacement There's a lot to consider when you think you need to have your windshield replaced. Photo by Getty Images

Not all windshields are created equal. If you do not get a chip repaired in time and the crack spreads, you will need a replacement windshield. You may think that all replacement windshields are the same, but they are far from it. Calling around, you might find a replacement windshield for only $150, including installation. A call to another automotive glass specialist reveals that company charges $375, including installation.

What is the difference?

There are numerous types of replacement windshields on the market but they aren't all good quality. Some are thin while others are thick. Some may not contain the tinting you are used to or distort your view.

Find the right replacement. When you contact a glass installer, ask for a price of OEM (original equipment manufacturer) DOT replacement glass. To obtain a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) certification, the glass must pass strict quality standards.

Automakers have specifications regarding the shape, size, and thickness of the windshields in their vehicles when the car is originally produced. Most new cars and trucks use laminated, acoustic glass. An acoustic glass windshield has an layer of soundproofing insulation between the two layers of glass. Replacing any of your glass with standard glass, which is not laminated, will make your previously quiet vehicle more susceptible to wind and road noise.

Is it safe? According to the Auto Glass Safety Council, the windshield provides significant structural support strength to the cabin of the vehicle. According to their research, in the event of a front end collision, a windshield provides up to 45 percent of the structural integrity of the cabin of the vehicle. During a rollover crash, the amount increases to 60 percent. It is not an exaggeration to say that choosing the right windshield could be the difference between life and death.

Make sure the job is done right the first time. To ensure that your windshield is being replaced by a certified technician who knows what they are doing, ask if the shop/operation is AGRSS (Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standards) certified. To obtain this accrediation, a repair shop and its installers must have specialized training and the equipment to perform a professional replacement.

Get schooled on the stipulations of your service. It there a warranty? Even great shops make a mistake sometimes. A warranty may ensure that you will not have to pay again for something that should have been done right the first time.

Not all replacement windshields are the same. Using this information to choose the right installer and the right parts can ensure that you get the quality replacement you need to keep you safe on the road.

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Lime's U.S. transportation lineup will soon include mopeds.

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Lime is gearing up to launch electric mopeds in cities in the U.S. and Europe this spring. This last mile transportation option is seen as key for the company as it looks to make a larger footprint in reducing trips under five miles, which according to their research, account for nearly 60 percent of all car trips in the U.S. and U.K.

"The addition of electric mopeds to our fleet of e-bikes and e-scooters is another major step in our goal of ensuring access to affordable, carbon-free shared transportation in cities around the world" said Wayne Ting, CEO of Lime. "As the first micromobility provider to offer three vehicles on one platform, we're excited to help cities and riders get moving again with safe, sustainable, and socially-distant transportation to serve any urban journey. Lime now offers a ride for any trip, at any time, in nearly any major city in the world, furthering our mission to foster people-first cities."

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Lime has collaborated with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) to design a multi-chapter rider safety e-course. That course must be completed by anyone before they are able to take a ride on Lime's mopeds. Additionally, Lime is providing a practice guide with MSF-designed exercises that riders can use on their own to refine their riding skills and prepare themselves for various traffic situations. The guide provides step-by-step directions and tips on critical skills such as turning and emergency braking.

"As micromobility offerings diversify, and shift from cycling lanes onto busy city streets, MSF is stepping forward. MSF wants all Lime riders to be safe and have fun. We encourage them to take full advantage of Lime's training offerings, and to always wear helmets and other riding gear," said Robert Gladden, VP of training operations for MSF. "We applaud Lime's decision to include rider education and safety training in their new electric moped program."

Lime will also offer free, 45-minute in-person lessons for any rider that is interested in learning how to ride a moped. Lime notes the the lessons "will be taught by MSF-certified instructors in small class sizes and are designed to help riders get comfortable and confident with the fundamentals of riding, such as braking, turning, and parking."

The fine print for rentals reads:

"Riders must be 21 or older to ride in the US, and 18 or older in Paris. To access Lime mopeds, riders must have a valid driver's license, and take a photo of themselves to ensure it matches the driver's license photo. Riders will be unable to access a moped if the photo does not match the driver's license. Before beginning a ride, riders must also take a photo of themselves wearing a helmet, which must then be worn all times throughout a ride."

Lime e-mopeds have a top speed of 28 mph and can travel up to 87 miles on a single charge.

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The snowflakes can be made and used to decorate your home this winter.

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Vehicle design starts with lines, some straighter than others. Nissan's design team has team up with paper toy maker Tougui to take the lines of the Nissan Leaf and Ariya, and translate them into six designs for do-it-yourself paper snowflakes.

"First, you roughly define the proportion of your vehicle, depending on whether you are working on a crossover, a sports car or a small car. You only need a few lines for that," says Matthew Weaver, Vice President Design, Nissan Europe. "Some lines are very distinctive for our vehicles, such as the floating roof on Ariya. I believe the fewest strokes to form the vehicle shape is ideal. It determines whether your car is recognizable and sometimes it makes it iconic."

2022 Nissan Ariya The roof lines of the 2022 Nissan Ariya helped inform one of the snowflakes' designs.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

No elaborate material is needed: just paper, a pen (if you prefer to draw the lines yourself instead of printing the template), scissors and some creativity. These snowflakes can be made small or large.

Snowflake patterns and instructions are below.

Nissan Ariya snowflake pattern design craft

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Nissan Ariya snowflake pattern design craft

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Nissan Ariya snowflake pattern design craft

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Nissan Ariya snowflake pattern design craft

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Nissan Leaf snowflake pattern design craft

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Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Nissan Leaf snowflake pattern design craft

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Nissan Leaf snowflake pattern design craft

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Share your creation with Nissan by tagging images of your paper snowflakes on social media with #NissanHoliday.

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