Windshield Maintenance Vital to Automobile Safety
from its obvious benefits like protection from wind
and road debris the windshield is a critical part
of your vehicle's safety. In fact, the windshield
is classified as a safety device and is part of a
vehicle's structural safety system. In an accident,
the it enables the passenger airbag to function
and minimizes roof collapse.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety,
more than nine percent of all accidents are from rollovers.
Passengers who remain in the vehicle during a rollover
accident are 25 times more likely to escape injury.
To ensure a windshield will remain intact during a
collision, it must be installed properly. Proper installation
of a windshield involves more than 20 steps and can
take anywhere from 40 minutes to more than two hours,
said Steve Zweig, director of PPG Prostars, a nation-wide
network of industry-certified auto glass technicians.
There are techniques and federal regulations
governing auto glass installation; therefore, it is
imperative that when you need your windshield to be
repaired or replaced, you find a repair
center dedicated to the highest
standards in the auto glass industry.
Here are some important facts that drivers should
be aware of in the event that they need their windshield
repaired or replaced:
There are four elements of a quality windshield
A professional technician, the right glass, the right
adhesive and a warranty. Reputable shops will always
stand behind their work.
Not all auto replacement glass is the same.
Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), like PPG,
make replacement auto glass parts following the same
quality procedures used to make glass for car manufacturers.
As a result, PPG replacement windshields look and
fit more like original equipment and meet the same
safety requirements as original equipment. A properly
fitted windshield reduces the likelihood of wind noise,
leakage and appearance problems.
Always ensure the technician who worked on your
vehicle clearly defines the safe drive-away time.
A windshield is secured into a vehicle with sophisticated
adhesive systems. Safe drive-away times may vary depending
on the adhesive system used and the manufacturer's
recommended curing or drying time. This information
should be obtained as part of written instructions
to the owner, which can include pre-inspection
results and the type of glass, primers and urethanes
Weather dictates when a technician can perform
repair or replacement work outdoors.
facilities will always try to make any service work
convenient for customers, but will advise you when
indoor work is necessary to adhere to all safe windshield
installation and repair practices.
PPG PROSTARS shops have certified
technicians and guarantee their work with a national,
written warranty. Call 800-774-1711
to find a technician, or for information
on the PPG PROSTARS network and PPG Industries, Inc.