What Type of Windshield do I Need?

Which windshield is best for my car?

Windshields (or windscreens) are part of a vehicle, either an aircraft, automobile, or water vehicle. It acts as a front window pane that provides visibility while protecting those who are occupying the area behind the glass. There are several types of windshields, and each has its particular use.

Types of windshield glass

Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Glass

This windshield is quite different from the aftermarket glass. This windshield originates from the manufacturer itself. Since it came initially from the direct supplier, the tests it underwent are precisely honed for your car’s performance and safety and genuinely certified.

The downside of this type of windshield glass is the price. A replacement unit can cost up to 60% more than an aftermarket windshield.

Aftermarket Windshield Glass 

Aftermarket products suggest a non-brand/generic model replacement, and in the case of windshields the glass is largely presumed to be equal to OEM glass. The specific location of origin is presumably unknown, and overseas purchase is likely possible. 

Unlike the two other types of the windshield, this one is on the lower side of the price chain. Make sure if you are purchasing this windshield, it is from the same region as you and complies with your state’s standard. 

Dealer windshield glass

Initially, the vehicle manufacturers give dealers authorization to provide windshields other than the direct to OEM supplier and resell it under the car brand the dealer is patronizing or in-car specialty choice or brand stores.

What are the types of glass for windshield use?

Laminated glass

Laminated glass is also known as security glass, and is specially made for the protection and safety of the driver at all times.

This glass provides a safety system to prevent the windshield from breaking due to any unexpected blows.

Mainly produced with a thin sheet of clear PVB or only-vinyl butyrate tempered glass, laminated glass also strengthens the support structure of the car frame to help keep the roof from buckling. It also enables the passenger airbag to deploy correctly and is intended to prevent passengers from improper ejection from the vehicle.

Tempered Glass

This type of windshield glass undergoes a process through a unique chemical and thermal process. This process creates a resistance that is above average to that of standard glass, however if tempered glass is to break, it can certainly create dangerous fragments for the occupants of the car. Some countries have banned this type of windshield glass.

In Summary

Windshields are an essential part of a vehicle that offers protection from the outside elements. It can be OEM, or come from a dealer or an aftermarket supplier. As a cautious and responsible vehicle owner, it is your responsibility to  maintain the quality and integrity of your windshield. If you need help choosing the most suitable windshield at the best price point possible, please do not hesitate to give us a call or fill out our contact form for a free quote: https://rvaglassrepair.com/contact/

ADAS – Advanced Driver Assistance Systems: The Future of Intelligent Driving

What is ADAS?

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems are electronic systems that help drivers with maneuvering and parking. Through a safe human-machine interface, it can significantly increase car and road safety.

ADAS systems use artificial intelligence technology such as sensors and cameras to detect nearby obstacles, driver errors and respond accordingly.

How does it work?

ADAS systems were first being used and introduced around 50 years ago to adopt the anti-lock braking system.

Early ADAS adaptation includes the following:

    • Electronic stability control
    • Anti-lock brakes
    • Blindspot information systems
    • Lane departure warning
    • Adaptive cruise control
    • Traction control

Mechanical alignment, adjustments, and collision damage can affect ADAS. These failures led many manufacturers to require resets to the system after every automatic alignment.

Compared to driver-assistance systems, ADAS relies on information inputs from multiple data sources. These include automotive imaging, LIDAR, radar, image processing, computer vision, and in-car networking. 

Modern cars have newer ADAS systems integrated directly into their computer box.

Manufacturers have started adding these features to their more recent models due to the advanced and increased safety features.

Why is ADAS important?

Since ADAS are real-time systems, they react quickly to multiple inputs and prioritize the incoming information to prevent accidents and possible problems along the road.

The systems use preemptive scheduling that prioritizes which task is first, using a fairly complex system of AI coding. The improper assignment of these tasks then can cause more harm than good.

According to the August 2016 Traffic Safety Facts Research Note by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “The Nation lost 35,092 people in crashes on U.S. roadways during 2015.

The abrupt 7.2% increase was “the largest percentage increase in nearly 50 years.” 

An analysis shows that 94% of those accidents are caused by human misjudgment or negligence, and the rest by environmental and mechanical failures. Thus, the opportunity to reduce car accidents makes automotive ADAS even more critical. 

Automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, surrounding view backup cameras, parking assist, driver-drowsiness detection, and gaze-detection are among the many ADAS applications that assist drivers with safety-critical functionality to reduce car accidents and save lives. 

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The Future of ADAS

The rapid increase in the amount of car electronic hardware and software requires a rapid change in the present situation of automobile designs.

Manufacturers have identified the convergence of these conflicting goals:

    • An increase in reliability
    • Reduction of costs
    • Shorter development cycles

There is a shifting trend from ADAS electronic controller units (ECUs) to the integration of ADAS domain controllers with centralized ECUs.

This means that the systems are able to handle the information that is currently at what SAE International designates as Level 2.

Level 2 is where the vehicle can control both the steering and acceleration or deceleration, but falls short of self-driving because humans are in the driver’s seat and ultimately control the car.

The shift toward fully autonomous cars—vehicles capable of the environment-sensing and operating without human interaction—requires an increase in the electronic architecture of these automobiles.

In summary

Manufacturers of automotive are looking towards the development and integration of even better ADAS systems in the coming years. This means good news for everybody on the road.

The development of ADAS has certainly been a step in the right direction towards creating fewer injuries and deaths. And then is helping lead to a much safer driving experience for all, which is something we can all celebrate.

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Appointments during Covid19

Appointments during covid19, we know that booking service during the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic became harder.

So we came up with a guide to help you to deal with auto glass repairs!

RVA Glass windshield repair has experienced an increase in business volume since the onset of Covid-19. The fastest way to get a response is by texting us your appointments during covid19 at 804-519-4218. You can also email us at rvaglassrepair@gmail.com or use the contact form here on our website.

To provide a proper price quote for a windshield, please do provide the year, make, and model of the vehicle. Plus, any other extra features about the windshield options on your vehicle. 

What you need to look out for

If your vehicle is somewhat newer, (built within the past 10 years or so), you can check your buyer’s guide invoice (or Carfax report) that lists vehicle options. Newer vehicles, consequently, have certain windshield options that can affect the price and functionality of your vehicle’s safety features.

Here are some common options that are on the windshield of today’s modern vehicles:

  • Lane Departure Warning System, 
  • Forward Collision Alert,  
  • Adaptive Cruise Control, 
  • Automatic Rain-Sensing Wipers, 
  • Heated Wiper Park Area, and 
  • Electrochromic Auto-Dimming Mirrors 

Moreover, if your windshield has been replaced before with an aftermarket windshield, you can provide the stamped windshield model. It is located in the bottom left, right, or center of the windshield– often etched or stamped in black. Followingly, when looking at the windshield form, you should look for a series of 2 letters followed by 5 numbers. An aftermarket windshield is stamped with either a “DWXXXX” or “FWXXXX.” 

This information allows us to bring the correct windshield the first time and keep your scheduled windshield repair appointment. To clarify, please don’t worry if you have trouble verifying the above information. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Rest assured that we always serve professional auto glass repair services.

extra notes

If you are not contacted for your appointments during covid19 within 24 hours after your initial call/text or email inquiry,  please feel free to contact us again! We do appreciate your understanding of Covid-19’s effect on local businesses that have a smaller workforce.  

RVA Glass expresses sincere thanks to all of our clients and friends. Your continuous support to our local area small businesses means a ton. Stay safe!

Safety Protocol Covid19

You might be wondering how RVA Glass is approaching safety protocols during the Covid-19 outbreak.  From social distancing procedures to no-contact payment, we wanted to keep everyone safe. Therefore, we listed how we’re handling safety precautions during this time.

We certainly hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy during the pandemic. These times are scary and uncertain for many. We ensure you that here at RVA Glass we’re doing everything in our power to keep our customers safe. After all, our loyal customers are the only reason we do what we do – so thank you!

We are deemed “essential” due to the nature of our business. RVA Glass has been able to stay fully functional during the Covid-19 outbreak. Even though there is a decrease in folks driving now, it is still important to maintain your car’s good health.  Let us always secure your own safety. 

Luckily, given the model of our business as a mobile repair service, we can come to you. Thus, you don’t have to leave your home to have your windshield repaired or replaced! This can be ultra-convenient for those who lead busy lives with jam-packed schedules. We’re happy to visit your home or office and do the replacement while you go about your normal day. Therefore saving you the time and hassle of going to a shop, waiting in line, and sitting around.

Our mobile service feature is even more relevant and important now. Given that experts are encouraging folks to avoid leaving their houses. So stay safely inside, while we do the work.

Any windshield repair or replacement already lends itself to safe distancing, as you don’t need to be anywhere in close proximity while we get the work done.

RVA Glass is also happy to offer safe, no-contact payments via PayPal, Venmo, Zelle, or CashApp! Just let us know in advance what type of payment method you prefer and we’ll be sure to work something out. We can, as usual, take Square payments with a credit or debit card over the phone. 

Additionally, we commit to wearing a mask while interfacing with our customers, as well as using hand sanitizer before we begin. Finally, we wipe down your car steering wheel, dash, and other hard surfaces with a disinfectant spray once we’re done. Interior car exposure is minimal during a windshield replacement, albeit these safety protocols will help ensure we are being as thorough as possible about minimizing any potential cross-contamination.

We are grateful for the chance to continue to serve you during this unprecedented time, and we want to commit to doing everything possible to keep our customers safe. Please don’t hesitate to refer a friend (after all, a referral is the best tip you can get!) as we would love to ensure that RVA Glass can stay in business to serve the greater Richmond area for many years to come. 

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You can reach us faster by texting us your auto glass needs at 804-519-4218. You can also email us at rvaglassrepair@gmail.com or use the contact form here on our website. Lastly, you may also follow our  Facebook page for more updates like this.

Thanks again for your continued loyalty over the years, and we hope that you and your family are staying safe, happy, and well during this time.

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