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ADAS Calibration Legislation May Impact The Auto Glass Industry In Effort To Protect the Consumer

On March 11, the Auto Glass Safety Council released a statement that warned the auto glass replacement and repair industry of possible changes to pricing, billing practices, and relationships with consumers and insurance companies. The Auto Glass Safety Council is a non-for-profit organization dedicated to the safe repair and replacement of auto glass. The statement was released in concern of recent state legislative proposals.

The proposed legislation seeks to provide ADAS calibration transparency to the customer while reworking the relationship auto glass shops have with insurance companies and claims adjusters. This could cause concern for auto glass companies that perform or subcontract their ADAS calibration services. 

The bills may vary by state but are primarily based on similar laws passed in Utah in 2021 and 2022 that:

  • Require auto glass repair shops to provide the customer with an itemized description in writing of the work to be performed, the amount the insurance company is paying, and cannot represent that there will be no cost to the customer unless the insurance company has approved the cost.
  • Require auto glass shops to meet or exceed motor vehicle manufacturer specifications and not charge for services not in accordance with those specifications. 
  • Requires auto glass shops to inform the customer if a calibration service was not performed or not successfully performed.
  • Allow an insurer to limit the payment on recalibration to a “fair and competitive price.”
  • Impose possible civil penalties of $500 for each violation of the bill’s provisions. 

Many states, including Arizona, Maryland, and Illinois, are considering passing this legislation. While Georgia has yet to report on adopting these laws, it’s important to still raise awareness of how such legislature could affect our auto glass shop. 

Lightning Auto Glass is located in Chamblee, Georgia. We work with our trusted partner, Insight Vehicle Calibration, to perform ADAS calibration service for customers who recently had a windshield replacement, changed suspension, a wheel alignment, or received a fault code.

6 Benefits Of Car Window Tinting

Are you debating whether or not you should get your car windows tinted? You’ll feel a cooler escape from the hot Atlanta sun, that’s for sure, but the benefits of tinting your car windows go far beyond temperature control. Lightning Auto Glass is an authorized distributor of several window tinting products and offers window tinting services at our Chamblee location. 

Benefits of car window tinting

1 – Reduces Heat

Window tinting is an affordable way to keep your car feeling cooler inside, which is especially important during Atlanta’s spring and summer months. 

  • Reduces up to 70% of the heat
  • Makes child seats more comfortable
  • Improves overall occupant comfort and reduces temperatures on seatbelt buckles

2- Blocks UV Radiation

Atlanta traffic can be terrible at times. We all know that, but did you know that you are still at risk for skin cancer while sitting in your car? Tinting your windows can help block the sun’s harmful, cancer-causing UV rays.

  • Reduces up to 99% of the sun’s harmful UV-A and UV-B cancer-causing rays
  • Increases skin & eye protection

3 – Improves Lifespan of The Interior

Sunlight can damage your skin, but it can also cause the upholstery and technology inside your car to fade, crack, and peel. Protect your belongings from becoming sun-bleached and faded with tinted windows. 

  • Prolongs the life of all rubber, wood, cellular phone, audio, and speaker systems
  • Reduces fading, cracking, and peeling of upholstery, leather, and other fabrics
  • Protects the value of your vehicle and saves you from unnecessary repairs

4 – Improves Air Conditioning Efficiency

Your AC system can run more efficiently when it doesn’t have to start at such a high temperature. 

  • Prolongs the lifespan of air conditioning system 
  • Uses less energy and coolant to chill your interior

5 – Reduces Glare & Increases Visibility

It’s like sunglasses for your windows. Tinted windows can make driving more enjoyable by reducing the amount of glare for every passenger. 

  • Less sunlight in your eyes
  • Allows you to see more of the road ahead

6 – Increases Privacy and Safety

Tinted windows decrease visibility into your vehicle, with some of the darker grades allowing almost no visibility. This helps reduce the likelihood of theft. Choose a degree of shading that you feel comfortable with.

  • Decreases visibility looking into the vehicle
  • Peace of mind knowing you and your valuables are that much safer

Window Tinting Service in Chamblee, Georgia

Lightning Auto Glass provides window tinting services for every vehicle make and model at our Chamblee location. Our window tints guarantee a lifetime against fading, bubbling, and other manufacturer defects. Enjoy all the benefits of tinted windows on your car when you schedule your appointment with us. 

Still not sure about tinting your car windows? Try out our window tint simulator to see what your car would look like. 

Spring Is A Great Time To Get Your Windows Tinted

We all know how hot the summers can be in Atlanta. Tinted windows help reduce the temperature inside your car, block UV radiation, and increase the safety of you and your passengers. Lightning Auto Glass offers professional window tinting at our Chamblee location for every vehicle make and model.

Spring is the best time to get your windows tinted

Why You Should Get Your Windows Tinted This Spring

Spring is one of the best times to get your windows tinted. The mild temperatures and low humidity levels help ensure that the tint can properly adhere to your windows. With those hot summer months on the horizon, tinting your windows in the Spring will prepare your vehicle when the temperatures rise.

What Are The Benefits Of Tinted Windows? 

Window tint is more than just an aesthetic enhancement. Having your windows tinted provides the following long-term benefits that help protect you and your vehicle. 

Window Tint Blocks UV Radiation

  • Reduces up to 99% of the sun’s harmful UV-A and UV-B cancer-causing rays
  • Increases skin & eye protection
  • Reduces interior fading and cracking
  • Prolongs the life of all rubber, wood, cellular phone, audio, and speaker systems

Window Tint Reduces Heat

  • Reduces up to 70% of the heat inside your vehicle
  • Increases air-conditioning efficiency
  • Improves occupant comfort
  • Reduces glare
  • Improves visibility and safety

Window Tint Increases Safety

  • Provides an extra barrier of protection for increased safety.
  • Increases shatter resistance of glass.

Schedule Your Window Tinting Service With Lightning Auto Glass

The benefits of installing window tint go far beyond enhancing your vehicle’s appearance. You’ll enjoy an escape from the Atlanta heat and peace of mind knowing that your car and passengers are better protected.

Lightning Auto Glass is an authorized distributor of 3M and Llumar Window Tinting Products. These tints carry a lifetime guarantee against fading, bubbling, and other manufacturer defects. Contact us to schedule your appointment at our Chamblee location. 

Why You Shouldn’t Wait To Repair Damaged Auto Glass

If you spot a crack or chip on your auto glass, don’t wait to have the repairs made. Here are four reasons you should repair damaged auto glass as soon as possible.

Why You Shouldn't Wait To Repair Damaged Auto Glass

1. Your Insurance May Cover The Cost

Depending on your policy, your car insurance may cover some of the cost to fix cracks and scratches in your glass. Some insurance policies may even cover the entire cost of your repair if the damage resulted from an accident. Lightning Auto Glass is approved by all major insurance companies and is networked with them to file your insurance claim for you. Just give our office a call, and we will handle it from there.

2. Waiting Could Make Damage Worse

Repairing your damaged auto glass right away can prevent it from spreading. Allowing a crack or chip to sit in the glass can result in a more expensive repair down the road. You may even need to have replacement glass installed. Repairing auto glass damage is generally less costly than installing a replacement.

3. Limited Road Hazard Warranty

Lightning Auto Glass offers a limited road hazard warranty on all windshield repairs and replacements. Our warranty will cover the repair or replacement of your windshield due to damage received from normal driving conditions. This warranty lasts for as long as you own the vehicle. Click here to read our warranty terms and conditions.

4. Driver Safety & Visibility

Large cracks and chips on a windshield can compromise the structural integrity of the glass. This negatively impacts the windshield’s ability to protect you and your passengers in the event of an accident. Likewise, if the damage is located in the driver’s line of sight, it could decrease their visibility while driving.

Contact Lightning Auto Glass For Repairs

Whether small or large, if you’re dealing with windshield or auto glass damage, you should contact Lightning Auto Glass for repair or replacement as soon as possible. We can often have your vehicle’s repairs completed within the same day as your scheduled appointment. Call our shop at (770) 451-6468 or click here to schedule your appointment.

The Importance of ADAS Calibration After A Wheel Alignment

Many modern vehicle models require ADAS recalibration after a wheel alignment. Proper alignment can influence how ADAS safety features work in your vehicle. Your vehicle’s alignment can directly affect the performance of your ADAS features, especially lane keep assist and collision braking.  It is important to know if your vehicle will require an ADAS recalibration after a wheel alignment by calling our experts.

Wheel Alignments Adjust Your Steering Wheel Sensor Which Impacts ADAS

Do I Need To Recalibrate My ADAS After A Wheel Alignment?

ADAS cameras and sensors receive feedback from different vehicle parts to function, such as input from the steering angle sensor. The steering angle sensor transmits the steering wheel’s angle, turn rate, and other data to your vehicle’s internal computer. Certain ADAS features like lane keep assist may be activated based on the input received.

Vehicles equipped with ADAS need their system to be in sync with how the vehicle is traveling down the road. ADAS calibration after a wheel alignment may be required, as steering wheel sensors are often adjusted during the alignment process. Without recalibration, your ADAS may think your steering wheel is turned a certain way even when it is not. This can cause your ADAS features to perform incorrectly, putting you and your passengers in danger.

Schedule Your Wheel Alignment and ADAS Calibration with Lightning Auto Glass

Let’s use lane keep assist as an example. If your vehicle pulls to the left or the right, lane keep assist will work to correct your vehicle’s trajectory back toward the center. But what if your vehicle is driving straight down the road and your ADAS camera or steering angle sensor is miscalibrated? Your vehicle may try to self-correct itself, even when correction is not required. This could lead to collision or injury due to incorrect road feedback.

ADAS sensors and cameras are directly affected by a vehicle’s wheel alignment. Your ADAS features may depend on accurate input from your steering angle sensor to work correctly. For this reason, we recommend having your ADAS recalibrated anytime the steering angle sensor is adjusted, which commonly happens during a 4 wheel alignment.

In addition to re-calibrating after a wheel alignment, your ADAS may need to be re-calibrated after a fault code, a disconnect, a change of suspension, or after a replacement windshield is installed.

Give us a call today for more information regarding wheel alignment and your ADAS system.

Contact us to schedule your ADAS calibration appointment

Understanding the Importance of ADAS Calibration After Windshield Replacement

An Advanced Driver(s) Assistance System, or ADAS, consists of various safety features designed to work together to prevent accidents and injuries. Your ADAS must be recalibrated following a windshield replacement so that certain safety features work correctly. 

ADAS Calibration after windshield Replacement

What is ADAS, and Why Is It Important?

ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) safety features are designed to work together to enhance vehicle safety. Feedback is received from the road through windshield-mounted cameras, radars, sensors, and lasers. ADAS features will utilize this feedback and alert or assist the driver in helping them avoid potential problems and collisions. Some common ADAS features include:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Adaptive Headlighting
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Collision Assist (Front and Rear)
  • Driver Drowsiness Monitoring
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Park Assist
  • Pedestrian Detection
  • Traffic Sign Recognition

How Does Windshield Replacement Impact ADAS?

ADAS features rely on feedback from the road to operate. These cameras are often mounted onto a vehicle’s windshield and other areas, such as the rear and front bumpers and side mirrors. 

To install a replacement windshield, our technicians will need to remove the original, damaged windshield and then install the new replacement. In doing so, any cameras, sensors, radars, etc., that are mounted to the windshield will need to be removed from the damaged windshield and then reattached to the new windshield. This windshield replacement process will affect the accuracy of your ADAS readings, which can directly impact driver safety. Please consider the following about ADAS Calibration and Windshield Replacement.

  • If windshield-mounted cameras are not appropriately calibrated, ADAS safety features may not work as designed. The driver may receive inaccurate information. This puts the driver, their passengers, and other drivers at risk. 
  • Auto manufacturers specify which cameras need to be recalibrated after a windshield replacement. 
  • Without accurate road feedback, front-facing reliant ADAS features will not work as intended.

Imagine that you have a replacement windshield installed but do not recalibrate your ADAS after the fact. These ADAS features will still work, but they will be basing their alerts on inaccurate road feedback.  Each vehicle manufacturer lists specifications for how an ADAS needs to be synched with its internal system. Having these cameras and sensors misaligned, even if only slightly, is cause for concern.

Schedule Your Windshield Replacement with ADAS Calibration Today!

Lightning Auto Glass understands the importance of ADAS calibration after installing a replacement windshield. That is why we include a quote for ADAS calibration, in addition to your windshield replacement quote, if applicable for your vehicle. Contact us to get started today!

How Cold Weather Affects A Cracked Windshield

Cold weather can negatively affect windshields with cracks or chips in them. We highly recommend repairing your damaged windshield before the damage worsens with colder weather.

Cold Weather Windshield Crack Repair

Why Are Windshields Important?

A secure windshield is crucial to your safety. It protects you and your passengers from dirt, debris, rain, and wind, and it makes up nearly one-third of a vehicle’s structural support. Windshields are especially important in rollover accidents, which can be fatal if the roof collapses.

The structural integrity of a windshield becomes compromised if it suffers damage. A crack or a chip, no matter the size, is cause for concern. When we experience colder temperatures in Atlanta, it’s essential to have your auto glass repaired quickly, so the damage doesn’t get any worse.

What Effect Does Cold Weather Have On Auto Glass?

As temperatures drop, glass expands and contracts. The same is true for your vehicle’s windshield and windows. The expansion and contraction of the glass will cause it to weaken and become more concave. This increases the sensitivity of the glass and makes cracks more likely to appear.

If your windshield already has damage, such as a crack or chip, you may notice the damaged area start to spread horizontally. According to a Motor Industry Research Association study, a windshield crack is 60% more likely to spread when temperatures drop to 32 degrees.

How To Protect Your Windshield This Winter

It doesn’t get frigid often in Atlanta, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared for the occasional dip in degrees. Here are some ways to keep your windshield protected when colder weather is approaching.

  • Replace Your Windshield Wipers – Keep them in good shape and have them inspected during normal oil changes or scheduled maintenance
  • Be Cautious With Your Defrosters – Don’t blow your defrosters directly on your windshield. Instead, aim the airflow toward the floor and increase the heat gradually. Blasting warm air on the inside of the auto glass puts additional stress on the glass when temperatures are much colder on the outside. This will likely lead to increased damage.
  • Keep Washer Fluid Tank Full – Get in the habit of checking windshield washer fluids regularly during winter since they’re used more often in colder weather.

Get Your Cracks and Chips Repaired Immediately

We urge you to repair your cracked or chipped windshield before the damage worsens.  Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our Chamblee location for a thorough inspection.  It’s simply not safe to drive with a damaged windshield in the winter. Don’t delay – contact us to schedule your appointment.