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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.

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.