Windshield Replacement Affects Your ADAS

Windshield Replacement Affects Your ADAS

Now that most modern vehicles have some form of tech-based safety features, the advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) has become the norm. However, while most drivers do know about the perks of such systems, they often don’t understand the risks of making any kind of changes to their vehicles without calibrating their ADAS.

Main ADAS cameras are in the windshield

You might have some fundamental understanding of how ADAS works, but since most drivers aren’t familiar with the technology in depth, it’s natural that you don’t know all the ins and outs.

One particularly important detail to remember is that sensors and cameras that affect how your ADAS behaves (and thus how it protects your safety on the road) are installed in several key places. That includes your windshield.

Ask your repair tech about implications

With ADAS, you’re supposed to have peace of mind, not another homework assignment to learn about the intricacies of this nuanced technology. With that in mind, you’re not expected to know about the implications of any car repairs or part replacements on your ADAS without being expressly told about them.

To be on the safe side, ask your repair expert about any potential issues. For example, replacing the windshield and returning to the road without first calibrating your ADAS might lead to the system “misbehaving” or not being able to protect you properly.

Safety is in the details

Not every body shop will communicate these implications the same way. Perhaps you’ll find some of the details on the invoice, especially in the fine print. That’s why it’s crucial to educate the public and raise awareness, but also to encourage customers to ask questions on the spot.

Ask your repairer if the changes to your car could affect the performance of ADAS, and in what way exactly. Ask if your safety could be compromised. And finally, ask about the best way to prevent issues with your ADAS before you go back to driving your vehicle, so that you know what next steps you need to take to protect your safety and allow your ADAS to serve its purpose.

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