commercial use is WAY more strict. in california, commercial drivers
arent allowed traffic school any more to get a point off their record,
even if theyre driving their own personal vehicle. its THAT strict...
Getting farther OT... the CDLs where I work are shocked by new DUI
provisions in the regulations. (I have no idea if it is a state or federal
statute involved.) Now, if they get a DUI and have had another DUI in the
last 55 years - like if they are 70 and had one when they were 16 - their
CDL is permanently revoked and they have to find a new line of work. I have
no patience for DUI, but that seems a little ex post facto to me in that
whether a driver gets one or two strikes is tied to their record before the
law was enacted. Of course, it is no different than "three strikes" laws in
The best way to find out what the law requires is to read the law. Do a
search of your legislated laws and regulations and then have a read.
Here any defect (stone chip, crack, etc.) that is in the line of sight of
the driver is reason to repair or replace the windshield.
Then the people to ask (in person or on the phone) would be a Vehicle
Compliance Officer or Inspector. You can find those at a DOT Scale. They
will (around here anyway) look up the pertinent section of the Act and photo
copy it for a person.
My experience with non-OEM glass is that it is as tough (or breakable)
as OEM glass. There can be differences in quality however. I have
seen non-OEM glass with a not well formed outer surface. As a
consequence the windshield wiper misses one or more low spots in the
glass. If it were me I would insist on OEM glass from the dealer.
As I mentioned in a previous post, the dealers in this little country town
outsource all the glasswork. A dealer windshield IS an aftermarket piece.
Never any problems, according to the Buick shop foreman.
The most important factor, by far, is how well the windshield is glued
in place since there's far more variation with this than with the
quality of the glass. If the windshield doesn't stay in place in a
crash, not only will unbelted occupants be at greater risk of injury
but also belted occupants can suffer since airbags, especially the
passenger one, depend on the windshield to hold them in place.
A good installation requires taht the glass and window opening be very
clean, gloves worn during installation to prevent skin oil from
contaminating the surfaces, and the proper primer and urethane adhesive
(made with different cure rates for different temperatures) be used.
The current preferred practice is to remove all the old urethane from
the window opening. Also the car should not be driven until at least
twice the cure time has passed. When I replaced my own windshield, the
adhesive required anywhere from 2-6 hours to cure. My windshield never
leaked, unlike most of those done on company cars by a local chain of
glass shops that advertised heavily and offered insurance deductible
rebates and free restaurant dinners.
It probably isn't OEM. I've had windshields replaced for as little as $125.
1/2 hr? They must be damn fast. I've watch windshields getting replaced and
it takes longer than that to do the job right. Rushing means making a bigger
mess that will take more time to clean up. Once the work is done, you can
drive right away. It will take a day or so to fully cure, but that doesn't
really affect the windshield unless you get caught in a storm.
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