Many Seattle drivers are surprised to learn that their car needs a vehicle warning systems calibration with their windshield replacement. If your vehicle is five years old or newer, there’s a good chance it comes with an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS). The term refers to any type of automated driver assistance. Some common examples of ADAS include forward collision alerts, 360 sensor systems, infrared night vision, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist.
How Does ADAS Affect Windshield Replacement?
New windshields might look like they’re just made of glass, but many of them have built-in sensors or forward-facing cameras. These allow the vehicle to “see” what’s going on around the car. If the sensors get moved even slightly, it will cause the entire system to be thrown off. Some vehicles have corrective systems that will automate the car’s response to road conditions or to avoid hazards. A misaligned sensor may be off by a millimeter, but this could translate to feet on the actual road.
ADAS isn’t just affected by windshield replacement, either. A calibration is required every time there’s a change in the vehicle’s centerline, including bumper replacements and wheel alignments. Did your airbag deploy and deflect off the windshield? Your system will probably need calibration. Depending on the type of car you have, vehicle warning systems calibration can be complicated. For some vehicles, it may take 30 minutes; others could take up to several hours to complete.
Safer Vehicles, Higher Costs
While these sensors make for a safer vehicle, it also raises the cost of repairs. Typically, a windshield replacement for an older car would cost around $300. With newer vehicles, it can cost as much as $1500, depending on how many sensors are affected by the windshield. The higher costs often take Seattle drivers by surprise, as many aren’t aware that their car comes with these systems. If you have a newer vehicle, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the types of ADAS features it has. You may also want to review your insurance policy and make sure you have a deductible that fits your needs. While no one wants to spend more money on repairs, it’s worth it to have a safe and sound vehicle you can rely on.
If you don’t already have a vehicle that has some form of ADAS, chances are you will own one in the future. Automated warning systems are becoming a standard for many automakers, and the trend will continue. At Lucky Dog Auto Glass, we care deeply about the safety of our customers and our community. When we replace your windshield, we’ll take every step to make sure your virtual warning systems are calibrated properly. We’re also happy to let you know if your car is equipped with ADAS ahead of time and give you a free estimate.