If you are overprotective of your hood and windshield, then you better install a bug deflector. Also called a bug shield, this component prevents pitting on the hood and damage to the windshield by carrying bugs over the top of the vehicle. How is this so? Your bug shield does its protecting by complementing the less aerodynamic design of your utility vehicle's windshield and hood. Since your truck or SUV has a sharper angle between the hood and the windshield (unlike passenger cars), this design makes these car types susceptible to being hit by pebbles and bugs. Thus, with a bug shield as an add-on, you will also be able to guard the front of your vehicle from pebbles, dust, and other road debris. Protect your utility vehicle by installing a quality bug shield like one from EGR. However, let us first see if your money will be well spent for one.
- Made from polycarbonate plastic material
- With a wrap-style, air-deflecting shape for more protection
- Requires no-drill, bolt-on installation
- Carries a lifetime EGR limited warranty
We tested this component on a Nissan Serena and an Infiniti QX56, and here is what we have to say:
- This product was indeed made from high-quality plastic. It was thick and tough, and it seemed that it would be able to resist impact from pebbles and bugs. We were also confident that it would resist rusting for a long time, given that it was made from acrylic.
- The wrap-around style was ingenious, making the nose of the Serena and the QX56 more protected than ever.
- The sloping design of the bug shield really complemented the sharp angle between the windshield and the hood.
- Once installed on the nose of the two vehicles, the bug shield allowed enough room for us to clean the front part of the hood and around the shield itself.
- This bug shield is more affordable compared with the same product from other brands. It also comes with a competitive warranty offer.
- The product took a bit longer to install because of lack of clear instructions. However, once the grille was removed, bolting on the component using the clips and push rivets was pretty straightforward.
If you often drive near and around forests, then getting this bug shield for your utility vehicle will surely keep you from cleaning off dead bugs stuck on your windshield. It seems to work, it looks good, and it comes with a good price and warranty.