If you enjoy traveling by the forest and want to go past with a spotless windshield, then you ought to use what is called a bug deflector. Also called a bug shield, this component acts as a deflector that sends insects over your car's roof so that they do not get smashed against your windshield. This is a great add-on specially made for sport utility vehicles with some off-road capability. Because the windshield of these cars is oriented more vertically, they are prone to catching flying bugs when traveling through woodlands. The addition of a bug shield prevents the driver from having to clean the windshield afterwards. So when you reside near a forest and own an SUV, installing a quality bug shield like those from Weathertech is ideal. But before installing one, let us first see if this brand's Easy-on Stone and Bug Deflector is good enough.
- Made of aerospace-grade acrylic
- Non-wrap style
- With dark smoke finish
- Requires no-drill installation
- Carries a 3-year Weathertech limited warranty
We tested this component on a Renault Koleos and a Hummer H3, and here is what we have to say:
- We generally had a very straightforward installation of the component. The bolts were provided, and we barely needed the instructions because the unit had an easy-on feature.
- The component was made of a thick plastic material that would not easily give in to UV rays and the elements.
- We drove the Koleos and the H3 through a forest to see if the bug shield would really deflect bugs and stones. We varied our speed as much as we could in order to possibly get stones flying over the hood. We were satisfied because the windshield of the two vehicles looked cleaner despite the fact that not everything was deflected.
- The product added an eye-catching appearance to the front of the two vehicles.
- The package lacked two bolts, so we were unable to fully secure the unit on the front part of the cars' hoods. There should have been six bolts to go with the six mounting holes of the bug shield.
- After the drive, we decided to detach the unit to see if it was not scratching the paint of the hood. Sadly, we saw some pit marks and scratches that looked very unsightly.
With its price somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, this Weathertech bug shield seems to be a great add-on for your forest-roaming SUV. It looks good, installs easily, and generally diminishes the chances of squashed bugs and stone-cracked marks on your windshield. Just make sure to purchase the right unit for your car in order to avoid fitting hassles.