Have you ever looked at your car's windshield and think,
is this a really a window or a miniature bug farm? If you can't differentiate between the two, you know it's about time you install a bug shield on your car. But choosing one is no simple matter. Here are a few things you need to know when getting a new bug shield:
- Purchase a bug shield that is made of durable acrylic. Aside from being lighter than steel, it is also strong enough to withstand the force of a bug or a pebble travelling at a high speed towards your windshield.
- Consider the overall look of your vehicle. Although aesthetics is not as important to the utility of your bug shield, it also helps to pick one that complements your car. There is a wide range of colors, styles, and designs of shield to choose from. You can also choose from a variety of tints, from opaque black to rose tints.
- Make sure your bug shield comes with installation hardware and instructions. Most shields do not require drilling or special tools to install. However, it still helps if you have the proper guide to ensure that your chosen part is fitted perfectly to your car. Installation can take about 15 minutes, and if you want to save a few extra bucks, installing it yourself would be a good choice.
- Ensure that you can tell the difference between a bug shield and a car bra. Car bras are usually wrapped around the entire front of your car while shields only take up the front hood. Both deflectors help protect the front of your car. But if you're really partial to getting a bug shield rather than a car bra, be sure you know which one is which.
- Don't buy or avoid purchasing generic type shields. Although stock bug shields advertise of being made-to-fit a variety of models, it is still best to get one specifically made for your car. When it comes to bug shields, fit is of outmost priority, and getting a standard one doesn't always ensure that. So even if stock shields will physically fit your car, the ridge might be too high or low to be ideal. For example, if your stock happens to be too shallow for your car, it might not be able to properly deflect debris. On the other hand, if it is too high, the bug shield could impede your line of vision and may pose as a driving hazard.
- Don't settle for what's available. Since bug shields are not as immediate to replace as compared to a spark plug, you have all the time in the world to research and choose the best kind of bug shield for your car. Ask around forums or quote prices from different suppliers. This will give you an idea of what to buy and will help you get the best value out of your money.