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Women Calling More of the Shots on Repairs

Published Jul 2nd 2008, 3:05pm by

Womanwithkeys Not only are women becoming more influential in choosing which type of car to buy, they are now taking making more of the maintenance and repair decisions - traditionally made by the male population.

A recent study by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association showed that nearly 9 out of 10 female motorists are somewhat involved in the decision-making process for their household's vehicle maintenance and repair. Some industry experts say that close to 80 percent of the drivers taking cars in for service and repair are women.

"With more and more women involved in car care, it's important that they are aware of various vehicle safety features," said Steve Zweig, director PPG Glass Alliance Program, including PPG PROSTARS, an alliance of independent and professional auto glass technicians, "such as the windshield."

Windshieldinstallation The windshield is a critical part of the vehicle's safety system. In the event of an accident, it enables to vehicle's airbags to properly function. Comprised of two pieces of glass and bonded together by a vinyl inter-layer, when broken, the glass will generally adhere to the plastic lining. This type of glass in typically referred to as laminated.

"As an integral part of the vehicle structure, proper repair or replacement of the windshield by an experienced and qualified technician is extremely important," said Zweig. "Whether it's a repair or a replacement, the windshield is comprised of various components and parts, so it's critical that proper products and procedures are used and followed."

When it's time for a repair or replacement, Zweig advises car owners to make sure they search for an auto glass technician who is experienced and qualified; one that follows the proper installation steps before, during, and after any windshield work has been performed. For more tips regarding proper windshield installation, click to download a larger version of the graphic at the right.

Ppg_pro_stars_logo_sm PPG PROSTARS is a nationwide alliance of independent professional auto glass technicians who back their work with a national warranty. To learn more about safe, quality, professional auto glass repair and replacement, or to find a PPG PROSTARS glass shop retailer near you, visit www.ppgprostars.com or call 1-866-2-THEPRO.

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