There are many things to consider when owning a car. You’ve got to ensure that your fluids remain topped up, tyres have enough air in them and that you have enough petrol in the tank. You also need to get it serviced regularly and make sure that it runs well. After all, it’s the thing that gets you from A to B.
One thing that many people don’t stop to consider is if their windscreen is compliant with current Australian standards. Today, Advanced Auto Glass is going to be running through just what it takes to keep your windscreen roadworthy.
The Right Material
According to current Australian law, any material used in windshields or windows must be “approved”. Generally, this means that it must be of Australian, British, Japanese or American safety glass. This safety glass is a dual-layered laminated glass that will hold together when broken. If it does break, it’s kept in place by an “interlayer” – which is a layer of chemical compound between the layers of glass.
In Case of Damage
Even seemingly small chips or cracks in your windscreen can lead to serious or fatal incidents. You can risk neck and head injuries, airbag failure, driver or passenger ejection and even glass wounds. It is of the utmost importance that you keep your windscreen in excellent condition and have it repaired to meet Australian compliance standards.
If you’re taking your car in for windscreen repairs, ensure that the repairer is a member of the Auto Glass Association or AGA. The AGA is a national body that represents all elements of automotive glass. The AGA is committed to raising the quality of standards nationwide.
Materials Used in Repair or Replacement
To maintain compliance, any repairs must use an approved, high-quality direct glazing adhesive. The materials used installation of a new windscreen must also meet Australian standards.
These standards are the Australian Design Rule ADR 8/01 and Australian Standard AS/NZS2080:2006. There are other standards from other countries that also apply in Australia.
There are national standards for window tinting as well.
All states and territories in Australian have laws about the maximum amount of darkness in a car’s window tint. This is called the “visible light transmission level” and this level cannot exceed 35%. There are some exceptions from state to state and different laws may also apply for commercial vehicle tinting. It’s worth checking how the law applies to you before tinting any commercial vehicle windows or windscreens.
If you feel as though your windscreen may not be compliant with Australian standards, please feel free to get in touch with Advanced Auto Glass. We offer car window replacement and mobile windscreen repair in Sydney and the surrounding areas. We’ll get your windscreen up to scratch.