Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Three New Windshields in Three Months Is Too Many

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Three New Windshields in Three Months Is Too Many

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Dear Car Talk:

Let me start off by saying I'm a scientist. I graduated from Boston University with a science degree. It was there that I met my wife, who also is a scientist. When we come across a problem, we attack it scientifically. Our problem: In the short span of three months, my wife has managed to crack the windshield of our 2008 Toyota Sienna XLE minivan three times. Each time required a replacement windshield from the fine ladies and gentlemen at a well-advertised automotive-glass shop. I do not fault the windshield repair shop in any way; instead, I hypothesize that it is my wife's driving behavior that may be contributing to her unusually high windshield consumption rate. My driving instructor taught me that there should be a three-second distance between your car and the car ahead of you. I cannot comment on what my wife's driving instructor taught her, as I was not present to witness it. Needless to say, she leaves considerably less than three seconds - in other words, she's a tailgater. My question is:

Is it proven that following too closely behind the car in front of you exposes your windshield to more damage (rocks, gravel, road debris, a muffler from a 1974 Chrysler), thus explaining the need for more replacement windshields? Thank you. - Alex

Well, look, Alex. You're a scientist. So I'm sure you will immediately embrace the enlightening experiment I'm going to propose for you.

My hypothesis is that your wife is driving with inferior-quality replacement windshields. …

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