Hood Protector Buying Guide

After spending all week on the road, the last thing you want to do is spend your weekend scraping bug remains from your windshield. Worse still, you do not want to be frequently replacing or repairing your windshield due to kicked-up rocks and other road debris that might strike your semi-truck while you are running the roads. Installing a bug deflector will help protect your windshield from both problems. This article will look at some of the more popular options for hood and windshield protectors.

Benefits of Installing a Bug Shield
An Aeroshield is designed to redirect the airstream up and over your vehicle rather than allowing that flow to strike against your hood or windshield. While no bug deflector is capable of stopping all flying objects, having one installed is much better than not having one. Consider a few of the benefits that it can provide.

• Less damage from road debris
• Reduced cleaning time
• Fewer paint chips
• Reduced stress while driving
• Better visibility

Shield Types
Bug shields are generally made of one of two mediums: heavy-duty polycarbonate or metal. First, let’s look at the polycarbonate options. Gone are the days when a piece of plastic stood bolt-upright on the front of a vehicle. While the old style did provide some benefit, it often detracted from the appearance of the vehicle and wasn’t entirely effective. Today’s options are form-fitted to match the curvature of the hood and to follow the lines of the hood. Not only are they better looking, but they also do a better job of controlling the flow of air, so it travels up and over the vehicle. The polycarbonate that makes up the shield is highly impact-resistant and designed to last the life of your truck.

Metal shields look very similar and are the same except for what material goes into making the product. Generally, the metal shields are made from stainless steel, and that steel is usually polished to a mirror finish. The metal shields are a little more durable and less likely to suffer from damage from extreme temperatures. The only downside to the metal option is that you do forfeit a small portion of visibility. Since the shield does not stand very tall, that is a very minimal amount of visibility that you might lose.

The third option is a bit of a hybrid. It combines the strength of stainless steel but puts a polycarbonate that is smoke-tinted in the center, so you don’t lose any visibility. Not only are these hybrids effective, but they might be the most stylish option of the three.

These products are all built to last so that you should only ever have to install one shield during the life of the vehicle. In fact, shields of all three types typically come with a limited lifetime warranty. Knowing that will give you peace of mind no matter which option you ultimately choose to buy. The products are generally very easy to install, frequently only taking a few minutes to an hour.

The Right Shield for You
Choosing a bug deflector ultimately comes down to a matter of personal style. Since most shields are designed to be roughly the same shape and to work in the same way, there is little difference in product performance. The polycarbonate options look sleek and stylish and will match well no matter which type of truck you are driving. However, if you want that extra flair or flash of something special, you may prefer the mirror-finish of the stainless steel or combination options. Regardless of which style you prefer, take a moment today to look and see which options for bug shields are available for your vehicle.

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