It’s no surprise that the more your customers drive, the higher their chances are for getting into a car accident. Vehicle advancements and new technology being added into newer vehicles can distract the driver away from the road. This doesn’t account for other variables a driver may have while on the road. But how much time does the average person spend behind the wheel?
According to an educateddriver.org article, the average person spends 52.2 minutes per day commuting. That’s more than 400 days of a person’s life spent driving their vehicle, which can increase the likelihood of accidents they might have and increase the amount of visits they might have to an auto glass shop per year.
If accidents across the country continue to increase it will also increase the demand for auto glass technicians to perform the work. Regardless of whether aftermarket or OEM auto glass is used for windshield replacements it still adds up to increased numbers across the U.S. “Road crashes cost the U.S. $230.6 billion per year, or an average of $820 per person,” the Association for Safe International Travel said. On a global level auto crashes account for $518 billion, which also accounts for broken or damaged glass.
The amount of auto glass replaced per year amounts to more than 600 million pounds. That’s more than 15 million windshields replaced in the U.S. every year, according to Car Windshield Facts. There are a vast amount of causes for auto glass accidents that can range from weather, rock chips, distracted driving, and even too much pressure from consistently driving over pot holes. Regardless of what the cause might be, there are new repair and replacement shops opening annually to help service damaged auto glass in vehicles.