Bug Shields: Deflectors of Road Grime

By: Anthony Fontanelle

The exterior components of every vehicle are precision-engineered to be tough so that utmost protection for the fragile interior components is ensured. The materials used for these parts are considerably strong to endure severe collision damage. No matter how tough these parts are, however, road grimes can eventually spoil them in the long run. The hood's edge, for instance, which is one of the most damage-prone parts, can be protected by bug shields from all those road dirt.

, which are also called hood deflectors, are protective add-on components. Made from durable and impact-resistant materials, these special auto parts can be easily installed right on the edge of a car's hood. While some types require drilling, other types can just be attached with double-sided tapes. But how do bug shields work? These auto parts prevent road particles such as stones, branches, and bugs from getting thrown on the hood and windshield. These particles are most often picked up by wheel ridges along the path and thrown off to the front portion of the vehicle. The hood and windshield of cars equipped with bug shields are protected from possible unsightly cracks, dents, scratches, and bug stains. The gleaming surface of the hood, which is very prominent, is preserved while costly refinishing and paint jobs are avoided.

While the primary function of a bug shield is to protect a car's exterior, this car component also adds to the overall look and feel of an automobile. When a driver gets the right shape and size for his vehicle, this deflector can transform a car's style from plain to sporty. There are even multi-colored pieces available for more adventurous drivers.

Beyond its styling benefit, a bug shield is important for its protective capacity. This auto part is definitely a wise investment that even keeps an automobile looking good all the time. After all, performance quality is not enough to gauge the total value of a vehicle. Keeping a car new-looking and making it more stylish while saving money is just as important.

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