Auto Glass Safety Council™
November 2018 Newsletter

Leading News

AGSC to Host 2019 Insurers’ CEU Forums in Colorado and New York
The Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC) will hold Insurers’ CEU Forums for the insurance community in both suburban Denver and suburban New York City in 2019. The Denver course will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center in Aurora, Colo.
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Almost There: One Month Until Harmonization is Complete
The Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC) is in the final stretch of the harmonization of its Registered Member Company program and its Certified Auto Glass Technician program. The programs will be joined together by the end of next month.
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On the Blogs

Bob Beranek

Repairable Breaks
“Every repairable break is unique, and some repair professionals say a break or chip is like a snowflake. However, windshield breaks share certain characteristics that allow us to put them in generalized categories. These categories are bullseye, half-moon, star, crack and combination. The National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA) developed a standard for windshield repair called the Repair of Laminated Automotive Glass Standard (ROLAGS).” –Bob Beranek
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Certification News

Welcome These Master Auto Glass Technicians
Several auto glass technicians passed the Auto Glass Safety Council™’s (AGSC) Master Auto Glass Technician certification exam during the month of October. The exam is an online test consisting of 70 multiple choice questions. Those who apply to become Master Auto Glass Technicians must have experience and knowledge in: OSHA-required employee safety regulations; conducting all installations according to the current ANSI/AGSC/AGRSS™ Standard.
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Master Technician Spotlight: Matthew Banks, Jack Morris Auto Glass, Memphis, Tenn.
Matthew Banks of Jack Morris Auto Glass in Memphis, Tenn., recently passed the Auto Glass Safety Council™’s (AGSC) Master Auto Glass Technician certification exam. Banks says he grew up in the auto glass industry. “My dad had a glass shop,” he says.
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Master Technician Spotlight: Aaron Gross, Jack Morris Auto Glass, Memphis, Tenn.
Aaron Gross of Jack Morris Auto Glass in Memphis, Tenn., recently renewed his Auto Glass Safety Council™’s (AGSC) Master Auto Glass Technician certification. Gross has been in the industry for 23 years, since a friend introduced him to the business in Camden, Tenn.
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Master Technician Spotlight: Randall Whitby, Jack Morris Auto Glass, Memphis, Tenn.
Randall Whitby of Jack Morris Auto Glass in Memphis, Tenn., recently renewed his Auto Glass Safety Council™’s (AGSC) Master Auto Glass Technician certification. Whitby has 31 years’ experience in the industry.
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Master Technician Spotlight: Stephen Yarbro, Jack Morris Auto Glass, Memphis, Tenn.
Stephen Yarbro of Jack Morris Auto Glass in Memphis, Tenn., recently passed the Auto Glass Safety Council™’s (AGSC) Master Auto Glass Technician certification exam. He has been in the industry for eight years. “Jeff Whitby recruited me straight out of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Jackson, Tenn.,” he says.
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Technology News

HLDI Research Shows Differences Between ADAS Results Based On the Auto Glass Used
With Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) rising in consumer popularity, several tests have been performed to prove its value over the years. The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), has been conducting its own studies and has recently published its results. One common conclusion from adding these types of systems to vehicles is the increase in repair costs, according to the report. HLDI results showed the most significant replacement cost is found in the vehicle’s windshield.
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AAA Studies ADAS and Windshield Replacements
AAA recently conducted a study of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) in three vehicles “to better understand the costs of replacing and/or calibrating ADAS sensors in typical collision and repair scenarios.”
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Why Your Shop Should Keep Thermal Cameras on Its Radar
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) being installed in vehicles are quickly becoming the “norm” for car buyers. As you know, many drivers like having the extra sense of security through ADAS safety features. But one company has introduced an option to increase driver visibility in addition to having ADAS installed.
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Safety News

Mercedes-Benz Releases Windshield Replacement Statement
According to a company press release, Mercedes-Benz USA said it “strongly recommends” using only Mercedes-Benz parts for windshield glass replacements. In the same release, the company mentioned the windshield glass manufactured for its vehicles has particular specifications.
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20 Safety Features That Actually Make Driving More Dangerous
On any given day, motorists take to the roadways all over the United States to travel from point A to point B. In fact, the Federal Highway Administration has said that drivers in SUVs, minivans, cars, and trucks traveled as much as 3.22 trillion miles in 2016 alone. That is an increase of 2.8 percent from 2015. Moreover, the administration also estimates that there have been as many as 185 million driver licenses handed out in this country since 1998.
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Briefly ...

Looking Ahead
The offices of the Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC) will be closed December 21 through January 2 for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The office will re-open on Thursday, January 3.

Update Your Records: New AGSC Mailing Address
Though the Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC) moved nearly three years ago, our old address is still receiving mail. Please be sure to update your records with our new mailing address: 20 PGA Drive, Suite 201, Stafford, VA 22554. The phone and fax numbers will remain the same. “Our forwarding order with the post office has expired,” says AGSC director of operations Kathy Bimber. “It is important to use the right address.”

Auto Glass Safety Council
20 PGA Drive, Suite 201
Stafford, VA 22554
540/720-7484 (P)
540/720-5687 (F)
info@agsc.org

Certification Information
Vinny LaMarco
vlamarco@agsc.org
540/720-7484, ext. 136

Membership Information
Kathy Bimber
kbimber@agsc.org
540/720-7484,ext. 137

Events

January 24, 2019
AGSC Insurers' CEU Forum

Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center
Aurora, Colo.
https://agsc.org/insuranceday/

January 25, 2019
AGSC Certification
Training and Exam

Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center
Aurora, Colo.
https://agsc.org/colorado/

March 26, 2019
AGSC Insurers' CEU Forum

Long Island Marriott
Long Island, N.Y.
https://agsc.org/ceuforum/

March 28, 2019
AGSC Certification
Training and Exam

Long Island Marriott
Long Island, N.Y.
https://www.agsc.org/newyork/

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