Tips in Picking a UTV Windshield

When picking a UTV windshield there are some factors to consider. What type of windshield best suits your UTV? What material should it be made of? 

Keep reading to find the answers to those questions and more. 

UTV Windshields 

Your UTV’s windshield is one of its most important components. It needs to regularly protect you from dirt and debris on your excursions, keep you cool or warm in inclement weather, as well as be able to withstand an impact if something should happen. That’s why choosing the best style, material, and quality of windshield for your UTV is imperative. 

Windshield Materials

When picking a UTV windshield there are three qualities that present themselves in different materials including:

  • Strength - The ability to resist breakage and cracks.
  • Scratch-resistance - The ability to resist scratches, which can not only degrade the look of your windshield but can also impair your vision while you drive. Scratch resistance is also known as hardness. 
  • Clarity - This is measured by the amount of visible light that a windshield naturally lets through.

Consider which of these qualities is the most important to you and let that influence the windshield material that you choose. The most common UTV windshield materials include:

  • Polycarbonate - This type of windshield ranks as the strongest by a long shot. It’s also clearer than glass, although not nearly as clear as acrylic. 
  • Acrylic - Acrylic windshields rank as the clearest of the three materials, and are second place to polycarbonate when it comes to strength. 
  • Glass - Glass windshields are by far the hardest, however, they are not as strong or clear as acrylic or polycarbonate. 

Windshield Types

The style of windshield that would best suit your UTV depends on how and how often you use your UTV. The most common types of UTV windshields include:

  • Full side by side windshields - These windshields completely cover the front of your UTV. They are very protective and work great for off-roading, however, they are not ideal for mudding as mud splatters on the windshield could completely impair your vision. 
  • Half side by side windshields - This type of windshield is better for mudding, and allows more airflow into the cab than full windshields. 
  • Flip-up or tip-out side by side windshields - These windshields offer the convertible option of both a full windshield or a half windshield, depending on whatever your current needs may be. 
  • Rear windshields - A rear panel prevents rocks and debris from being kicked up into your cab, however it can also restrict airflow. 
  • Enclosed windshields - This windshield type is fully enclosed, similar to a standard car. Enclosed windshields are great for those who want to use their side by side year round. 

Contact TerraRider UTV Windshields 

When picking a UTV windshield, don’t make the choice lightly. Instead, get expert help and contact TerraRider UTV Windshields today. We carry the best quality windshields from well respected brands so you know that whatever style, type, or material you choose you’ll be getting the best. Come visit our location in Salt Lake City, Utah, and see what we can do for you. 

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