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Turkey Vulture Crashes Into Windshield Of Family Van!

Does A Windshield Hold Up To Such A Crash!???

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" Look for them gliding relatively low to the ground, sniffing for carrion, or else riding thermals up to higher vantage points. They may soar in small groups and roost in larger numbers. You may also see them on the ground in small groups, huddled around roadkill or dumpsters. Habitat Turkey Vultures are common around open areas such as roadsides, suburbs, farm fields, countryside, and food sources such as landfills, trash heaps, and construction sites. On sunny days, look for them aloft as early as 9 a.m.; in..."

Turkey Vulture Crashes Into The Front Window Of A Family's Van

Glass Is Shattered, No One Was Injured...

My husband said, "a bird." He saw the impact, and then watched the bird flip away and over the van in the direction behind the car and land on the road, to become another turkey vulture's dinner..."

We were driving along Ohio Route 422, Sunday, May 19, 2013 - at around 5:00 p.m.


I was in the passenger side of our Dodge Grand Caravan when 'boom'

a very large noise... I felt a

whoosh of pressure against my chest, and then pings of painful shocks on my skin.

I was looking downward at the time. I was reading an article about the

Rolling Stones 50th anniversary!

Isn't that something?! (It is in the Sunday, Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper.)

There was a huge crashing noise!

window from inside van


But, there wasn't any physical impact - nothing that I could tell, actually,


I looked up and saw this - the window before my eyes

was shattered in a large circle about 20 in. in diameter. The shattered glass hung inward like torn netting. Looking at my husband I said, "what happened?" He said, "a bird." I was dumbfounded, I hadn't

seen anything

. The newspaper was in between me and the windshield; so, as I lowered the newspaper, I found that image of the window. I only heard a crash, I didn't know how it happened. It was the almost the most 'insane' thing that I'd ever experienced. A wrecked windshield, and without any reason that I could figure. The bird was gone. The front of me was sprayed with glass shreds, a very fine and forceful spray.

window from inside van

Cuts on my neck...

After a minute I decided that I'd get into the backseat - didn't know how stable that glass was. What do you do when a bird flys into your windshield at what seems 100mph?

Never happened to me before... long shot of windows

cuts on my arm

Cuts on my arm...

We were driving in the right-most lane. As my husband said, he doesn't normally drive in that lane.

That, I suppose is more where they would come from, from the side of the road near the grass and trees. This bird would have cleared the height of a car, but we were in a van. So... well, it's done.

Windshield Computer Displays

Auto makers have stuffed their vehicles with a dizzying array of technology over the years, from video screens to Bluetooth wireless to air bags. But one part of the car has remained stubbornly resistant to change: the windshield.
That is about to change. Auto makers including General Motors Co. and Daimler AG are working on specially designed windshields that they hope will one day share with drivers crucial information about their surroundings, helping to improve safety and efficiency.
Using a technology known as augmented reality, which overlays real world images with digital ones, these windshields could display driving directions, text messages or impending hazards, all without requiring drivers to take their eyes off the road.
“Everyone’s working on this,” said Tom Seder, GM’s chief technologist for human machine interface. “The goal is to reduce head-down time and maybe make driving a more interactive experience.”
Augmented reality windshields are a natural extension for car makers in their quest to one-up the competition for safety. Such windshields are likely to have simple graphics allowing drivers to see digital renditions of their surroundings, such as difficult-to-see road edges or animals, as well as drawing attention to erratic drivers.
“It has to be done very judiciously, you don’t want to clutter the windshield with too much information and cause it to be a distraction,” said Mr. Seder. “At the root of this is the desire to make vehicles safer.”
The technology would combine sensors outside the vehicle with ones inside tracking a driver’s eyes.
So, for instance, an augmented reality windshield could sense that a driver hasn’t seen a car merging into his or her lane or a sudden traffic slowdown ahead. The windshield might light up red or highlight the potential hazard to cause the driver to hit the brakes.
Following in the steps of aviation, a windshield that displays critical information isn’t a new idea. GM, with its now-defunct Oldsmobile line, released vehicles as far back as the late 1980s that projected the speedometer onto the driver’s glass.
Augmented reality has become a popular pursuit for tech companies these days. The technology is available in a variety of smartphones, which advertisers have used to beef up otherwise static ads. And app makers allow users to hold up their smartphones to display information about their surroundings, such as reviews of nearby restaurants.
Google Inc. is also working on augmented-reality headgear that can turn eyeglass lenses into a computer screen with superimposed graphics and other information.
Read more in The Wall Street Journal. (Please click through the heading to this full article>)

Yesterday I decided that the 'quicker you forget' about something like this, the better. There are bigger things in life that can happen. No one was hurt. Not to speak of.

Just the bird, he got 'offed. We just got an estimate on the window, it is less than our deductible, so we won't bother with the insurance company. Just pay and get it fixed. As my husband said, 'there was a scratch on the windshield,' so, that'll be fixed. We just put some money into it to fix it up, so now it'll have a new windshield.

window from inside van ..

The lesson I can get from this, stay out of the side lane for one.

Aside from that, you

can never know what might happen. long shot of van in drive

(Oh, those feathers are gross...)

They say that, 99% or so of what we can or do worry about never happens, it's that unknown 01% that we don't know about that gets us. And this sure proved that point.

Nancy K Gurish

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Below is an article describing Turkey Vultures: and a Forum from Saab discussing Chinese made windshields, you can click through to the Saab forum to see more on this. Nancy

Note: We got the window replaced at Comet Glass on St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, OH. I spoke with one of the employees there, I asked if the new windshield would withstand a crash, like the glass that was in there, which held together and didn't fall apart. He said, "yes, the same as what was in there." He added, "The glass from China won't be like this, we use American made glass." "Glass from China has plastic pieces that melt with the heat of the sun and, in time you get distortion." "So, we stick with American made glass. This will hold up." I was happy to learn that, and glad that we used a good company.

Saab Forum - Chinese Replacement Windshields..."

There's a company in my neighborhood offering new windshields for $300 installed. The company seems quite legit - they do their installs in the Canadian Tire automotive workshop. (14-11-08, 09:44 AM)
Apparently the windshields are made in China.
Does anyone have any knowledge of Chinese replacement windshields and particularly any assessment of quality? The guy says that the windshields have to pass government regs etc so there's no safety issue. Is there anything else I need to worry about? One issue could be ripples in the glass I guess. coreyeroc

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If you’ve gone looking for raptors on a clear day, your heart has probably leaped at the sight of a large, soaring bird in the distance– perhaps an eagle or osprey. But if it's soaring with its wings raised in a V and making wobbly circles, it's likely a Turkey Vulture. These birds ride thermals in the sky and use their keen sense of smell to find fresh carcasses. They are a consummate scavenger, cleaning up the countryside one bite of their sharply hooked bill at a time, and never mussing a feather on their bald heads. ... read more ...