Use Aquapel glass treatment, drive safer during busiest-ever Memorial Day and all summer

PITTSBURGH, May 27, 2005 – With about 31 million travelers expected on the road this Memorial Day weekend and many more throughout the summer, road trippers packing the minivan or making sure the convertible works should also consider applying Aquapel glass treatment to the windshield and other automotive glass, according to Paul Baratta, Aquapel business manager, PPG Industries.

Research for AAA by the Travel Industry Association of America reported this will be the busiest Memorial Day ever. More than 7 million automotive travelers are expected from the western United States, as well as more than 13 million from the Southeast and Midwest, and about 10 million from the Northeast and Great Lakes regions.

"With so many people on the road in summertime, drivers should apply Aquapel glass treatment to their vehicles," Baratta said. "If it starts raining and you're on the highway, Aquapel glass treatment can provide a clear advantage – literally – causing rain to bead and shed off the windshield and helping you see other vehicles as well as the road."

A University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute study found as much as a 25-percent improvement in a driver's response time after a car windshield was coated with glass treatment, from four seconds to three. At 40 mph, that represents 58 feet – a considerable difference.

Aquapel glass treatment can be applied in as little as five minutes and last up to six months, Baratta said, adding that it also reduces night glare and makes it easier to scrape off dirt and bugs.

Consumers can order Aquapel glass treatment online or by telephone through The Tire Rack, a high-performance automotive products distributor. Visit and click on the ADD TO CART button, or call 1-866-353-5082 toll free in the United States (8 a.m.-8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. ET Saturday). One application is $9.95 plus shipping, either via UPS Ground or FedEx for two- or three-day delivery.

Aquapel glass treatment is also installed professionally throughout the United States at glass shops, body shops, quick lubes and other automotive service operations. For details, visit

Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries is a global supplier of coatings, glass, fiber glass and chemicals, with manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates in 23 countries. Sales were US$9.5 billion in 2004.

Aquapel is a trademark of PPG Industries, Inc.


Jeff Worden