I noticed it when I bought a 2002 model Chevy Malibu (the hatchback based on the Saab chassis).\nIt was Click and Clack on Car Talk that made me realize it wasn't just me getting more vision sensitive with age, but that the glass had changed.\nApparently the quality of glass used for windshields has gone down (that may be a mis-statement as the change may be beneficial from a safety standpoint).\nWhen I was learning to drive (72-73) the glass on our 1960 model American Motors Rambler Classic Station Wagon would be totally clear when you cleaned it, but apparently current glass is more prone to chipping. The Rambler was 13 years old. My current Chevy Sonic is only 7 years old, but if I am driving into the sun, my windshield might as well have glitter on it. I am pretty sure it is essentially being sand blasted by all of the sand and small rocks being thrown by trucks, etc. One thing I can say is I have not had to replace my windshield because of a crack from a rock, it seems like with the old glass it would be very unlikely to go 150,000 miles without having a big crack, so I wonder if the new glass is somehow easier to make a "divot" in, but less likely to spread into the kind of cracks I used to experience.\nAt one point I was going to a conference every year and there was a shop that would change out the windshield when I was there for only ~$200, so I replaced my windshield every 2 years. However, I am no longer going to that conference, and I suspect that shop got bought out and "gentrified" into a trendy sandwich shop.\n\nSo, what I am wondering is:\nDoes anyone know more on the change of the type of glass used for windshields?\nDo nicer ($$$) cars have glass that is less easily chipped?\nDoes anyone know of a strategy or service to restore the glass - I had a chip patched once and it seems like that method might reasonably be applied to the entire window to fix it, but that may cost as much as a new windshield.\nThanks!