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Windshields Provide Valuable Support Structure to Vehicle’s Roof

While driving down the road, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about the windshield in front of you -and that’s how it should be. A windshield is supposed to be clean and clear and do its job.

But did you know that the windshield does more than just provide a clear view? Did you know that in the event of an accident, a windshield provides valuable support to the vehicle’s roof?

That simple invention known as a windshield is actually a very important part of your vehicle’s support structure.

Facts

  • In a collision, a windshield provides nearly 45% of the structural integrity of the cabin
  • In a rollover, a windshield provides up to 60% of the structural support of the cabin
  • 70% of all windshields and installed incorrectly
  • Over 30% of all fatalities occur from the vehicles passengers being ejected from the vehicle, or injured during rollovers

Structure

Your windshield is a main part of your vehicle’s structural support system, and works as a part of the safety restraint system of your vehicle. An improperly installed windshield increases the chances of vehicle occupants being crushed in a rollover accident, it also makes the airbags less likely to deploy properly.

Safety

Since the windshield is responsible for much of the structural support, it is important to ensure that it is installed correctly. But after your windshield is installed, the only definite way to prove whether it has been installed correctly is to crash test it. This is why it is important to take precautions to ensure proper installation -before you have a new windshield installed.

How can you know that your windshield is installed correctly?

By having your windshield replaced by a reputable auto glass replacement shop, you can know that your windshield will be properly installed.

Choose a shop that uses only OEM replacement glass, high quality adhesives, and only the best methods of installation. A shop that has been approved by insurance companies is another way to tell if it is a safe choice.

Your windshield is an important part of your vehicle. Be sure you have your windshield replaced by reputable professionals, and don’t chance the safety of the structural support of your vehicle.

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