Windshields: Designed for Safety

When you think of safety features on your car, the windshield probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind.

While it is a commonly known fact that features such as airbags and the vehicle’s frame design can play a big role in vehicle occupant safety, it is less known fact that windshields play an important role in car safety too.

Read on to see how windshields are designed to offer protection in case of an accident.

Windshield Design

Windshield manufacturing is an in-depth process that combines safety with technology to create a windshield that is both incredibly strong, yet designed to break in a safe way in the event of a collision.

A windshield is made of two sheets of glass that are held together by an inside layer of vinyl. If the window should break, this vinyl is designed to help prevent the glass from shattering. This means that the glass will be held in place rather than breaking into dangerous shards.

If windshields were made from plastic or Plexiglas, the amount rock chip damage the windshield sustains would be less. However, in the event of an accident a plastic windshield would be rigid and unforgiving, and could cause considerable damage to a person.

Windshield Safety

Windshields are one of the most important safety restraints in a vehicle. During an accident, the windshield offers a layer of protection that keeps you inside of the car and flying debris out.

Since a windshield provides important protection in case of an accident, it is not a good idea to cut corners when it comes to windshield installation.

Make sure your windshield installation company is a legitimate business, who adheres to the highest standards of installation. Experts advise that car owners should watch out for companies who don’t use high quality adhesives, and who are unconcerned about using gloves during the installation process, as oils from the skin can cause adhesives not to bond properly.

An incorrectly installed windshield poses a serious danger to a vehicle’s occupants. An improperly installed windshield could pop out in an accident. This could compromise the integrity of the frame, and allow the roof of the vehicle to collapse onto the car’s occupants.

Improperly installed windshields are a dander for another reason as well: the front airbags. When airbags deploy, they are designed to put an incredible amount of force on the windshield. If the windshield is not securely held in place, it could break, rendering the airbags useless.

Your windshield is one of the most important safety features on your car. When looking for a windshield installation company, make sure you find one that is trustworthy, reputable, and safety conscious.

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