Your windshield does more than keep dirt and sand out of your face while you drive. Through automotive history, the windshield has developed into a key safety feature of the car that helps keep the cabin intact in motor accidents. The windshield provides important structural integrity to your car. In front-end collisions, your windshield helps the cabin stay intact by absorbing up to 50% of the incoming force.
Additionally, the windshield helps keep driver and passengers inside the car during accidents by not completely breaking. One of the leading causes of fatalities in motor accidents is passengers being ejected from the car. While wearing a seatbelt is the most important thing to do to avoid ejection, the windshield can help prevent fatality by keeping passengers inside the relative safety of the car’s cabin.
In addition, the windshield plays a key role in rollovers by helping to support the roof of the cabin. Another leading cause of fatality in motor accidents is head injury. This can be caused by the cabin being compromised during rollovers when the roof collapses.
In less severe accidents where the windshield might break, it is not only giving the car strength during the accident, but it is helping keep you safe by not shattering into small pieces of glass. Windshields are designed to break in a way that will not shed small pieces of glass like a normal sheet of glass. Instead, the laminate process makes it so it breaks in a controlled fashion.
Finally, the windshield is important for passenger safety because it helps keep the air bag inside the car during accidents. Where the driver’s side air bag usually releases out of the steering wheel, the passenger side air bag bounces off of the windshield as it comes out of the dashboard. The windshield must be strong enough to protect against that force.
The best way to keep your windshield healthy is to be proactive with windshield damage. If you have a crack or chip in your windshield, have it repair or replaced as soon as possible. Contact AllStar Windshield Centers for more information.