Windshield Replacement: A Key Component In Automotive Safety
Drive anywhere in your local neighborhood, and chances are that eventually you’ll run across a handful of cars that have hair-line cracks or penny-sized nicks in their glass windshields. Look hard enough, and you might even spy a windshield that’s almost been completely smashed in.
Aside from the obvious unattractiveness of piloting an automobile around town that looks as if it’s just returned from battle, damaged car windows are dangerous to those inside – even a tiny crack can allow moisture to seep in and fog up the window, preventing visibility – and, as some of you might not know, they’re against the law too. Yes, you can be cited by the police for driving a car with a cracked windshield. But that’s not the whole story . . .
According to the most recent road accident statistics, approximately 8,000 auto-related fatalities are attributed to people being fully or partially ejected through the windows of their vehicles. A properly installed and optimal functioning car windshield – this means no cracks, dings, or nicks of any kind – is equally as important to automobile safety as are seat belts, airbags, and even anti-lock braking systems.
It’s unfortunate that so many drivers unknowingly jeopardize occupant safety because they’re more concerned about cost and convenience than with simply replacing or repairing damaged windshield glass. Contrary to what a lot drivers think, your car windshield does quite a bit more than merely give you a clear view of the road while keeping the wind out of your face.
Aside from securing the driver and passengers inside the vehicle during an accident, auto windshields are also designed to prevent the car’s roof from collapsing in on itself during collisions and rollovers. It’s been claimed by many auto manufacturers around the world that your windshield provides upwards of 60 to 70 percent of the roof crush protection in a rollover accident.
In addition, correctly installed car windshields are meant to help absorb some of the potentially lethal force exerted by a deploying airbag. Not surprisingly, airbags frequently deploy at an astounding 150 miles per hour – they can indeed be life-savers of their own, but anything packing that degree of outward thrust can also easily dislodge windshields in the process, which increases the likelihood that the driver or passengers could be ejected or crushed during an accident.