Top 4 Functions of Your Windshield & Why Windshield Replacement is So Important.
Whenever I’m driving in the rain, I always feel so grateful for my windshield. For the protection it gives me from the wind, rain, dust, and debris. While the windshield functioning as a physical barrier is incredibly practical, the windshield actually serves multiple functions that are absolutely vital to driver and passenger safety. Keep on reading to learn more about the functions of your car’s windshield and why getting your windshield damage fixed fast is so important!
Function #1. Visual Aid
Simply put, the windshield is a visual aid that provides the driver and passengers with a clear and unobstructed view of the roads and other vehicles around you. That is, until you sustain a chipped or cracked windshield. Then your view will not be so clear and you may be putting yourself and others at risk if you don’t get your windshield repaired or replaced quickly!
Function #2. Protective Shield
Hint, hint! See above. This is why I thank my lucky stars every monsoon season here in Arizona! The windshield is a protective shield between the driver, passengers, and interior of the vehicle, and the outside environment and elements. Plus, and this is a BIG PLUS, since we live in Arizona where the sun basically always shines. Windshield auto glass is made of material that also helps block harmful UV rays. That’s a win-win in my book!
Function #3. Fundamental Safety Unit
You may think the windshield only helps with safety because of the #1 and #2 windshield functions previously mentioned. However, #3 and #4 are windshield functions that are absolutely vital when driving on the roads.
The windshield is a supportive beam that is integral to the structural strength of the car roof. In the unfortunate event of a motor-vehicle accident, having a windshield that is free from chips, cracks, or other windshield damage may prevent your car roof from caving in and collapsing on you and your loved ones. Specifically, the windshield can lend up to 60% of the structural integrity of the car in the event of a rollover and up to 45% in the event of a front-end collision. Wow. Just wow. Now you know why all of us here at Auto Glass 2020 are so passionate about making sure you get the windshield repair or windshield replacement you need, when you need it. This is why we offer an amazing mobile windshield replacement service so you don’t have to worry about finding time to get your windshield repaired.
Function #4. Airbag Deployment
This windshield function is not as well-known as some of the others, but the windshield is the backstop for airbags to inflate towards the occupants. If you have windshield damage, it may not be able to properly absorb the impact of the airbags, causing them to not work as efficiently and, what’s even worse, is they may have a higher risk of malfunctioning when you need them the most.
Chipped or Cracked Windshield?
So, there you go. To sum it up: windshields are pretty dang important. Not just when it’s raining (although that’s a function I’m extremely thankful for), but as a key component to the overall safety of your vehicle. So, if you have a chipped or cracked windshield, call Auto Glass 2020 today at (480) 283-7751 or get a quote here! Auto Glass 2020 wants to keep you and your loved ones safe (while also keeping you and your car’s interior safe from Arizona monsoon season)!