Understanding The Different Windows In Your Vehicle

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Vehicles have come a long way since they were invented. Many of those changes had to do with improving safety. The windows in your vehicle have evolved from regular easy-to-break glass into windows made of laminated glass. Read on to learn more about the windows in your car and why you should keep them in good repair.

The Windshield

The front windshield is an extremely important part of your vehicle, and it’s made from laminated glass. For this reason, in the event of an accident, the windshield provides much of the cabin’s structural integrity. Therefore, if the window is damaged, you are at a higher risk of injury during a car accident.

A damaged windshield may also prevent the airbag from deploying correctly. Normally, the airbag hits the windshield before it changes direction towards you to provide cushioning. If the windshield is damaged, the force of the airbag may further shatter it, which prevents the airbag from coming back toward you.

The Rear Windshield

The rear windshield, like the side glass, is made from tempered glass, which is stronger than most glass but not as strong as laminated glass. Therefore, it does not provide structural integrity. However, in the event of an accident, the glass is designed to shatter into small chunks that are less likely to lacerate you than big shards of broken glass.

You may have noticed lines on your rear windshield. Those lines are designed to provide small electrical currents when the rear defrost is on. This helps keep the rear windshield clear, so you can see properly. Some vehicles even come with a rear wiper to help keep the rear windshield clean.

Rear windshields come in all shapes and sizes, depending on the type, size, and style of the vehicle. While most rear windshields are solid, trucks often have sliders, which can open to provide circulation.

Side Glass

Side glass is usually made from tempered glass, but it can also be made from laminated glass for more protection. With laminated glass side windows, keep in mind that they are harder to break in the event of an emergency, such as if the car becomes submerged in water.

The side windows are mostly meant to provide visibility for the driver, so a cracked side window can pose a lot of problems, especially since people may neglect to fix a broken side window.

Broken side windows can also compromise the security of your vehicle. Even if you cover them with plastic, they’re a perfect entry for criminals.


If your car comes with a sunroof, you need to monitor that window too. Because of its location on the roof of the car, a damaged sunroof can cause major problems, such as water leaks. Dust can also get inside a damaged sunroof, which can make breathing uncomfortable, especially if you suffer from allergies or asthma.

The longer you ignore your damaged sunroof, the more expensive the repairs may be. Thanks to UV rays and water, there may be some damage inside the car, such as fading or mildew growth on the seats. Now, instead of just fixing the sunroof, you also have to fix the car seats.

A broken car window can cause a lot of problems, especially if it’s the front windshield. Even side glass windows, however, can cause problems if they become damaged. If you would like to learn more, or if you’re ready to get a quote on window replacement for your vehicle, contact us at Aaron Auto Glass today.

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