Automobiles require a lot of maintenance and attention to keep them in safe and working condition. Unfortunately, so many people forget about the importance of the windshield. The windshield isn’t just to help block wind; it actually plays a major role in your vehicle’s support system. To learn more about windshields, check out these facts you need to know.
Tinted Windshields Are Safer
While windows that are too tinted may be illegal, a light tint can go a long way to better protect you and your vehicle. Naturally, the tint helps block UV rays, which damage skin and the interior of your car, causing fading. Similarly, the tint helps reduce glare from the sun, making it easier for the driver to see clearly.
Besides blocking UV rays, the tint blocks some natural heat gain. As a result, you don’t need to use as much AC or roll the windows down as often, which boosts fuel economy. Last, tinted windows may prevent someone from breaking into your car since they can’t see what’s inside as well.
Windshields Help Deploy Airbags
Airbags are an amazing safety addition to cars that provide support and cushioning in the event of an accident. Ideally, the airbag deploys correctly and reduces injuries. However, your airbags heavily rely on your windshield to deploy properly.
After a collision, the impact triggers the airbag. As the airbag deploys, it hits the windshield and bounces back toward you to provide protection. If your windshield is damaged from a chip or crack, however, the force of the airbag may further break the windshield, preventing it from deploying in your direction. This increases the risk of head-related injuries.
Windshields Support the Roof
Originally, windshields were made from regular glass, making it a possible safety risk in an accident. The shattered glass could easily cause lacerations and penetrations. It wasn’t until an accident in France in the early 20th century that the windshields used today were borne.
French chemist Edouard Benedictus was working with a substance used to coat things. When he dropped the flask by mistake, it didn’t shatter, which piqued his curiosity.
Thanks to Benedictus’ curiosity and this advancement in technology, windshields, despite being made of glass, are durable and strong. In fact, they are so strong that they help provide structural support to the car, particularly the roof. In a collision, the windshield is responsible for 45 percent of the cabin’s integrity, and in a rollover, it is responsible for 60 percent of the cabin’s integrity.
This support is important because, without it, drivers and passengers are more vulnerable in accidents. Up to 30 percent of rollover-related deaths occur because passengers were ejected through a damaged windshield.
New technology of windshields including cameras and sensors built into windshields offers safety features in newer vehicles. When replacing a windshield with this technology your auto glass specialist has to calibrate the new windshield to bring it to OEM specifications to ensure all safety features function properly when installing a new windshield or auto glass. Contact Aaron Auto Glass in Chicago, IL for any questions you may have about the calibration process.
Windshield Scratches Are Dangerous Too
Naturally, since the windshield provides structural integrity, it’s important to keep your windshield free of chips and cracks. However, scratches pose a danger too. If the scratch is too deep, it may lead to an actual crack or splintering.
Even if the scratch is minor, depending on location, it may affect visibility, increasing the risk of an accident. Scratches can be the result of minor rocks hitting the windshield but worn windshield wipers are a leading culprit too. As the soft rubber wears down, it exposes the glass to hard plastic, which is strong enough to cause lots of small scratches.
Windshields have come a long way from regular panes of dangerous glass. Today, a tinted, undamaged windshield is a safe choice, and even a few minor scratches can increase the risk of an injury. If you’ve been neglecting your windshield, it’s time to upgrade. For more information or to get a quote, contact us at Aaron Auto Glass today.