If you regularly follow our blog updates, you’ll likely recall many mentions of the important role windshields play in the safety of occupants and structural support of a vehicle. Far too often we are confronted with replacing windshields that were improperly installed, and we know that in each case the driver and their passengers have been at constant risk while on the road due to a rushed or amateur windshield installation.
The windshield is an amazing piece of technology, not just a simple sheet of glass. The modern windshield has been designed from the ground up to be resilient and durable against road debris, severe weather and vehicle accidents including collisions. In fact, windshields are a vital part of every vehicle’s structure and safety system. Here’s why:
You may be surprised to learn that a windshield provides structural support for your vehicle. In the event of a collision or rollover, the windshield adds strength to the frame and can help prevent roof crush. Any windshield, no matter how strong the adhesive bond or how precise the installation, can fracture in a rollover if the roof becomes deformed, but a properly installed windshield is much less likely to separate from the frame.
Rollovers account for about a third of all automotive accident fatalities in the U.S., many of these because the driver or passengers are thrown from the vehicle through the opening created when the windshield separates or side windows fracture. A proper installation greatly reduces the likelihood of ejection and can save your life.
Airbags are now a standard safety feature for very good reason. As part of the supplemental restraint system (SRS), airbags are designed to rapidly inflate in a collision to cushion the impact and prevent occupants from striking the steering wheel, dash and pillars. The passenger airbag is actually designed to deploy into the windshield for proper positioning, but if the windshield is not properly mounted and bonded it can actually be blown off by the force of the airbag striking it, possibly resulting in serious injury or worse.
Your windshield is just as important as your seat-belt in an accident, making it one of the most important components of your vehicle. Some auto glass shops will quote comparatively low prices for the glass and installation, and while that sounds like a bargain you may not be getting quality glass or a professional install by an experienced technician. At DeDona Auto Glass, we pride ourselves on our attention to detail and professionalism, and guarantee our workmanship meets or exceeds the industry standard. Call us today at (336) 851-1380 to schedule an appointment for windshield replacement, or request a free quote directly through our website.