Windshield Replacement Provides Safety
The windshield has become critical in the vehicle’s overall stability and ability to protect its passengers in crashes. First of all, it is a federal safety standard that windshields keep passengers inside the car in the event of a crash. The driver and all passengers should always have seat belts on, but if they don’t it becomes the windshield’s job to help keep them inside the vehicle.
During crash circumstances, windshields also play a vital role in the structural integrity of the vehicle. In front-end crashes the windshield provides stiffness and rigidity, which helps keep the car from crushing on impact, and protects the bodies of the passengers. In rollover crashes the windshield is responsible for reinforcing the roof structure and keeping the roof from caving in on the passengers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports over 40,000 Americans are killed and over 5 million injured every year in highway crashes. Over 30% of the fatalities occur when vehicle occupants are either ejected from the vehicle, or, injured during rollovers.
If a windshield’s strength is in a weakened state because of chips or cracks, it does not have the ability to keep passengers inside, or to withstand the crushing forces an automobile experiences during a crash. Industry experts estimate that between 18 and 22% of a vehicle’s structural integrity is provided by the windshield and in roll-over accidents, the windshield makes up as much as 70% of the total structural integrity of the vehicle. Do you want to compromise that much of your vehicle’s strength because of a windshield crack or chip?