Your windshield not only allows you to see the road but it also provides essential protection against wind, airborne debris, and the elements. You may be surprised to learn, however, that windshields also serve a lot of other purposes in your vehicle. The section below outlines some of the primary functions performed by your windshield when driving.
Supporting The Structure Of Your Vehicle
According to the Auto Glass Safety Council, the windshield in your car or truck provides essential structural support for the roof of the vehicle and the cabin where the passengers ride. In front-end collisions, windshields are responsible for up to 45% of the overall structural integrity of the car. In accidents where the vehicle rolls, this number increases to 60% of the structural integrity. Any cracks or chips in the windshield can lower this number significantly. To prevent any problems, you should regularly inspect your windshield for signs of damage. Have any chips or cracks repaired right away to ensure that you are properly protected if you get into an accident.
Keeping You In Your Vehicle During An Accident
In most areas, anyone driving or riding in a vehicle is required to wear a seatbelt. Most modern cars are also equipped with airbags. These devices are designed to improve safety in the event of a crash. Your windshield plays a similar role, providing essential protection when an accident occurs. Windshields are constructed out of specially laminated glass that is designed not to shatter in the event of an accident. This helps keep you and anyone else in your vehicle from being injured by broken glass. More than that, however, your windshield also helps keep you from getting thrown out of the vehicle, which can improve your chances of surviving a serious accident.
Windshield glass is designed to block UV rays from the sun. This is especially important in sunny areas. By blocking out UV rays, the glass in your vehicle can reduce your risk of developing skin cancer or other health problems caused by UV light.
Our experienced windshield technicians can help repair or replace your windshield if it has been damaged. We provide mobile windshield replacement and repair services throughout these parts of New Port Richey, making it convenient to have your vehicle repaired. You can find out more about the services that we offer or set up an appointment by reaching out to us by calling today.