A Primary Source of Safety

Your car’s windshield is more than just a transparent pane of glass. It’s an essential component of your car’s protection system. It can protect you from unwanted hazards beyond your control, such as accidents, debris, the harmful effects of UV rays, and other various natural elements. Additionally, the windshield serves to keep occupants within the vehicle during collisions.

Any form of windshield damage calls for immediate repair or replacement. In this blog post, we discuss the windshield’s role in your car’s safety.

Structural Integrity

Your car’s windshield contributes significantly to its structural integrity, acting as a unifying element that increases its strength and rigidity.

During a car accident, your windshield performs various functions to uphold structural integrity and ensure safety.

In the event of a rollover, the windshield plays a critical role in maintaining the safety of the passenger cabin. It prevents the roof from collapsing by helping to distribute some of the pressure that runs through it, ensuring the safety of you and any other occupants inside the vehicle.

Additionally, your windshield strengthens the pillars supporting the roof, ensuring their ability to withstand impact and remain intact in an accident.

Airbags also affect the structural integrity of your windshield. The passenger’s side airbags do not have the steering wheel behind them like the driver’s side does to ensure proper deployment. 

Airbags depend on an intact windshield to provide a backstop that directs the expansion of these safety devices toward the driver and passengers. If your windshield is damaged, it can explode outward, limiting the effectiveness of your airbags and potentially resulting in serious injuries to you or anyone in the front passenger seat.

The Benefits of Laminated Glass

Your windshield’s laminated glass composition is one reason it can maintain security. Two or more layers of glass are laminated together with an adhesive resin, which is between the two glass pieces.

The glass layers are then heated and pressed to combine into a single solid piece. You are safer thanks to this glass in more ways than one, as laminated glass is more difficult to break. Even if one side of the glass develops a chip or crack, the multiple layers and adhesive enable the windshield to remain almost undamaged. Because laminated glass won’t scatter, sharp fragments won’t fall on you in an accident.

Get Expert Help from Sentry Glass Inc. 

Contact Sentry Glass Inc. if you need quality windshield repair or replacement services at a reasonable price. Since 1991, our reliable team has been handling precise windshield repairs and replacements throughout Indiana to keep you safe on the road. Our skilled auto glass professionals service all makes and models of cars and semi-trucks. Contact us for a free quote or to learn more about our services at (317) 577-8147 or admin@sentryglassinc.com today!