Your Windshield's Sacrifice Should Not Be in Vain

A windshield is sort of the Secret Service of the car world. Everyday it puts itself between us and all the hazards of the road. It keeps the rain, snow, sleet, and hail off of us and tries its best to be angled so that the sun does not blind us and run us off the road.

Even the most dedicated presidential protector might balk at being pelted with bugs and bird doo, but your windshield doesn’t, and sometimes it even makes the ultimate sacrifice.

Vehicle Glass Safety Features

Even when it takes a hit for you, your windshield works to protect you as long as it can. In fact, all the glass in your car does this to some extent. All auto glass in this country is required to be safety tempered prior to installation – this is becoming the norm in houses too, but cars were there first.

Safety tempering is what makes the glass in your rear and side windows practically disintegrate into a million little pieces when broken. While this has its own inconvenience factor, such as nicking your finger on a little piece that got stuck down in the upholstery no matter how many times you’ve vacuumed since the break, it’s better than slicing an artery on a huge chunk of non-safety glass. Or worse, having a window break on the road and watching a piece fly out and hurt or kill someone else.

Shielding You From More Than Just Wind

Your windshield has added features, because while it’s much better to have little bits of glass flying at your eyes and face when the semi in front of you kicks up a rock, it still isn’t good. That is why, in addition to being safety tempered, your front auto glass in laminated to peel off in a sheet in the event of breakage. If you survive whatever it is that wrecks your windshield, this feature can save your sight and your life. You might even be able to stop the car safely.

Go To A Specialist

Have you ever laminated anything? Keeping the bubbles out is no easy task, and that was just for a school project, gift, or art to hang on your wall. It is unlikely that your life or anyone else’s depended on getting it right.

Because the glass in your car, and especially in the front of your car serves such a vital role, it is crucial to make sure that when you need to get it repaired, you are certain its being done by someone who will do the job right.

When the replacement is done incorrectly, the laminate can peel up or the glass can slip out of the gasket or break under pressure. With the wrong “installer,” you may even find out it wasn’t laminated or tempered at all, making it very unsafe and dangerous. You owe it to your windshield to make sure it doesn’t sacrifice in vain.

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