When you see a car advertisement on the television, you don’t see them mentioning anything about the windshield or the surrounding windows. But this doesn’t mean that car glass windows, especially the windshields are not important. In reality, they together constitute to be some of the most crucial parts of a car. The windshield and the other car glass windows are designed and manufactured with your safety in mind. Car glass might look like a mere ornamental addition, but they serve a vital functional role.
Car Glass: Not Merely an Ornamental Addition
Car glass includes windshields, side and rear window glass. Some cars also include a sunroof, sun blinds, glass panel roofs, etc. and each one of them serves a special purpose. The back-glass which is also called a rear windshield or rear window glass is the sheet of glass that is opposite the windshield in a car. The back-glass and the side glasses in a car are made from tempered glass which is also popularly known as safety glass. Tempered glass is known for its tensile and compressive strength. This is why, in the face of a harsh impact or collision, the tempered glass breaks or shatters into small, harmless, circular chunks, unlike ordinary glass that breaks into sharp jagged glass pieces. These circular chunks make sure that you or your fellow passengers don’t get injured because of them.
Due to tempered glass’ innate strength and increased safety, it is used in the windows of cars. Tempered glass is exceptional at withstanding the daily wear-and-tear of driving. Apart from this, your side glass and back glass also allow you a 360-degree vision. The tempered auto glass also has brilliant clarity and transparency. They also help you in blocking dust, debris, and other outside elements. Tempered glass is also easy to clean and maintain. Depending on the model of your car, the back glass also contains the antennae or heating coils. When broken, the back glass should always be properly replaced as per the specifications of the original glass by a trained professional.
Importance of a Car Windshield
One of the most important aspects of your car is its windshield. Most people don’t consider the car glass to be important and very few seldom give any attention to it. But in reality, the windshield serves a variety of important functions. First and foremost, the windshield of your car offers aerodynamics and aesthetic appeal. This might make you think that the windshield is just an ornamental addition to your car but that is not the case. The windshield is an extremely vital component of your car. It protects from debris, dust, flying pebbles, and weather elements such as rain, wind, etc. It provides safety and structural integrity to your car.
Not only does the presence of the windshield provide strength to your car frame, but it also prevents the roof and the cabin from caving in and crashing on you and your fellow passengers. Along with this, it also protects you and your fellow passengers from any harsh impact if your car gets into a collision. If you get caught in an accident and you aren’t wearing a seat-belt then it is the windshield that stops you from being thrown out of the car. The windshield also helps in the proper deployment of airbags in case of an accident. Your car glass is incredibly important which is why, if there is a chip or a crack in your windshield, it is imperative for you to immediately take your windshield to a professional to get it repaired or replaced, as the need may be.
Your windshield needs a type of auto glass that is tougher and stronger than ordinary glass as the windshield is the most accident-prone amongst all the car glass. This is why laminated glass is used in the manufacture of windshields. Laminated glass has a special PVB interlayer in between two sheets or panes of tempered glass. This multi-layered laminated glass provides exceptional resistance to harsh impact. On the rare occasion of breakage, it doesn’t shatter but remains intact. The PVB interlayer acts as a glue and keeps the glass layers together. This characteristic further adds another layer of safety for the passengers. The interlayer in laminated glass has a UV filter that helps to protect the interior of the car from harmful UV rays.
All in all, car glass, i.e. the laminated glass of the windshield and the tempered glass of the side and rear windows each have different functions but together, they safeguard you and your loved ones in an accident. They shield you from weather elements and dust, protect you from sharp, flying glass pieces, retain the structural integrity especially in a rollover and allow proper deployment of airbags.
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