How is your windshield an important safety feature?

Car accidents can occur at any time, even if we are performing safe driving practices. Drivers can only prepare themselves to the best of their ability for when these accidents happen.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that every year, more than 40,000 Americans are involved in fatal car accidents and more than 5 million Americans are involved in accidents that results in injuries on highway collisions. Of those fatal car accidents, 30 percent of accidents occur with the occupant being ejected from the vehicle. Fortunately there are steps that car owners can take to protect themselves and passengers from potential injuries. One of the most over looked safety features that car owners should consider are their windshields.

In most front end collisions, the windshield can provide up to 45 percent of the structural integrity of an automobile. The strength of the windshield is important for the structure of the vehicle’s cabin during collisions. In collisions that result in the vehicles to roll over, the windshield helps support the weight of the car which prevents the roof from caving in. Once the windshields integrity is compromised, the car then instantly loses one third of its strength. The most common cause of fatalities in roll over situations are injuries suffered to the head and car ejections.

Everyone knows that air bags are meant to protect the passengers from collisions but also laminated windshields are strong enough to support the force and speed that the airbags are deployed. On the passenger side, the airbags are deployed from the dashboard which then bounces of the windshield into the passenger.

To insure that the car will perform to the best of its ability in collisions, the car owner should keep the original factory installed windshield. Repairing the windshield as soon as damage is done will ensure that the factory seal is intact and that the integrity of car has not been compromised. Keeping the original seal of the car will also prevent any water leakage and air leakage in the cabin.


Carolina Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop. For more information about our windshield replacement services, contact our Charlotte, NC auto glass shop at 800-900-1505.

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