Did you know that your windshield is an integral part of structural support of the cabin of your vehicle?
Windshield is not just to shield the wind. Windshield is a structural element of a car, just as important as any other part.
In front end collision the windshield provides up to 45% of structural integrity of the cabin and in a rollover, up to 60%. This is significant, but not so obvious; that's the reason for this blog.
Substandard windshield, incorrectly installed windshield or a simplest chip or a crack will diminish windshields integrity. In a front end collision any of these factors can make a significant difference, and even more so in an accident where vehicle rolls over.
In the world of windshield replacement there are a few standards, most notably mounting standards and glazing standards. Windshield itself has its own important standard as well. All this is important information, but not to you. You don't need to know any of this, if you go to any reputable windshield replacement place, qualified technicians will take care of everything. It is unlikely that you will be sold substandard windshield or that windshield installation will be faulty. What is likely is you ignoring a chip or a crack. The most important information in this blog is that a chip or a crack will diminish windshields integrity and put you and your passengers in unnecessary peril.