You may think of your windshield as just a big piece of glass that keeps the bugs out of your teeth, but it does much more.
The windshield plays a critical role in your vehicle’s SRS, or Supplemental Restraint System. And, as with any system, if one part doesn’t function properly, the purpose of the system can be jeopardized.
During a collision, your side airbags are deployed at 200 miles per hour. As they’re propelled forward, the windshield counters their tremendous force, keeping the airbags moving in the right direction and allowing them to protect you and your passengers.
However, if your windshield is cracked or it’s been installed improperly, the force of the airbags can push the windshield toward the front of the car and affect the Supplemental Restraint System’s ability to keep you safely in the vehicle.
Your windshield was also designed to protect you in the event of a rollover accident. But if the windshield was not installed correctly or has unrepaired chips or cracks, the stress of a rollover can cause the glass to break or pop out. If that happens, the roof can collapse under the weight of the car, which can endanger the lives of everyone in the vehicle.
What can you do to keep your car safer?
- Have windshield cracks and chips repaired as quickly as possible. If you live in Florida, you may be entitled to free windshield replacement.
- If your windshield needs to be replaced, make sure the work is done by trusted auto glass professionals who back up their work.
Give us a call if we can help or answer any questions you might have: (888)844-1989.