One of the most important parts of your vehicle to keep in good shape is your windshield, mostly because of the many ways in which it protects you and your passengers. Listed below are two reasons to make sure that your cracked or damaged windshield is replaced as soon as possible.
The single most important thing that your windshield can do for you is to protect you in the event that you get into an accident. One reason for this is that the windshield is there to keep you from being completely ejected from the vehicle if you are involved in a head-on collision.
If your seatbelt fails, or you aren't wearing your seatbelt, the windshield is pretty much the only thing keeping you from flying out of the vehicle during a head-on collision. If the windshield has cracks in it, then it may not be sturdy or strong enough to stop your body from going through it, which can result in much worse injuries.
Another way that the windshield protects you is if you are involved in an accident that forces your vehicle onto its roof. In that situation, the windshield is partly responsible for providing structural support to the roof of the vehicle. If the windshield is cracked, then it may just break completely when the vehicle rolls over and makes it much more likely that the vehicle's roof will simply collapse onto you and your passengers, which increases the chances of a severe injury and makes it more difficult for you to get out of the vehicle and to safety.
Another major reason to have your windshield replaced is that the windshield helps your front airbags deploy in the proper manner. When the airbags deploy, they will strike the windshield and use that as a guide to deploy correctly.
The reason that your windshield needs to be in good shape for this is that airbags deploy with explosive force, which means that if your windshield is not in the best possible shape, the force of the airbag's deployment can simply break the window. This can result in severe injuries for you or your passengers because if the airbag breaks the windshield, then it won't be in the proper position to protect you effectively.
Contact a glass or windshield replacement service, such as Express Glass Inc., to discuss if your windshield is in need of replacement. Replacing your windshield is vital to protect yourself in the event of an accident.