Auto Glass Safety

Windshield & Auto Glass Safety

At Auto Glass Helper we believe that all drivers should be aware of just how important your auto glass is when it comes to your safety.

While it is easy to take for granted the importance of your car's windshield and auto glass, the glass in your vehicle is responsible for much of your safety not just while driving but also during collisions and serious crashes. Aside from shielding the interior from wind while driving at high speeds, your windshield adds an estimated 70% of your car's structural integrity in preventing the roof from collapsing during a rollover.  Also, your auto glass and windshield are there to prevent you from being ejected and to keep you and any other occupants inside the vehicle, which is the safest place to be in those types of situations.

Laminated Vs. Tempered Glass

Your windshield and other auto glass is designed to keep you safe both while driving and in the event of a collision. However, did you know that your windshield is made of a different, special type of glass?

Laminated Glass
Windshields are made from a special type of glass known as laminated glass. Laminated glass is made up of two panes of glass with a thin layer of vinyl in between. It is this layer of vinyl that prevents the glass from breaking into pieces. This is especially important in the event of a head-on collision.

Tempered Glass
Unlike windshield glass, which is laminated and "shatter proof," the other auto glass in your vehicle (side door glass, quarter glass, back glass, etc.) is made of tempered glass. Tempered glass is created via heating process followed by a rapid cooling. As a result of this process the end result is a piece of glass with 5 to 10 times its original strength. In the event of a collision, tempered glass shatters into many small pieces. Instead of breaking into large, jagged shards like flat glass, tempered glass is a much safer option during crashes.