When faced with replacing a windshield, many car owners default to the lowest-price option. But if you take this route and are in a serious accident, your decision could cost you your life. An incorrectly installed windshield could pop out in an accident, allowing the roof to cave in and crush the car’s occupants. Furthermore, when the front airbags deploy, they exert a tremendous force on the windshield and will blow out one that is not firmly glued into place.
The thing that we wish most drivers knew was that the windshield is the number one safety restraint in your vehicle. The windshield is actually two sheets of glass held together by an inner layer of strong vinyl. When the windshield breaks, the vinyl holds the glass in place rather than allowing the shards to fall into the car and cut the occupants. The windshield is made to keep you inside the car, and keep other things out of the car. This is not a place to cut corners and go with the cheapest price. If the windshield isn’t strong enough and an occupant is thrown from a speeding car, the odds of survival are much less. Thirty percent of all fatalities are due to people being ejected from the car.
You want to make sure when choosing your auto glass shop that they use OE (Original Equipment) quality products, are fully trained, certified, and insured, and use a quick, fast curing urethane for best results. Many auto glass companies skimp on the products to keep costs down, however they are also putting your life in serious jeopardy if you are ever involved in a serious collision. Make sure to ask the right questions to ensure you are getting a quality windshield installation for not only your own safety, but anyone else who may be driving in the vehicle as well.