Auto Glass Tucson: Vital to safety

by Jeffry Gardner, Max Auto Glass and BRAKEmax Car Care Centers


The most obvious reason behind your windshield’s presence on your car is to deflect bugs, rain, debris and winds. But as automotive safety technology advances, so do the uses of auto glass Tucson. In fact, the windshield acts as a deflector of debris, a ‘backstop’ for airbags, and even structural integrity in the event of a rollover accident.

Windshields as deflectors
Diagram of laminate construction of a windshieldThe windshield in your car protects you and your occupants from dust, bugs, rocks and other debris as well as UV-A and UV-B Rays. But that wasn’t always the case. In early automobiles, windshields were constructed of simple window glass like you would find on a home. Of course, this relatively thin material was prone to breakage, causing the glass to shatter into sharp little pieces.

The windshield, like much of our automotive manufacturing process, was improved by the work of Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company. Mr. Ford observed an up-and-coming technology referred to as glass lamination in which a windshield assembly consists of a layer of cellulose (which constitutes the majority of plant cell walls) sandwiched between two pieces of glass. When the glass was fractured by debris, the adhesive middle layer helped to maintain the shape of the windshield and prevent shattering.

Heads Up Display (HUD) exampleWindshields as information ‘screens’
More and more vehicles are being manufactured with Heads-Up Displays, or HUDs, which reflect an image against your windshield to display information like speed, the time, or about upcoming obstacles or dangers. The benefit of positioning the display as such is to allow the operator of the vehicle to read this information without diverting their eyes away from the road.

It is still under debate whether the Heads Up Display model is safer than traditional displays; but what is not up for debate is the role of the windshield in the safe operation of a vehicle.

How Auto Glass protects you in an accident

Aside from the lamination process making the glass safer in the event of an accident, there are other considerations for the windshield to be designed the way it is. One of the lesser-known reasons why it’s important for us to have windshields is that often they are designed to be a ‘backstop’ for the airbags, directing them to the proper position to prevent head damage.

How our windshields protect us in the event of a rollover

Additionally, properly-installed windshields contribute to the overall rigidity and structural integrity of the car, especially in the event of a rollover accident. Automotive-grade, industry-leading materials are used to create a bond between the car and the windshield at a molecular level. This helps prevent the roof of the car from caving in if the vehicle were to roll over.

Given these reasons, it’s obvious why we at Max Auto Glass in Tucson are so passionate about windshield repair and replacement done the right way. Although the day-to-day uses may be taken for granted, we need our auto glass to be there for us in the event of an emergency.