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Auto glass is vulnerable to chips and cracks, which can cause hazardous conditions while traveling if the damage isn't repaired. Debris from the road and other vehicles can strike your car, and intact windows help protect passengers. The glass serves as more than a barrier to debris and weather conditions, it also helps maintain the structural integrity of your car and works with other safety features.

It's important to keep your vehicle's glass intact as you travel and get any damage repaired or replaced promptly. When cracks in windows do occur it may be tempting to cover the area with something temporarily until you can get it replaced, but this can pose some serious safety hazards.

Visibility will be affected

Auto glass is made to provide a clear view of the road ahead and its surroundings. It has been designed specifically with drivers and passengers' safety in mind. The unique elements in the glass work to deflect foreign objects as you drive so that you have a full, clear field of vision. This will be negatively affected by any other material used in an attempt to temporarily cover the damaged area.

The makeup of auto glass is also unique in its ability to help deflect light during night driving so that you can see the road. If any material other than auto glass is on the windshield, your windshield wiper's inability to function optimally will also be problematic for visibility. Side window glass is just as important for maintaining visibility. Blind spots can be created if you have a broken side window and cover it with plastic.

Airbags and other safety features won't function properly

Airbags work together with the auto glass of vehicles to provide safety to all occupants. Drivers' side airbags deploy in the direction of the driver, whereas passenger airbags bounce off the windshield toward passengers. The glass works to absorb the speed and force during deployment. If glass is damaged and covered with plastic it won't do its job of absorbing the force effectively.

Forward collision warning is a modern safety feature in certain vehicles that can help prevent accidents. It works by scanning the road ahead to alert the driver if there's a risk of an oncoming impact. When windshield glass is damaged this feature will not function properly. Intact auto glass in front and side windows is essential to keep these and other safety features working as they were designed to.

Protection from the elements

Covering your windshield with plastic might seem like it will protect your vehicle's interior but it will leave it vulnerable. Even the most durable plastic will be no match for one rainstorm. Other environmental elements can become a concern in even ideal weather conditions.

Your auto glass protects the car's interior from harsh sun rays. The glass naturally works to deflect the sun's UVB light. When you put plastic in place of any auto glass you'll be subjecting your vehicle to risk such as a faded and even cracked dashboard.

The importance of a professional auto glass company

Intact auto glass plays such a crucial role in ensuring the overall safety and functionality of a vehicle, especially the windshield. Cracks or chips in the glass can compromise its strength, impairing the driver's line of sight and increasing the risk of accidents. There is no safe substitute for professional repair or replacement of auto glass. Prompt attention to auto glass not only contributes to vehicle safety but also enhances the overall driving experience.

The experts at Smiley’s Glass will ensure you receive the highest quality auto glass installation. We use only tested, manufacturer-approved methods and materials as specified by the Auto Glass Safety Council’s AGRSS program. Consider our mobile installation, providing the quality service and convenience you deserve to fit your busy schedule. Give us a call today at (804) 320-7172 or visit us online for a free quote.

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