Whether you know it or not, the auto glass in your car is designed to protect you and your passengers from a variety of bad and inconvenient situations. From car accidents that can cause traditional forms of glass to shatter and injure to inclement weather that is unpleasant at best and debilitating at worst, the windshields and pieces of automotive glass in a vehicle have dozens of revolutionary technologies and applications in them that all add safety and integrity to each vehicle. Without these advances, we would still be driving around in unsafe cabins with glass that could injure or even kill us at a moment’s notice.
Other advances in the world of automotive have been made over the years, including additional areas of safety and fuel efficiency. As energy prices continue to go up, consumers demand more and more fuel-efficient solutions in their new vehicles. What many fail to realize is how these three elements – your auto glass, fuel economy, and safety – all tie in with one another and provide both protection and incentive when maintained and used properly. In the following article, we’ll outline some key points in which these elements work together to provide a better overall driving experience.
Many people do not think about how auto glass protects them from the road – in fact, it’s one of the most forgotten-about aspects to a vehicle – but it is there to be reliable, nevertheless. Unfortunately, damage to your windshield can cause a plethora of other problems that relate to both safety and fuel efficiency. A damaged windshield, for instance, may create more drag on the vehicle, which can dampen your fuel economy. You may also not be aware of it, but the windshield can provide a majority of the strength for your car’s roof in the event of a roll-over. If the window or windshield is damaged, then this protection cannot be guaranteed.
Thankfully, you can take measures to ensure that your auto glass and windshields are in tip-top shape. A visual inspection of your glass at least once per month can result in catching problems before they become a big issue. A minor chip or crack in the windshield can often be repaired for free under your existing auto insurance policy. In many cases, the technicians will come to your location, so there is no excuse to put off such repairs. If you do put them off and the damage becomes larger, you will sooner or later need to have the entire windshield replaced in order to guarantee your safety.
Fuel economy is a very important aspect of selecting a new car, as well as car maintenance. You want to be able to get the most bang for your buck in this regard – even if you like sportier vehicles – and so ensuring this is vital. Fuel economy and safety go hand in hand, mainly due to driving habits. Forms of reckless driving, such as rapid starting and stopping, speeding and risky maneuvers while on the road, also happen to reduce fuel efficiency. On the other hand, driving at the speed limit while being safe in how you change lanes and not making rapid stops and starts preserves fuel and reduces wear and tear on your car.
Another area in which fuel economy can be impacted is due to damaged glass. If one of your car windows is busted, for instance, then the air forcing its way into the car can create drag. Even if you have the window taped up or temporarily patched, this alters the fundamental aerodynamics of the vehicle and will reduce your fuel economy. A crack in the windshield can also create drag, although less than a busted window. These are yet more reasons why you should ensure that your auto glass is in tip-top shape each and every time you get out on the road.
You should always be safe while on the road – no incentive save for your life should be needed to justify this – but there are other benefits to being careful. When you drive at slower speeds, for instance, you’ll have more time to react to the conditions of the road. A falling sheet of ice from an overpass or a bouncing tire from a tractor-trailer may find their way directly in the path of your windshield. If you have time to react on the road by driving safely and slowly, then you may be able to avoid any damage.
Especially when there is damage to the vehicle’s auto glass, you want to be very careful about how you drive. One wrong move that results in a roll-over may be deadly if there is damage to the auto glass, whereas injuries would have been the only problem had the windshield and auto glass been in prime condition. We advise not to drive when there is damage to the windshield – which is another part of safety 101 – but many people do not listen. If there is any damage to your vehicle’s glass and you must drive, then use common sense and as much prior planning as possible to avoid potentially dangerous situations.