SOURCE: Glass Doctor(R)

July 31, 2014 16:23 ET

The Windshield: A Key to Vehicle Safety

Glass Doctor® Explains That a Proper Windshield Replacement Can Be a Lifesaver

WACO, TX--(Marketwired - July 31, 2014) - Your car windshield protects you from the elements while you drive. The descriptive name emphasizes its function: wind and shield. But, the most important function of a windshield is keeping the occupants of a vehicle from being ejected in an accident.

In the event of an accident, many people hope that the body of their vehicle will withstand the force of a collision. But, they may not realize that the windshield in modern vehicles can provide as much as 85% of a vehicle cabin's structural integrity in a collision.

As a result, the windshield plays a key role in keeping the roof from collapsing during a rollover, as well as making sure the airbag deploys in the correct position and helping to keep passengers from being ejected from the vehicle, greatly increasing the chances of survival.

Because of this significant contribution to the overall structural integrity of the cabin of a vehicle, the windshield should always be in good condition when operating an automobile. A cracked windshield is a serious hazard and should be replaced.

It is important to check on certification of the glass replacement company and workers to be sure the windshield replacement is done correctly. An incorrectly replaced windshield can be as hazardous as a cracked windshield. Incorrectly installed windshields can have an ineffective seal, leading to possible leaking and wind noise, as well as possibly failing to protect the passengers in an accident.

The Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the safe replacement of auto glass. A company that adheres to the AGSC standards for safe auto glass installation means that quality materials are used in the installation process. This includes using Original Equipment Manufactured (OEM) equivalent glass and AGSC approved adhesive to replace your windshield. This ensures that the windshield will function correctly and protect you and your family in the event of a collision.

Be sure to consult your local Glass Doctor (http://www.glassdoctor.com) for more information on AGSC safety standards and windshield replacement to keep your family safe on the road.

About Glass Doctor®:

Established in 1962 with one shop in Seattle, Wash., today Glass Doctor offers complete glass repair, replacement and services to the residential, automotive and commercial markets at more than 275 locations in the United States and Canada. Glass Doctor began franchising in 1977 and in 1998 joined The Dwyer Group, Inc., family of service franchises. For further information or to find the location nearest you, visit GlassDoctor.com.

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