Glass Terminology 101: Automobile Edition

At first glance, a windshield might appear to just be a regular piece of glass and not the first line of defense in your car. We have come up with a few glossary terms for you so you know what’s going on it your car.

PVP: Polyvinal butyral is the substance that makes up the middle layer of your windshield. It holds glass together when shattered, creating a spiderweb pattern on the top layer instead of letting the glass split into shards. Polyvinyl butyral does not break easily, making it the ideal substance to use in a windshield.

Safe Drive Away Time: the time after a windshield replacement when your car will be safe to drive. The minimum drive away time is one hour in order to let the adhesive take effect so your vehicle would pass crash tests.

Fritt: the painted border across the top of your windshield. Its purpose is both aesthetic (it will cover any imperfections at the top of the glass) and functional (protecting the adhesion from the sun’s rays over a long period of time).

HUD: A technology first developed for fighter jets in the 1940s, a Heads Up Display shows important information on the windshield of your car so you never have to take your eyes off the road. Currently, fuel readings and speed are the only information shown, but this technology is looking to grow over the next several years to include points of interest and advertisements.

Anti-Theft: a windshield made of tempered and laminated glass, used to prevent smash-and-grabs.

Wisconsin Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop located in the greater Milwaukee area. Contact us online or at (800) 900-1505 to schedule windshield repair or replacement services today.

 

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