Can you imagine driving without a windshield? Driving is already one of the riskiest things we do every day, so it’s mildly stressful to think about what it would be like without protective glass shielding us from the various hazards we encounter on the road way. Not only would we get pelted with rocks and other stray road debris, but the wind whipping at our faces would make it incredibly hard to operate a motor vehicle. While this may not be something you often think about, let’s take a look at a few ways our windshields protect us every day.
1.) They keep the inside of our vehicles safe.
In addition to the windows on our vehicle, our windshields take up a large amount of real estate at the front of our cars. Without them, people and animals would have complete access to the contents of our vehicles. Our cars act as extended storage for things we like to have on the go, and without a windshield there would be nothing keeping those things from being taken or tampered with.
2.) They protect us from wind and debris.
As mentioned above, one of the major benefits of windshields is that they keep us from getting struck by items located on, or next to, the road way. That random shopping bag you just drove by would likely be clinging to your face without a windshield. Not to mention the fact that we would constantly be hit with rocks, dirt, and other unexpected detritus. Needless to say, we would all look a bit worse for wear without windshields protecting us every day.
3.) They protect us from the elements.
Similar to how windshields keep us safe from wind and debris, they also guard us from the elements. They shield us from extreme cold, heat, rain, snow, and hail. Without windshields, the sun would beat down into our vehicles and fade our interior too. They also serve to shield us from the rays of the sun. Without them we would all be doing a lot more squinting, even with sunglasses.
As you can see, windshields are a vital aspect to our daily lives as drivers. They offer protection against various rogue elements, in addition to the weather. It can be easy to take the glass at the front of our cars for granted, but the next time you’re cruising along the highway be sure to consider how different driving would be without your trusty windshield keeping you safe.