High quality windows on your vehicle not only make visibility better, but they provide a safety factor. Today’s modern vehicles all feature glass that is strong and breaks differently than typical glass. For the sake of this story, we’ll be looking strictly at the windows on the side of your car, the rear of your car, and if it applies, your glass panel roof.

When you look at the windows on your car, they probably look the same as the windows in your home. In reality they are made differently. Car windows are made with tempered glass. This tempered glass is meant to withstand potholes, bumps, various weather conditions, and high speeds.

Here are a couple key points to keep in mind concerning windows for the stated areas:

  • Tempered glass: Due to how it’s made, tempered glass is usually five to 10 times stronger than typical glass. This is what makes it such an attractive option for your vehicle. Should the glass manage to break, it will fall into tiny little pieces that are dull, rather than large sharp pieces that can cut you. Again, this is a safety factor. Obviously when shopping you want to make sure the glass is tempered.

  • Buy new: You don’t want to buy used windows, you need to make sure what you get is made to fit your car specifically. There are speciality shops that deal with windows for vehicles.

High quality windows make a difference in how well you are able to see the road, as well as provide you with a safety barrier.

This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How to Buy Good Quality Windows and was authored by Valerie Johnston.


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