A windshield is a windshield, right? The worst thing you can do is assume that your windshield is just a piece of glass that allows you to see where you are going. Your windshield not only protects you from the elements, but it is also a safety device that can prevent you from getting catapulted from your car in an accident. When it comes to having your windshield replaced, there are several safety considerations to keep in mind.
Classic Cars and Safety Windshields
Car manufacturers did not start using safety glass on all of their makes and models until Cadillac started doing it in 1929. But even when one of the world’s premier auto makers started installing safety glass as a standard piece of equipment, it took years for the rest of the auto manufacturing world to catch up.
If you enjoy driving your classic car but you have a windshield that is a few decades old, then you are putting yourself and your passengers at risk. Today’s windshields are designed to prevent injury, while the older windshields will shatter in an accident situation. It is always best to get your classic car windshield replaced with a newer windshield if you intend to drive your car regularly.
A big safety concern among classic car enthusiasts and every other car owner is the type of adhesive used to hold a windshield in place. Urethane windshield adhesive is the product of choice among classic car enthusiasts for all models because it offers the type of strong hold people need for their windshields.
Some classic car enthusiasts use a product called butyl tape to set their windshields, and then fill in the gaps with urethane. This method is not recognized as being safe by windshield experts and should be avoided. Butyl tape is a clean way to install a windshield, but it does not offer the durability of urethane adhesive.
Choosing The Right Windshield
In order for any windshield to offer the right level of protection, it must be a perfect fit for your vehicle. The more modern vehicles use standard patterns that windshield repair shops can use to get the perfect fit. But classic cars present a problem because there are thousands of different windshield patterns for the older cars that are on the road.
For maximum safety, your classic car windshield should be cut and processed by an expert shop with the precise pattern for your vehicle. The front windshield and back window should come from a shop that has a high level of expertise in cutting precise glass for classic vehicles.
When your windshield has a small chip or crack, then it is important to get that taken care of immediately before it gets worse. When it is time to replace your windshield, then that is a job for a professional. Whether you are replacing the windshield on a classic car or a modern vehicle, the fit has to be perfect and the materials have to be right to make sure that your windshield can do its job as a safety device on your car.