What is a Windscreen?

In North America, the large piece of glass at the front of a vehicle (aircraft, car, bus, motorbike, truck, train, boat, or streetcar) that provides visibility and protection from the elements is called a windshield. Meanwhile, the same part of a vehicle is called a “windscreen” in Britain. That’s right, this same component is called something different across the pond. The truth is, there is no actual difference.

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a windscreen is a screen that protects against the wind. In the beginning, windscreens (or windshields) were made of ordinary window glass and were primarily used to protect the driver and vehicle’s passengers from the wind and flying debris (i.e., dust, insects, rocks, etc.). Over time, additional safety features were added such as a UV coating to protect the vehicle’s passengers from the sun, and the glass transitioned to laminated safety glass.

Therefore, if you find yourself needing a windshield repair or replacement in the UK, be sure to search for the best windscreen technicians in the area. Interestingly, in the UK, if the windscreen is cracked, you need to repair or replace it immediately. It is considered a motoring offense to drive with a cracked windscreen because the vehicle is now compromised and this puts the passengers in danger. The Highway Code states that drivers should have a full, clear view of the road ahead. Therefore, windscreen glass must always be maintained in good condition – here and in the UK.

Whether you call it a windscreen or windshield, if your vehicle’s auto glass needs repairs or replacements, you can always count on the Best in Auto Glass – Glass America – to get the job done right. Get an online quote today!


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