Rear Windshield Glass Guide

Rear Windshield Glass Guide

When one hears the word windshield, the first thing that comes to mind is the front windshield. Technically, every window in your car is a windshield, including the one located in the back of the vehicle. Here's what you need to know about rear windshields.

Rear Windshield Features

Most rear windshields are a single piece of glass bonded to the vehicle frame. Some vehicles, usually trucks, feature a rear windshield that slides or tilts open to accommodate large loads or allow for increased air circulation.

Rear Windshield Manufacturing

Rear windshield glass, like side windows, sunroof glass, and quarter pane windows, is made of tempered glass, also known as safety glass. That means it has been treated to resist blunt force, but if it does break, it will shatter into harmless little chunks of glass instead of dangerous, sharp pieces.

A Clear View

Drivers going in reverse or changing lanes need to have a clear view of the area behind the vehicle. Sometimes rain, snow, and moisture causes the view to be blocked. The rear windshield defroster (those thin lines on rear windshields) heats the glass to clear condensation or melt frost, restoring the clear view. In addition, many vehicles are equipped with rear windshield wipers to clear excessive moisture and dirt. For additional information, see Tips For Cleaning Your Windshield and Windshield Wiper Care Tips.

Rear Windshield Damage

If your rear windshield glass is chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged, don't delay seeking professional help for it. The rear windshield, like the front windshield, provides structural support for your vehicle. If you have any questions about your rear windshield, please feel free to contact us.