windscreen, windshield

Windscreen

The window glass at the front of a vehicle, through which the driver and front seat passenger of a car view the road and the world is known in some countries as the windscreen. In most of North America and specifically in the United States, this glass is called the windshield.

Most modern windshields are made of laminated safety glass and bonded in place by a urethane sealant. Windscreens were initially designed to protect vehicle occupants from the wind created by traveling, but over time the role of the windshield has expanded. Today, windscreens also are a safety component in most passenger vehicles, as they help contain front airbags when deployed.

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