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 the United States and most of North America as the windshield. In many other countries, the same glass is referred to as the windscreen. Most modern windshields are made of laminated safety glass and bonded in place by a urethane sealant.
Windshield were initially designed to protect vehicle occupants from the wind created by traveling, but over time the role of the windshield has expanded. Today, windshields also are a safety component in most passenger vehicles, as they help contain front airbags when deployed.