The windshield (North American English) or windshield (Commonwealth English) of an airplane, car, bus, motorcycle, truck, train, boat or tram is the front window, which provides visibility and protects occupants from the elements. This piece of glass is essential for the safety of the driver and passengers, as it helps to support the car's structure. In European cars, this window is also known as a windshield. It can have an integrated antenna, defrost cables, and even a wiper unit.
On some vehicles, the rear window is not fixed but can be lowered like the door glass. Pickup truck models often have rear sliding windows. Rear glass, also called rear window glass, rear windshield, or rear glass, is the piece of glass opposite a vehicle's windshield. This type of glass is made of tempered glass, also known as safety glass.
When broken, it breaks into small round pieces. This is different from a front windshield which is made of laminated glass - two pieces of glass with vinyl in the middle. Automatic glass can be either tempered or laminated. The glass used for front and rear door windows and the rear window are usually made of tempered glass while the windshield is made of laminated glass.
Laminated glass is widely used in the automotive industry but can be used for any application where there is a potential for impact by a person. Many newer vehicles now offer molded door glass that replaces vent windows with a single piece of glass. On the other hand, many newer vehicles have molded glass in the doors where a piece of glass replaces the ventilation windows.