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Is It Dangerous to Drive with a Cracked Windshield?

Jul 3, 2017, 06:59 AM by Discount Auto Glass

A cracked windshield can be a real pain. Even in today’s world of extra-strong safety glass, a small rock can crack your windshield and cause some real problems to your car. At Discount Auto Glass, we recommend you have your windshield repaired as soon as there is a problem. Even a minor crack or chip can turn into a major problem. We offer both chip old truckrepair for small cracks and chips and complete windshield repair for larger problems at our stores across Arkansas and Southwest Missouri.

Sometimes, however, it doesn’t seem like the damage is dangerous or it is necessary to perform auto glass repair. Here are some things to consider when thinking about whether or not it is too dangerous to drive with a cracked windshield:

1. Location

If the crack is on the passenger side of your windshield and outside of your plane of view, it might not be as dangerous. But if it obstructs your view whatsoever, it is dangerous and you will need to get it fixed. Not only is it dangerous to drive when your windshield obstructs your view, but in most states it is also illegal. It is better to have your windshield replaced than to have your entire car replaced when you get in an accident because you can’t see.

2. Size

If the crack is small, then it is not necessarily dangerous to drive. A small crack should not obstruct your view so much that you cannot see. A large crack, however, can be extremely dangerous. If a crack is large than it definitely obstructs your view and could give out under rough conditions of rain, sleet, or hail. If you have a large crack in your windshield, it is too dangerous to drive and you should get it repaired.

3. Growth

Even the smallest cracks can grow into major ones, which it is why it is so important to car with busted out windshieldhave your windshield repaired while it is a minor problem rather than let it grow into a major one. Weather conditions, such as heat or rain, can cause the glass to expand or retract and make the crack grow. As the crack grows, it becomes much more dangerous to drive. We recommend having a crack inspected and repaired as soon as it appears.

4. Collision

The windshield plays a major role in the structural integrity of a car. It encompasses a large part of the front of the car and plays a vital role in protecting the car’s passengers. If a windshield is cracked, it no longer has the tension or strength as it did when it was intact. This can cause a major problem if you are in an accident.

  • The windshield transfers impact away from the car’s interior. A damaged windshield does a much poorer job at transferring impact, meaning you will feel a collision more inside the car than you would if you had an intact windshield.
  • The windshield offers support to the roof of the car. If you are involved in a roll-over accident, the likelihood of the roof caving in greatly increases. If you have a fully intact and repaired windshield, then the roof is much less likely to cave.
  • The windshield is essential in airbag deployment. In most cars, the windshield provides the support for the passenger-side airbag to inflate and be deployed. If the windshield is cracked or even chipped, the airbag will not inflate with much force and could result in a major injury to the passenger which could have been avoided just by repairing your windshield.

5. Repair

cracked glassAs you can see, the windshield plays a vital role in protecting you not only from the elements but collisions as well. While in some situations it is not as dangerous to drive with a cracked or chipped windshield, it is a wise idea to have it replaced before the situation turns bad.

Discount Auto Glass in Arkansas and Missouri offers auto glass repair at a great price. We can take appointments at one of our eight locations throughout Arkansas and our one location in Joplin, Missouri, or we can come to you at no additional cost. Give us a call at 501-377-9575 or use our online form to get a quote.

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