The looming question – Can I drive with a cracked or chipped windshield? The answer is “yes” but it is not recommended by any auto professional. The windshield is built to protect against weather, rocks, and other road debris. While the majority of people experience a cracked windshield at some point in their lives while driving, there are several safety risks to driving around with a cracked or chipped windshield.
Cracked Or Chipped Windshields:
When you have a cracked or chipped windshield, the thought of the weather affecting the chip or crack doesn’t really cross your mind. Well, weather can play a huge role in whether or not the crack can expand or shatter. Heat allows the crack to expand which can be extremely dangerous. If the crack is in the driver’s line of vision it prevents you from seeing the full picture of the road. If you have a cracked or chipped windshield we would recommend getting it fixed right away.
Decrease Airbag Deployment:
Airbags are usually inflated to prevent impact when a collision occurs. If your windshield is compromised by a chip or a crack it could prevent the airbag from deploying outward and would instead deploy it upward. Therefore, it could potentially not work as it is intended to. Don’t put yourself and your passengers at risk and get the windshield fixed as soon as possible!
When to Replace Your Windshield:
There are several factors to evaluate when considering whether or not to replace your windshield all-together due to cracks and chips. The size and position of the chip or crack is an indication of whether or not it is increasing in size. If the size is increasing – replace immediately. A chip or crack that is in in the driver’s line of vision is considered illegal in many states. We would recommend getting the crack or chip fixed or replaced to ensure way everyone stays safe! Some insurance companies actually waive your deductible and help you take care of the chips or cracks free of charge to you. Contact them to learn more about your options.
Cracks and chips in your windshield happen! But don’t live with the uncertainty of what could happen because of this. Get your windshield replaced or repaired as soon as possible!