Cracked Windshield While Driving: What to Do to Stay Safe

Most of the time we don’t get overly concerned about a tiny crack in our windshield. It might seem annoying, but isn’t something to rush to get fixed. Instead, we just add it to our to-do list and move on with our day. Cracked windshields need to be taken care of as soon as possible, but if you plan to delay the repair, you need to take steps to stay safe. In today’s blog, A1 Windshield Repair will explain how to stay safe with a cracked windshield.

Monitor Chips

A lot of cracks start out as small chips in the windshield, often from rocks or other highway debris. They may not seem like a big deal, but over time those tiny chips can form small cracks, which can then become bigger cracks, which can then cause some major problems. It is possible to repair small cracks to try and hold off replacing the entire windshield.

Watch The Location

The closer the crack is to the edge of the windshield, the more unstable the windshield is. Once the crack spreads to the edge, you should seriously consider replacing it. Another dangerous location for a crack is anywhere that might obstruct the driver’s view of the road and other cars. If it doesn’t feel safe to drive with the crack blocking your view, it probably isn’t. It isn’t worth it to get yourself or others injured in an accident that was preventable with proper maintenance.

There Are Laws Regarding Cracks

Different states have different laws about driving with a cracked windshield, usually regarding the location. It is usually illegal to drive with a crack that obstructs the view of the driver. In the state of Missouri, for example, it is illegal to drive with a crack that is any more than 4 inches up from the bottom.

A Cracked Windshield Cannot Provide Proper Protection

Once a windshield is cracked, it is not structurally sound. Windshields are made to protect the car’s passengers from debris and during an accident, and a cracked windshield is much more likely to give way. Though a windshield is laminated so it won’t usually shatter into the car, it can still shatter and cause injury.

A1 Windshield Repair Can Replace Your Windshield

If you have a chipped or cracked windshield and are thinking of getting it replaced, we can help. or for other questions about the services we provide, contact us or call us today at 417-831-6910.