What Are The Dangers Of Driving With A Cracked Windshield?

If you have a crack in your windshield, you may be wondering if you really need to have it repaired. It is strongly recommended that you have a windshield crack filled or the windshield replaced as soon as possible. This is because there are dangers associated with driving around with a cracked windshield that has not been filled or repaired. Here are a few of those dangers:

The Crack May Impair Your Line of Vision

One of the dangers associated with failing to repair a windshield chip or crack is that the chip or crack may grow. Chips and cracks can grow quickly due the vibration of a bumpy road or due hot or cold weather causing the windshield to expand or contract. The crack can quickly grow and this can cause it to block or impair your line of vision while you are driving. This makes it harder to see possible problems while you are on the road, which may expose you to an accident. 

The Windshield May Shatter

Another danger associated with not repairing replacing a cracked windshield is that the windshield may shatter if you drive over a speed bump too quickly or hit a pothole. This sudden jolt can cause an already damaged windshield to suddenly and unexpectedly shatter, which can be dangerous to you and anyone who may be sitting in your passenger seat. 

The Windshield Won't Offer Accident Protection

The last danger associated with failing to fix or repair a crack in your windshield is that the crack can affect the strength of your windshield. Your windshield plays an important role in an accident. The windshield helps to prevent you from flying out of the car in an accident, helps to support the roof and keep it from caving if your vehicle rolls over and helps to protect your face and head if the front end of the car is squished inward. But if the windshield has a crack, it is not structurally-sound and strong, which may cause it to fail in the event of an accident. 

 If you have a crack in your windshield, it is important that you bring it to an auto glass repair shop to have the crack filled or the windshield replaced. Failing to do so can cause the crack to grow and impair your line of vision while driving, may cause the windshield to shatter if you hit a pothole or speed bump quickly or minimizes the protection that the windshield offers you in the event of a car accident. 

Contact a company like Frankie & Dylan's Collision for more information and assistance.