Why you shouldn’t drive with a damaged windshield

Driving with broken auto glass is pretty much always a bad idea

Cracked, chipped and damaged windshields are often only viewed as cosmetic concerns. The truth is: they can pose several risks to drivers. Not only any minor damage can spread quickly, but it can also represent a distraction to the driver. Furthermore, windshields are designed to provide structural support for your vehicle and protect the occupants. A damaged windshield may result in the premature collapse of your roof or a-pillars during a collision or rollover. For this reason, driving with significant windshield damage is even illegal in many states across the US.

How long can I drive with a cracked windshield?

It is not advisable to drive with a cracked windshield for a long period of time, especially if the damage obstructs the driver’s view or is significant. Even if the crack is small, keep in mind that it will expand over time. Additionally, a cracked windshield can shatter anytime due to factors such as: temperature fluctuations, an object striking the glass, or the entrance of dirt in the crack. Even when not illegal, it can warrant a roadside vehicle inspection and our advise is to get it checked out as soon as possible. The availability of Mobile Services becomes especially handy at those times.