Cracks and chips in a windshield can be annoying, especially if they’re right in your field of view, but they can easily be forgotten if they’re not. Unfortunately, they can be more than just an inconvenience. Chips and cracks can be a major safety hazard, and in some states, they’re even illegal. Though you might think that getting a ticket is the worst possible consequence of driving with a cracked windshield, in some cases it can be life threatening. In a roll-over accident, the windshield, along with the pillars, are what stops the roof from collapsing. If the windshield is cracked or damaged, it will lose strength and not perform as intended.
Protect Yourself and Others
Windshields are basically designed to be safe for that very first crack or break, so once that occurs, all bets are off as to how safe the window actually is. Small cracks can quickly become much larger just by driving over bumps in the road. Larger cracks and visible sections that are broken can easily collapse while traveling at higher speeds or going over larger bumps. It is important not to drive with a cracked or broken windshield because it can easily harm you or passengers in the vehicle. You can ensure your own safety, and the safety of others by getting your windshield immediately repaired the moment a crack appears.
Windshields act as a form of protection in the event that you get into an accident. The windshield is the barrier between you and any objects flying at you after an accident, and it’s the backstop of your airbags. Cracks weaken your windshield, and if you get into an accident with a cracked windshield, there’s a higher potential for injury to occur. Airbags, while many people don’t know this, actually use the windshield as a backstop. When airbags deploy with a cracked windshield, the windshield may shatter, and you will not have the support needed to stay in your seat if you aren’t buckled up. Ultimately, the windshield may crack and shatter, leaving the airbags little backstop to prevent you from flying out the window and into the road in front of you.
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