Should I Keep Driving with a Crack in My Windshield?

Keeping your vehicle regularly maintained is a great way to avoid surprise issues from popping up.  However, we can’t always predict what will happen to us while we’re on the road!  A cracked windshield can happen anywhere at any time.  Since some cracks start extremely small, many people continue driving for a long period before having it repaired.  Vic Auto is here to help you understand just how long it’s safe to stay on the road with a cracked windshield as well as how to go about getting it repaired properly!

Cracks can be caused by something as simple as a small piece of debris striking your windshield or a change in temperature or air pressure.  While most cracks start small, many drivers become concerned about whether or not they should hit the road before having their windshield replaced.  While you can drive with a cracked windshield, it is ill-advised.  Many states even issue fines and tickets for drivers on the road with a crack.  

A windshield with any sized crack can pose a danger to both the driver of the vehicle and others on the road.  If your view is obstructed, you are far more likely to get into a car accident.  Impacts can even cause your window to shatter completely.  While windshields are designed with multiple layers of glass to help prevent shattered pieces from falling out, you won’t be able to see at all if it spreads across the entire glass front.  

How long you can drive around before getting a repair does depend on how large the crack is and whether or not it impedes your visibility on the road.  The longer you wait, however, the more expensive it will likely become.  Having a small crack repaired usually costs far less than having to replace your entire windshield.  It’s also a much quicker process, which can eliminate the need to rent a vehicle or miss work while waiting for a larger repair to be finished.

Getting your windshield repaired is easy!  You simply need to find and call a repair service such as Vic Auto!  A well-trained and knowledgeable technician can come to you so that you don’t spend any additional time on the road and make the repairs onsite. 

Vic Auto Collision & Repair can provide you with mechanical work, full-service repairs for all imports, domestic, and European cars, complete vehicle maintenance, and more!  Our award-winning body shop can also provide paint jobs with no appointment needed! For more information give us a call at (281) 370-0101. You’ll find us at 17545 Kuykendahl Road in Spring, Texas.
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