Driving With a Cracked Windshield: Is it Safe?

A broken windshield can be a dangerous issue, whether it is caused by an accident, rocks, hail, or anything else.

Can You Drive With a Cracked Windshield?

In general, it’s not dangerous to drive if you have a small crack on your windshield. However, damaged glass should either be fixed or changed as quickly as possible.

  1. Windshields that are damaged offer less protection.
  2. Cracked windshields reduce visibility.

Windshields have been specially designed to protect passengers and drivers in the event of a severe impact. Two layers of laminated glass are used. The laminate and the inner layer of the glass keep the windshield together if one of the layers of glass breaks. This prevents the glass pieces from falling onto the road or injuring the occupants.

It doesn’t, however, mean you should ignore any damage to your windshield. Even a tiny crack can indicate that the structural integrity has been compromised. A damaged windshield is no longer as protective as a helmet. If the crack is large and near the edge or close to it, then the glass will need to be replaced.

Avoid driving with a cracked windshield if the glass is causing the driver to lose their vision. Moisture, dirt, and even windshield cleaner fluid can seep through the layers of glass, causing them to discolor and reduce visibility.

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