While a small chip or crack in a windshield may seem like an issue to put off for another day, it calls for immediate attention. Here are three reasons why it’s ill-advised to drive with a cracked windshield for a mile longer than necessary.
1. Poor Structural Integrity
In a rollover auto accident, windshields play a major part in providing structural integrity, and the same applies to front-end collisions. If the windshield becomes cracked, the protection and stability percentage plummets during an accident.
2. Improper Airbag Deployment
Windshields act as backstops for passenger-side airbags, ensuring that the bag properly inflates toward the passenger. Because of the sheer amount of force with which airbags can inflate, they need intact backstops to avoid inflating outside the windshield where they may not provide proper passenger protection.
3. State Laws
Depending on the state, there could be laws that prevent motorists from driving with a cracked windshield. This is because depending on the size of the crack, it could obstruct the driver’s view of the road ahead. The angle of the crack could also cause it to reflect sunlight, which can blind the driver. Rather than view a cracked windshield as a nuisance, motorists should take care of the problem as soon as possible. Quick action can go a long way in keeping others safe both inside and outside of the vehicle.